26 Jan, 2020

Kevin Lee vs. Charles Oliveira booked for UFC on ESPN+ 28 main event – MMA Junkie

The UFC’s return to Brasilia finally has a main event.

Lightweight contenders Kevin Lee and Charles Oliviera will square off in the UFC on ESPN+ 28 headliner. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie following an initial Tuesday report from Combate. The person asked to remain anonymous since the UFC hasn’t made an announcement.

UFC on ESPN+ 28 takes place March 14 at Ginasio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil. The card is expected to stream on ESPN+.

Lee (18-5 MMA, 11-5 UFC) is riding the momentum of a massive head-kick knockout of Gregor Gillespie in November. At UFC 244, Lee returned to 155 pounds to take on the undefeated wrestler on one of 2019’s biggest stages at Madison Square Garden. Competing in front of president Donald Trump, Lee earned a $50,000 bonus with his finish, which was widely considered a “Knockout of the Year” candidate.

As for Oliveira (28-8 MMA, 16-8 UFC), the Brazilian will finally get a step up to compete against ranked competition. The UFC’s all-time submissions leader has won six straight inside the distance. Despite his winning ways, Oliveira had not been matched up against a ranked opponent until now.

In his most recent fight at UFC on ESPN+ 22, Oliveira knocked out Jared Gordon in 87 seconds. He’s won back-to-back fights by KO/TKO – the first two of his professional career.

With the addition, the current UFC on ESPN+ 28 lineup includes:

  • Kevin Lee vs. Charles Oliveira
  • Nikita Krylov vs. Johnny Walker
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant
  • Aleksei Kunchenko vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
  • Enrique Barzola vs. Rani Yahya
  • Veronica Macedo vs. Bea Malecki
  • Maryna Moroz vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
  • Gilbert Burns vs. Demian Maia
  • Francisco Trinaldo vs. John Makdessi

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