Anthony Rocco Martin vs. Sergio Moraes, Four Other Bouts Announced for UFC Wichita

By: Tristen Critchfield
Jan 8, 2019

The lineup for UFC Fight Night Wichita continues to grow, as the promotion revealed multiple bouts for the March 9 event.

In addition to confirming a previously reported headliner pitting Derrick Lewis against Junior dos Santos as well as another heavyweight clash between Ben Rothwell and Blagoy Ivanov, five other contests were announced on Tuesday: Antony Rocco Martin vs. Sergio Moraes at welterweight; Beneil Dariush vs. Drew Dober at lightweight; Tim Boetsch vs. Amari Akhmedov at middleweight; Marion Renau vs. Yana Kunitskaya at women’s bantamweight and Daniel Spitz vs. Jeff Hughes at heavyweight.

UFC Wichita takes place at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan., and streams on ESPN+. The card will mark the Las Vegas-based promotion’s debut in Kansas.

Martin has compiled a 3-0 mark since moving to 170 pounds, including a submission of Jake Matthews in his most recent outing at UFC Fight Night 142. Moraes has won four of his last five Octagon appearances and is coming off a submission of Ben Saunders at UFC Fight Night 137.

Dariush halted a three-bout winless skid with a three-round verdict over Thiago Moises at UFC Fight Night 139. Dober, meanwhile, earned his third triumph in a row with a decision against Jon Tuck at UFC Fight Night 135.

Boetsch came up short in his only appearance of 2018, tapping to an Antonio Carlos Jr. rear-naked choke at UFC on Fox 29. Akhmedov will return to action for the first time since December 2017, when he battled Marvin Vettori to a majority draw at UFC 219.

Kunitskaya, who was originally booked to face Reneau at the canceled UFC 233 event, outpointed Lina Lansberg at UFC 229 in her most recent fight. Reneau had a four-fight unbeaten streak snapped in a decision loss against Cat Zingano at UFC Fight Night 133.

Spitz is 1-2 in the Las Vegas-based promotion, including a second-round KO loss to Walt Harris on June 1. Hughes earned a UFC deal with a knockout of Josh Appelt on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.

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