With just a few days to go before the UFC Fight Night 162 welterweight main event on ESPN+, which takes place Sat., Oct. 26, 2019, the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion brought 170-pound headliners, Demian Maia and Ben Askren, face-to-face for a special media day in Singapore.
Maia (27-9) is coming off back-to-back wins over Lyman Good and Anthony Rocco Martin following a string of consecutive defeats to some of the division’s top wrestlers. While he turns 42 in just a few weeks, the Brazilian is still considered one of the best grapplers in the sport.
He’ll need to be for this contest.
Askren (19-1, 1 NC) made his Octagon debut with a controversial win over Robbie Lawler at UFC 235 back in March, then got put out to pasture by Jorge Masvidal just a couple of months later. The 35 year-old Olympian needs a commanding performance if he hopes to remain in the division Top 10.
In the UFC Singapore co-main event, Michael Johnson returns to lightweight against Stevie Ray. In addition, Sergei Pavlovich and Maurice Greene collide in 265-pound action, while Frank Camacho vs. Beneil Dariush hook ‘em up for lightweight bragging rights.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 162 fight card on Saturday (click here), starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” undercard bouts at 5 a.m. ET, followed by the ESPN+ main card start time of 8 a.m. ET.
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