UFC returns to Pheonix with Fight Night event in January

The UFC will be making its second trip to Pheonix early next year.

The promotion announced on Friday that it would be holding a UFC Fight Night event at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 15. It’s first event in Pheonix was UFC on FOX 13 in 2014 which was headlined by a heavyweight bout between Junior Dos Santos and Stipe Miocic.

So far, the card does not have a main event but three matchups have been announced.

Fighting out of France, Cyril Asker (7-2) will be taking on Russian prospect Dmitry Smoliakov (8-1) in a heavyweight bout. Asker is coming off of a knockout loss to Jared Cannonier at UFC Fight Night 86, breaking his five-fight win streak. Smoliakov, also coming off of a loss, suffered his first professional defeat to Luis Henrique at UFC on FOX 20. Prior to that, the 34-year old had finished all eight of his opponents.

The other two announced bouts are between light-heavyweights Bojan Mihajlovic (10-4) and Joachim Christensen (13-4) and heavyweights Viktor Pesta (10-3) and Damian Grabowski (20-4).


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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