Full Line-Up Announced for UFC’s April 22 Event, Including Usman vs. Tafa Heavyweight Bout

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Mohammed Usman, UFC Vegas 59 weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

The UFC has announced the full line-up for its April 22 Fight Night card.

On Friday, promotion officials announced via press release multiple previously reported match-ups for the event, which will take place at the Apex in Las Vegas. Headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Sergei Pavlovich and Curtis Blaydes, the event will also feature the non-TUF debut of Mohammed Usman (8-2), brother of former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru.

Heavyweight Usman will take on Junior Tafa (4-0) at the event. Australia’s Tafa had been expected to make his promotional debut at UFC 284 in Perth, but after a change in opponents was himself forced out due to injury.

As is the case with Usman, Tafa also has a brother competing in the UFC, with Justin Tafa holding a 3-3 record in the heavyweight division.

In total, 15 fights were confirmed for the event by UFC officials on Friday, with the card breaking down as follows:

  • Sergei Pavlovich vs. Curtis Blaydes
  • Song Yadong vs. Ricky Simon
  • Brad Tavares vs. Bruno Silva
  • Jeremiah Wells vs. Matthew Semelsberger
  • Bobby Green vs. Jared Gordon
  • Iasmin Lucindo vs. Brogan Walker
  • Caio Borralho vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
  • Rick Glenn vs. Christos Giagos
  • Rani Yahya vs. Montel Jackson
  • Karol Rosa vs. Norma Dumont
  • Carlos Candelario vs. Rafael Estevam
  • Mohammed Usman vs. Junior Tafa
  • Francis Marshall vs. William Gomis
  • Pricscila Cachoeira vs. Karine Silva
  • Brady Hiestand vs. Batgerel Danaa