Three more fights were announced for UFC Singapore on Sunday, including the return of Michael Johnson to lightweight, against Stevie Ray.
The UFC’s next trip to Singapore — call it an excursion into enemy territory at this point, as ONE Championship calls the Asian nation home — had a number of fights announced Sunday. Among them, the return of Michael Johnson to the lightweight division, against Stevie Ray, and a heavyweight showdown between TUF alum Maurice Greene and Russia’s Sergei Pavlovich.
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Also announced for the October card, another heavyweight bout featuring Ciryl Gane (4-0) vs. Don’Tale Mayes (6-2).
Immediately standing out is Johnson’s return to the lightweight division. Johnson (19–14) had been plying his trade at featherweight, where he had gone 2-2 over four fights. A small hiccup at UFC Moncton saw Johnson miss weight, however it’s worth noting that the fighter was unaware there was no extra hour allotted by the athletic commission in New Brunswick.
Welcoming Johnson back to 155lbs will be Stevie Ray (22–9). The former BAMMA champ is just 1-3 in his last four fights.
Undefeated in the UFC, Greene (8-2) most recently knocked out Junior Albini at UFC on ESPN 3 in June. Sergei Pavlovich (13-1), meanwhile, bounced back from a loss to Alistair Overeem by defeating Marcelo Golm at UFC St. Petersburg in April.
UFC Singapore (UFC Fight Night 162 / UFC on ESPN+ 20) takes place October 26, 2019 at the Singapore Indoor Arena in Kallang, Singapore. The main event sees Ben Askren take on Demian Maia in a grappling fan’s dream.