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Midnight Mania! Paulo Costa vs Jared Cannonier, Darren Till vs Derek Brunson set as August main events

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The Middleweight division is about to gain a great deal of clarity! ESPN’s Brett Okamoto has reported that August will see a pair of main event Middleweight battles in Paulo Costa vs. Jared Cannonier and Darren Till vs. Derek Brunson.

Costa and Cannonier are set to collide on August 21. Paulo Costa enters the bout following a difficult loss to Israel Adesanya, but “Borrachinha” remains a highly-ranked Middleweight elite. Similarly, Cannonier was outdueled by Robert Whittaker in his last bout, but “Killa Gorilla” was riding a serious wave of momentum and closing in on a title shot prior to that loss.

Both men may be coming off defeats, but that does little to takeaway from the shine of this surefire slugfest.

Scheduled a week prior (August 14) to that barnburner is another intriguing Middleweight contest in Till vs. Brunson. Till is one fight removed from a competitive loss to Whittaker, more recently having broken his collarbone in preparation to fight Marvin Vettori. Brunson, meanwhile, has really turned his career around, showcasing a newfound composure to pick up four wins in a row over some highly touted prospects.

None of these bouts are necessarily title eliminators (not until Whittaker gets his shot at least), but the victors are definitely close to the top!

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.