UFC Fight Night: Blanchfield vs Fiorot & Weidman’s Showdown with Silva in Atlantic City

The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes a grand return to the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, stirring the pot in Atlantic City for the first time since the bygone days of 2018. The marquee is set ablaze with top-flight flyweights, as the No. 2 contender Erin Blanchfield locks horns with the No. 3 challenger, Manon Fiorot, both vying for a shot at the crown. Additionally, the card witnesses the erstwhile middleweight sovereign, Chris Weidman, throw down with the formidable Bruno Silva in a clash of titans.

“UFC Fight Night: Blanchfield vs. Fiorot” descends upon Atlantic City on a brisk Saturday, March 30, unfurling its bouts exclusively on ESPN+ in both the Queen’s English and Spanish. The prelims kick off the festivities on ESPN2 at the stroke of 7 p.m. Eastern Time, segueing into the main card on ESPN at 10 p.m.

Tickets for this exhilarating night of fisticuffs will be up for grabs starting Friday, February 23 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, available at the digital domain of ticketmaster.com, with a cap of eight tickets per soul. UFC Fight Club members gain early access on February 21, while UFC newsletter aficionados can partake in a pre-sale on February 22 by signing up at UFC.com.

Journalists keen on covering the event can throw their hat in the ring for credentials, with applications open online.

Blanchfield, reigning as the No. 4 women’s pound-for-pound pugilist and a beacon of hope for New Jersey, aims to dazzle her local audience with a victory that would propel her into her first title contention. At merely 24, her resume glistens with notable victories, setting the stage for what could be her magnum opus.

Across the octagon, Fiorot, hailing from Nice with a Karate black belt to her name, is poised to etch her name in the annals with a debut main event that could redefine her career. Her path to this pinnacle moment is paved with striking victories, including a significant triumph over the former champion Rose Namajunas, as she eyes the ultimate prize – a shot at the title by vanquishing Blanchfield.

Chris Weidman is on a quest to recapture the magic of yesteryears, with a record and legacy that speaks volumes. Against him stands Silva, a dynamo from Brazil known for his electrifying knockouts, eager to kickstart 2024 with a statement win over the former champ.

Additional bouts on the card include:

In the welterweight division, the 9th ranked Vicente Luque, hailing from Brasilia, is set to clash with the formidable Joaquin Buckley from St. Louis, in a showdown of striking prowess.

The strawweight arena will witness the 4th ranked Virna Jandiroba, from Feira de Santana, defend her standing against the 10th ranked challenger, Loopy Godinez, who brings her fighting spirit from Vancouver by way of Aguascalientes.

Middleweight sees the undefeated Nursultan Ruziboev from Tashkent stepping into the octagon against the promising Dana White’s Contender Series graduate, Sedriques Dumas from Pensacola, in a much-anticipated fight.

Featherweight action heats up as Julio Arce of Bayside meets Herbert Burns, originally from Niteroi and now fighting out of Lantana, in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.

The featherweight division doesn’t stop there, with Pat Sabatini from Bristol and Nate Landwehr from Clarksville set to dazzle fans with their all-out fighting styles.

Bill Algeo and Kyle Nelson, both featherweights from King of Prussia and Huntsville respectively, are poised to deliver an unforgettable bout.

Ibo Aslan, a newcomer from Istanbul, makes his UFC debut against Anton Turkalj from Gothenburg in the light heavyweight class, aiming to leave a lasting impression.

Featherweights Dennis Buzukja and Connor Matthews, hailing from Merrick and Fall River, are geared up for a collision course.

Bantamweights Angel Pacheco and Caolan Loughran, from Rice and Anfield, will battle it out in the quest for their first UFC victory.

Middleweights Andre Petroski and Jacob Malkoun, from Springfield and Oran Park, are set to engage in a grappling duel that promises technical mastery.

Chidi Njokuani and Rhys McKee, welterweights from Saginaw and Ballymena, are set to face off in an encounter that is sure to capture the attention of fight fans.

In the flyweight division, Viktoriia Dudakova and Melissa Gatto, from Volgograd and Parana, aim to clinch a significant victory that could propel their careers in the UFC.