Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing mixed martial arts (MMA) fans a slam-bang lightweight headliner for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 135 combat sports extravaganza on FOX Sports 1, set for Aug. 25, 2018 inside Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Justin Gaethje vs. Al Iaquinta, according to a report from ESPN.
This would mark the third main event for Gaethje (18-2) since crossing over from World Series of Fighting (WSOF) last summer. While each of his UFC fights has lived up to his “Highlight” moniker, the 29-year-old slugger has only seen the win column once in three attempts.
As for Iaquinta (13-4-1), his stock went up — way up — after taking a short-notice fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC 223 headliner last April. Unfortunately he was whooped from pillar to post, snapping a five-fight win streak dating back to late 2014.
“Raging Al” however, doesn’t appear to be on board.
The UFC Lincoln fight card has yet to come together, but is expected to also showcase a featherweight showdown between Rani Yahya and Luke Sanders. Expect more pairings to trickle in over the next few weeks.