With the UFC’s event calendar empty for the remainder of the year, mixed martial arts fans will have to look elsewhere for fights during the next three weekends until UFC Vegas 67 kicks things off the new year for the promotion on January 14th.
There are currently twelve fights scheduled for the card, which will take place from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since the event is still nearly a month away, don’t be surprised if there are at least one or two additions/changes made to the current lineup.
The main event for UFC Vegas 67 will feature Kelvin Gastelum vs Nassourdine Imavov in battle of ranked UFC Middleweights. These two were originally scheduled to fight at UFC 273 last April, but that fight was cancelled due to Imavov work VISA issues.
While Nassourdine subsequently fought (and won) a decision with Joaquin Buckley in July, Gastelum will be returning to the octagon for the first time since an August 2021 loss to Jared Cannonier.
The co-main event of the card will feature Shavkat Rakhmonov against Geoff Neal in what should be a pretty fun matchup featuring one of the best up-and-comers in the UFC Welterweight division taking on his biggest challenge to date in the promotion.
Rakhmonov is 16-0 in his career and has started his UFC run 4-0 after his most recent victory over Neil Magny. He has a 100% finish rate with a perfect split of eight knockouts and eight submissions.
Neal is coming off a statement making knockout victory of his own over Vicente Luque back in August and will be looking for another massive win if he can give Rakhmonov his first pro loss.
The rest of the current card is a nice blend of veteran matchups and some solid prospects who are trying to work their way up in their respective divisions to start off the new year.
Ketlen Viera and Raquel Pennington is an interesting matchup in the UFC women’s bantamweight division that could potentially earn the winner a chance to face division champion Amanda Nunes at some point later in the year.
Umar Nurmagomedov vs Raoni Barcelos should be another entertaining fight between two highly regarded fighters in the UFC bantamweight division. Nurmagomedov is 15-0 heading into this matchup and will be looking to keep his momentum going after putting together a 3-0 start with the promotion.
UFC featherweight David Onama was originally scheduled for this card against Jarno Errens, but is currently without an opponent after Errens was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury. Don’t be surprised if the UFC tries to find him a short notice opponent over the holidays to get another fight booked for the event.
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