The UFC 253 lineup appears to be nearly complete.
On Tuesday, the promotion announced three more fights, including a welterweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Jake Matthews, a featherweight fight between Brad Riddell and Alex Da Silva, and a lightweight bout between Nate Landwehr and Shane Young.
The Landwehr (14-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Young (13-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) booking was first reported by Cageside Press.
The lone member of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Season 1 still competing in the UFC, Sanchez (30-12 MMA, 19-12 UFC) has won three of his last four fights. He most recently competed in February, winning via disqualification due to an illegal knee landed by opponent Michel Perreira.
Matthews (16-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) has won five of his last six fights. He’s riding back-to-back wins over Rostem Akman and Emil Meek. His only loss since November 2016 came against Anthony Rocco Martin.
When Riddell (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) takes on da Silva (21-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), he will join City Kickboxing teammates Israel Adesanya and Shane Young on the card.
With the addition, the UFC 253 lineup includes:
- Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa – UFC middleweight title
- Jan Blachowicz vs. Dominick Reyes
- Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price
- Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval
- Claudia Gadelha vs. Xiaonan Yan
- Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane
- Heili Alateng vs. Casey Kenney
- David Dvorak vs. Jordan Espinosa
- Jake Matthews vs. Diego Sanchez
- Brad Riddell vs. Alex da Silva
- Nate Landwehr vs. Shane Young
Original Article posted mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/08/ufc-253-diego-sanchez-vs-jake-matthews-two-other-fights-booked/ by Nolan King