UFC Rochester gets Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz trilogy fight

The UFC has confirmed four new matchups for its May return to New York and debut in the city of Rochester.

UFC on ESPN+ 9 takes place May 18 at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial. The event streams on ESPN+.

In a featured bout, lightweights Charles Oliveira (26-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) and Nik Lentz (30-9-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC) will face off a third time in a rivalry that stretches over eight years and two fights. Oliveira is on a tear that includes four consecutive submission victories, while Lentz has won his past two. The last time they met, in 2015, Oliveira got the third-round tap.

Other fights confirmed include a welterweight bout between Danny Roberts (16-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and UFC newcomer Michel Pereira (22-9 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who steps in to replace New York native Randy Brown. Roberts is coming off a submission loss to Claudio Silva in a hotly contested bout this past month, while Pereira arrives with a 41-second KO on the international circuit this past December.

Featherweights Julio Arce (15-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Julian Erosa (22-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) hope to kick recent setbacks in the octagon. Erosa put up a good fight against Grant Dawson, but dropped a unanimous decision for his second straight loss. Arce lost a split decision to Sheymon Moraes that snapped a seven-fight winning streak.

Lightweight Davi Ramos (9-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), a highly decorated jiu-jitsu specialist, attempts to build on a three-fight winning streak that includes back-to-back first round submissions. He faces newcomer Austin Hubbard (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who’s won his past three on the regional circuit.

With the additions, the latest UFC on ESPN+ 9 lineup includes:

  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee
  • Vicente Luque vs. Neil Magny
  • Ian Heinisch vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
  • Sijara Eubanks vs. Aspen Ladd
  • Zak Cummings vs. Trevin Giles
  • Patrick Cummins vs. Ed Herman
  • Grant Dawson vs. Mike Trizano
  • Megan Anderson vs. Felicia Spencer
  • Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira
  • Michel Pereira vs. Danny Roberts
  • Julio Arce vs. Julian Erosa
  • Austin Hubbard vs. Davi Ramos

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 9, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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