A pair of featherweight prospects will be looking to get back in the win column next month.
New Zealand’s Shane Young and Venezuelan Omar Morales will fight on March 27 at UFC 260. The New Zealand Herald first reported the news.
Morales (10-1) suffered his first professional loss last time out against Giga Chikadze at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen on ‘Fight Island.’ He lost via unanimous decision. Five months prior, he defeated Gabriel Benítez at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira, the second UFC event back after the sports world shut down.
Young (13-5) also lost on ‘Fight Island’ and will be looking to rebound. At UFC 253, he lost to Ludovít Klein via knockout. Klein missed weight by five pounds, which caused Young’s City Kickboxing teammate and middleweight champion Israel Adesanya to criticize the UFC’s policy of fining fighters for missing weight. Young’s only other loss in the UFC has come from the current featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, back in 2017.
This will be the first time Young has fought in the United States when he faces Morales at UFC 260.
With the addition of Shane Young vs. Omar Morales, UFC 260 looks like this:
- Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou
- Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega
- Jimmy Crute vs. Anthony Smith
- Modestas Bukauskas vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
- Hannah Goldy vs. Jessica Penne
- Vicente Luque vs. Tyron Woodley
- Thomas Almeida vs. Sean O’Malley
- Blagoy Ivanov vs. Marcin Tybura
- Abu Azaitar vs. Marc-Andre Barriault
- Jamie Mullarkey vs. Khama Worthy