A handful of fights have been announced for the UFC Raleigh card set to go down this January.
The UFC’s first trip to Raleigh, North Carolina will be headlined by Junior Dos Santos vs. Curtis Blaydes, while the co-headliner will see Frankie Edgar take on Cory Sandhagen. That much was reported Wednesday. However Thursday, the UFC’s official website also unveiled bouts featuring the likes of Justine Kish, Alen Amedovski, Darko Stosic and others.
A bout previously reported by Cageside Press featuring Herbert Burns and Nate Landwehr was also confirmed.
In total, four bouts that had hitherto flown under the radar were announced:
Justine Kish vs. Lucie Pudilova
Bevon Lewis vs. Alen Amedovski
Jamahal Hill vs. Darko Stosic
Montel Jackson vs. Felipe Colares
The women’s flyweight bout between Justine Kish and Lucie Pudilova will see Kish (6-2) looking to snap a two-fight losing streak. It will have been roughly two years since Kish last graced to octagon when she steps into the cage in Raleigh. Pudilova (8-5), meanwhile, has lost three straight, her most recent defeat coming in August against Antonina Shevchenko.
Bevon Lewis (6-2), who has lost his first two UFC appearances following a win on the Contender Series, will meet former Bellator MMA fighter Alen Amedovski (8-2). Like ‘The Extraordinary Gentleman’ Lewis, Amedovski sits at 0-2 in the UFC.
Jamahal Hill vs. Darko Stosic will see light heavyweights collide. Stosic (13–3) has lost two straight, most recently against Kennedy Nzechukwu. The foul-filled fight saw Stosic have points deducted twice due to groin strikes. Hill (6-0) will be making his debut after a win on Dana White’s Contender Series in July.
Finally, bantamweight Montel Jackson (8-1) will ride a two-fight win streak into his fight with Felipe Colares (9-1).
UFC Raleigh (UFC Fight Night 166 / UFC on ESPN+ 24) takes place on January 25, 2020 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.