UFC Fight Pass is the future of the league, and it is heading there via measured steps.
This is the first time a male UFC title fight has been available solely on Fight Pass.
UFC Fight Night 90 on Thursday, July 7 will be part of the massive week of MMA around UFC 200.
RDA is coming off a win over Donald ‘Cowboy Cerrone in December. A planned fight with Conor McGregor was scrapped when the Brazilian injured his foot. Alvarez is on a two fight win streak, with split decisions over Gil Melendez and Athony Pettis. The fight prior to that was a loss to Cerrone, who came up short in his title shot.
Friday, July 8 will feature the TUF 23 Finale, with women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczykdefending her title vs. Claudia Gadelha. UFC 200 on Saturday, July 9, will feature UFC women’s bantamweught champion Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes, Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title, and a rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
Speaking to the media ahead of his return to the Octagon at UFC on FOX 19, top contender Khabib Nurmagomedov took a shot at his lightweight peers:
“I never lost a round my whole career,” Nurmagomedov told the media on Thursday at the UFC on FOX 19 open workouts. “I beat the current lightweight champion. I hope these guys give me a title shot. This is not my problem that I have Darrel Horcher. I asked Cowboy, I asked Eddie Alvarez, I asked Tony Ferguson, and nobody came. This is not my problem.
“I’m undefeated all my life. Eddie Alvarez loses all the time, ‘Cowboy’ loses, Tony Ferguson loses. UFC needs somebody different. Somebody new, new level, new generation. I hope the UFC gives me a title shot after this fight because a lot of people agree with me. A lot of fans agree with me. I’m undefeated. All these bums lose all the time. Nate Diaz has lost 10 times, McGregor has lost, Tony Ferguson has lost, Eddie Alvarez, Cowboy, everybody has lost. I am undefeated. UFC needs to give me a title shot.”