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Midnight Mania! Da’Mon Blackshear fills in versus Mario Bautista at UFC 292 in second fight in seven days

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Da’Mon Blackshear is setting himself up for an incredible August. “Da Monster” fought just a couple days ago at UFC Vegas 78, securing just the third twister submission in UFC history over Jose Johnson (watch highlights). Now, according to a first report from Cole Shelton, he’s filling in for the injured Cody Garbrandt opposite Mario Bautista at UFC 292 this Saturday (Aug. 19, 2023) in Boston, Massachusetts.

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MASSIVE MIDDLEWEIGHT MATCH! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its highly anticipated return to Sydney, Australia, for the first time in five years on Sat., Sept. 9, 2023, with a 185-pound world title fight inside Qudos Bank Arena. In the ESPN+-streamed pay-per-view (PPV) main event, Middleweight roost-ruler, Israel Adesanya, plans to silence No. 5-seeded contender, Sean Strickland. In UFC 293’s hard-hitting Heavyweight co-main event, No-6-ranked fan favorite, Tai Tuivasa, locks horns with towering Russian, Alexander Volkov (No. 8).

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Assuming he passes medicals and makes it into the Octagon, Blackshear will tie the modern era UFC record for fastest turnaround. In October 2021, Lupita Goodinez also fought at consecutive events, winning her first bout then coming up short in the second appearance.

It certainly helps that Blackshear won his last one quickly, scoring a takedown early in the round and taking little damage en route to the submission win. He rides a two-fight win streak into this opportunity, and the 29 year old could really make a name for himself with a victory.

Bautista is not an easy opponent, either. The 30-year-old MMA Lab-trained product has won four straight, including his last three via first-round submission. Bautista’s recent strong performances were supposed to earn him a step up in competition against a former champion in Garbrandt, but instead, he’ll face a fellow hungry up-and-comer. It’s better than not fighting, but this bout is a different kind of dangerous for Bautista.

Anyone think Blackshear makes UFC history with two wins in seven days?


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Song Yadong getting after it while sparring a high-level kickboxer:

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

34 seconds of pure chaos!

Batting average of 1000.

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Pre-prepared salad.

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