The first number of the UFC’s lightest weight, Marlon Moraes, received an opponent and was eliminated from the list of likely candidates for a fight with the current champion of the division, Peter Yan.

Informed sources close to the situation report that the fight between Marlon Moraes and Corey Sandhagen will headline the UFC Fight Night series tournament, which will take place on October 10, presumably on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

In particular, this information was confirmed by the Manager of the Brazilian, Ali Abdelaziz.

32-year-old Marlon Moraes returns to the octagon after winning a split decision over Jose Aldo, which closed an early defeat in the title fight against Henry Cejudo, and 28-year-old Corey Sandhagen, who occupies the fourth line in the division’s rating, in the previous match suffered the first defeat under the UFC banner, losing by strangulation from behind to Aljamain Sterling.

Javier Mendez gave a forecast for the fight of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier’s trainer, Javier Mendez, does not expect an early end to the third match against Stipe Miocic, and believes that this time the heavyweights will spend all five rounds in the octagon.

“This time I am more confident in the victory of DC than in the second match,” Mendes said in an interview with Brett Okamoto. “But I also realize that Stipe is the champion again, and that he will be even stronger, so I consider our advantage insignificant. I’m not going to talk about a significant superiority over the Stipe. Yes, I am more confident of winning than in the previous match, so if you ask me, I will say Yes, we will win. But I will not say that we will knock him out – I expect a five-round war. So I think that we will win by a decision based on the results of five rounds»

Recall that the final match of the trilogy between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will headline the UFC 252 tournament, which will take place on August 15 in Las Vegas.