Barboza And Lerone Murphy Battle At UFC® Apex

UFC® is set to light up the UFC APEX once again with a captivating night where legendary knockout specialist, Edson Barboza, ranked 12th, faces the unbeaten Lerone Murphy in a featherweight showdown. Additionally, the flyweight division sees number 9 ranked Tim Elliott strive to be the first to defeat 13th ranked Tatsuro Taira.

Scheduled for Saturday, May 18 in Las Vegas, the event will stream on ESPN+ in both English and Spanish. The main card is slated to start at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT, with prelims commencing earlier at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.

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Edson Barboza, fighting out of Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is known as one of MMA’s most fearsome strikers. With a track record of jaw-dropping knockouts, including victories over fighters like Beneil Dariush and Billy Quarantillo, Barboza is gunning for his third straight win by aiming to deliver Murphy his first defeat.

On the other side, Lerone Murphy, from Manchester, England, is determined to claim the biggest win of his career. With seven knockouts to his name, and victories against tough competitors like Makwan Amirkhani and Douglas Silva de Andrade, Murphy is eager to shine in his first UFC main event by aiming to take down Barboza with authority.

In the flyweight battle, Tim Elliott, from Kansas City, Mo., plans to use his unique style and deep experience to fend off the challenger, Taira. A seasoned fighter with wins against notable opponents, Elliott is ready to maintain his ranking and stop Taira’s rise.

Tatsuro Taira, fighting out of Okinawa, Japan, has been rapidly moving up the flyweight ranks since his debut in 2022. One of the UFC’s youngest fighters at 24, Taira has already secured finishes against opponents like Carlos Hernandez and CJ Vergara. Facing a seasoned opponent, Taira is keen to keep his unbeaten streak alive by adding Elliott to his list of conquests.

Additional bouts on the card include:

The UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BARBOZA vs. MURPHY card is stacked with additional high-octane fights across various weight divisions, ensuring fans are treated to a full night of competitive action.

In the bantamweight division, Adrian Yanez, representing Houston, Texas, will go head-to-head with Vinicius Salvador from Varginha, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Both fighters bring impressive records and a reputation for electrifying the crowd with their performances.

Making his UFC debut in the light heavyweight division, Oumar Sy of Paris, France, undefeated at 9-0, will test his skills against Rodolfo Bellato from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who boasts a solid record of 12-2.

The lightweight clash will feature Victor Martinez from Pharr, Texas, up against Tom Nolan from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Both fighters are known for their resilience and ability to deliver powerful finishes.

Themba Gorimbo from Johannesburg, South Africa, aims to continue his winning streak in the welterweight division against Ramiz Brahimaj, originally from the Bronx, New York, and now fighting out of Dallas, Texas.

In a middleweight tilt, Abus Magomedov of Düsseldorf, Germany, faces Brazilian fighter Warlley Alves from Rio de Janeiro. Both seasoned fighters are looking to climb up in the middleweight rankings with a victory.

An intriguing welterweight fight will see Khaos Williams of Detroit, Michigan, square off against Carlston Harris, hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by way of Skeldon, Guyana. Expect a clash of styles and intense competition.

The women’s strawweight division features a crucial fight between the 9th ranked Luana Pinheiro of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 12th ranked Angela Hill from San Diego, California. This fight could significantly impact the strawweight rankings.

Further action in the women’s strawweight division sees Vanessa Demopoulos of Las Vegas, Nevada, take on Emily Ducote from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in what promises to be a closely contested battle.

In the bantamweight division, Hailey Cowan from Robinson, Texas, meets Tamires Vidal from Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both fighters are known for their agility and quick finishes.

Lastly, the strawweight fight between Piera Rodriguez of Maracaibo, Venezuela, and Ariane Carnelossi from Presidente Prudente, Sao Paulo, Brazil, is set to showcase the dynamic skills and tenacity of both fighters.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, May 18
  • Venue: UFC APEX, Las Vegas
  • Start Time: Main card at 7 p.m. ET (12 a.m. UK time) / Prelims at 4 p.m. ET (9 p.m. UK time)
  • Streaming: ESPN+ in English and Spanish