The UFC® is storming back into the APEX arena, lighting up Las Vegas with a clash that’s got the MMA purists, armchair critics, and die-hard fans all perking up their ears. Picture this: Amanda Ribas, holding down the fort at No. 10 in the flyweight ranks, is gearing up to throw down with the crowd’s darling, Rose Namajunas, in a five-round headliner that’s got sparks written all over it. And just for an added kick, Kurt Holobaugh and Trey Ogden are about to go toe-to-toe in a lightweight tussle that’s anything but a filler.
Circle your calendars for Saturday, March 23, because that’s when the fists and feet will fly. Catch the prelim action exclusively on ESPN+ at the civilized time of 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT, and then buckle up for the main card on ESPN and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
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Hailing from Brazil, Amanda Ribas (13-4) is stepping into the main event spotlight, itching to make waves. With a toolkit that’s as comfortable on the mat as it is standing, she’s not just a judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu maestro; she’s a stand-up scrapper too. After putting Luana Pinheiro, Viviane Araújo, and Mackenzie Dern in the rearview, Ribas is eyeing the prize of her career against the ex-champ Namajunas.
Rose Namajunas (12-6), the former strawweight queen from Denver, isn’t just stepping back into the octagon; she’s on a mission to remind everyone why she’s top-tier. With a highlight reel featuring double victories over Zhang Weili and Joanna Jędrzejczyk, plus a win over Jessica Andrade, Namajunas is all set to shake up the flyweight ranks by showing Ribas the door.
Kurt Holobaugh (21-7) is on a tear, eyeing a quartet of consecutive wins. The Louisiana lad has flipped his script since his “Ultimate Fighter” stint, laying out all comers within two rounds. Now, he’s gunning for Ogden, aiming to keep his streak alive and kicking.
Trey Ogden (16-6 1 NC), Kansas City’s own, is diving into 2024 with his sights set on making waves. With a notch on his belt from taking down Daniel Zellhuber, Ogden’s looking to stamp his authority by toppling Holobaugh and setting the tone for his year.