The promotion announced the matchup on Monday. The “TUF 27” finale
takes place at the Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas on July 6 and will
also feature the featherweight and lightweight finals from the
current season of the reality show. The card will air on Fox Sports
1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Adesanya has kicked off his pro career with 13 consecutive
triumphs, including two under the UFC banner. After dispatching
Wilkinson via second-round TKO in his Octagon debut at UFC 221,
“The Last Stylebender” captured a split verdict over Marvin
Vettori in his sophomore outing at UFC on Fox 29. The win over
Vetori was the first fight that Adesanya was unable to stop via
knockout or technical knockout.
Tavares enters the matchup on a four-bout winning streak. Most
recently, the 30-year-old Hawaiian scored a third-round technical
knockout of Krzysztof
Jotko at UFC on Fox 29. Tavares has compiled an 11-4 record in
the UFC since beginning his tenure with the Las Vegas-based
organization in 2011.