Welterweight action is in place at the UFC’s April 29, 2023 Fight Night card.
Josh Quinlan (6-0, 1NC) will face Ange Loosa (9-3) at the event, which does not yet have a location or venue officially announced.
Iridium Sports Agency, who represent Quinlan, announced the match-up on Tuesday.
Quinlan won his promotional debut in his last fight, knocking out Jason Witt in the opening round at UFC San Diego. That fight had to be pushed back a week from it’s original date at UFC Vegas 59, after Quinlan’s drug test showed trace amounts of DHCMT.
The levels detected did not constitute a violation under the UFC’s anti-doping policy, but the NSAC pulled the fighter pending further investigation. The same governing body had previously issued Quinlan a sanction following a prior failed drug test.
Quinlan won his way into the UFC on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2021, but had his win overturned to a No Contest and his debut delayed after testing positive for a banned substance, drostanolone.
“Bushido” was hit with a nine-month suspension plus fine as a result.
Loosa is 1-1 in the promotion thus far, having picked up his first win inside the octagon against AJ Fletcher last August. Also a Contender Series alum, Loosa dropped a unanimous decision against Jack Della Maddalena on the show, but bounced back with a win over John Howard at XMMA 4 prior to being called up to the UFC.
The UFC’s April 29, 2023 event does not currently have a main event announced or reported. The following match-ups have been reported for the Fight Night card:
- Natan Levy vs. Pete Rodriguez
- Chelsea Chandler vs. Danyelle Wolf
- Journey Newson vs. Brian Kelleher
- Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Waldo Cortes-Acosta
- Michał Oleksiejczuk vs. Caio Borralho
- Cody Brundage vs. Rodolfo Vieira
- Josh Quinlan vs. Ange Loosa