UFC Returns to Sacramento in July

By: Jay Pettry
Apr 25, 2019


The Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to the city of Sacramento, Calif., for the first time since 2016.

According to a report from Combate on Thursday, and later confirmed by sources speaking to Sherdog.com, the UFC is returning to Sacramento, Calif. on July 13 with a Fight Night card that already has two bouts billed. Lightweights Beneil Dariush (16-4-1) and Drakkar Klose (10-1-1) will be squaring off, while at middleweight, Cezar Ferreira (13-7) is slated to clash with Marvin Vettori (12-4-1). The Las Vegas-based promotion last held an event in Sacramento at UFC on Fox 22 in December 2016.

Dariush is riding a two-fight win streak for the first time since 2016, most recently tapping out Drew Dober with an armbar this March. That submission of Dober carried with it a "Performance of the Night" bonus, which was only his second across 15 UFC appearances. All four of the fighters to finish him throughout his UFC career, however, have earned post-fight bonuses for stopping the durable Iranian-born competitor.

Klose had a sterling 2018 campaign, taking decisions over Lando Vannata and Bobby Green. Klose has lost only once in his career, dropping a decision to David Teymur at UFC 218 in December 2017. All five of Klose's bouts inside the Octagon have gone the distance.

Winner of the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" at middleweight, Ferreira has competed in the division for all but one of his 14 UFC bouts. His lone stint at 170 pounds resulted in a knockout loss at the hands of current top contender Jorge Masvidal. Although he lost his last bout against Ian Heinisch last November, prior to that "Mutante" handed Karl Roberson his first loss of his career by putting Roberson to sleep with an arm-triangle choke at UFC 224.

Vettori will be returning from a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspension, where as a result of a contaminated supplement, he tested positive for ostarine. As his failed test came in August 2018, his retroactive six-month suspension has already ended. Vettori most recently lost a split decision to current interim middleweight champ Israel Adesanya, and prior to that drew with Omari Akhmedov.

UFC Fight Night 155 will take place on July 13 at a to-be-announced venue in Sacramento, Calif. No headliner has been announced.

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