UFC St. Louis Showdown: Heavyweights and Light Heavyweights Clash in Action-Packed Fight Night


After a long wait, the UFC thunders back into St. Louis, Mo., unleashing a heavy-hitting battle as crowd-pleaser Derrick Lewis, holding the No. 12 spot among heavyweights, throws down with Rodrigo Nascimento, who’s hot on his heels at No. 15. The action doesn’t stop there; light heavyweight brawlers, No. 12 ranked Alonzo Menifield and Carlos Ulberg, are set to collide, promising an electrifying fight night.

  • Date: Saturday, May 11
  • Start Time: Prelims at 4 p.m. ET (9 p.m. UK Time), Main Card at 7 p.m. ET (Midnight UK Time)
  • Streaming: ESPN and ESPN+ in English and Spanish
  • Venue: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo.

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Derrick Lewis, the titan from Houston, Texas, with a knack for sending opponents to the canvas, is eyeing to embellish his already staggering 14 KO victories. Having laid out top fighters like Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov, Lewis is primed to conquer Nascimento and vault into the heavyweight elite once again.

Nascimento, the Brazilian juggernaut from Belo Horizonte, is seizing the limelight, buoyed by a hat-trick of wins, including triumphs over Tanner Boser and Ilir Latifi. A win over Lewis could skyrocket his standing, marking a monumental leap in his MMA journey.

Menifield, hailing from Dallas, Texas, is on a mission to extend his impressive five-fight unbeaten streak. With notable victories over adversaries like Dustin Jacoby and Misha Cirkunov, Menifield is gearing up to fend off Ulberg’s challenge and eye a top-contender spot.

Ulberg, the striking sensation from Auckland, New Zealand, is set to dazzle in his co-main event debut. Known for his striking prowess, Ulberg has been on a tear, dismantling opponents with precision. Facing Menifield, he’s ready to showcase his skills and edge closer to the top of the light heavyweight division.

Additional bouts on the card include:

In the lightweight division, Terrance McKinney brings his formidable skills from Spokane, Wash., to take on Esteban Ribovics, the dynamic force from Cordoba, Argentina, in what’s expected to be a high-octane showdown.

The strawweight division sees Tabatha Ricci, the No. 11 ranked warrior from Ventura, Calif., stepping into the octagon against the experienced Tecia Pennington from Colorado Springs, Colo. This fight is a blend of youth and experience, skill and determination.

Featherweight fans will be treated to an intriguing clash as Alex Caceres, holding the No. 15 rank and hailing from Miami, Fla., squares off against Sean Woodson, the hometown hero from St. Louis, Mo. This bout has all the makings of a classic.

In a duel that pits grappling against striking, Chase Hooper from Enumclaw, Wash., meets Viacheslav Borshchev from Sacramento, Calif., in a fight that will test the prowess of both athletes in their respective disciplines.

The heavyweight division will see Waldo Cortes Acosta, the powerhouse from Phoenix, Ariz., with roots in Fundacion, Barahona, Dominican Republic, aiming to halt the rise of Robelis Despaigne, the unbeaten prospect from Orlando, Fla., originally from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

Welterweights Billy Goff and Trey Waters, both unblemished in the UFC, hailing from Groton, Conn., and Jacksonville, Fla., respectively, are set to battle it out with hopes of continuing their winning streaks in the promotion.

Flyweight action features Charles Johnson from St. Louis, Mo., and Jake Hadley from Oldbury, England, in a bout that’s sure to produce fireworks and showcase the speed and agility of the division.

The welterweight category will witness Jared Gooden of Duluth, Ga., facing off against Kevin Jousset from Auckland, New Zealand, in a clash that promises to showcase the depth of talent in the division.

Rounding out the card, flyweights JJ Aldrich and Veronica Hardy, representing Westminster, Colo., and Nottingham, England (via Caracas, Venezuela), respectively, are set to go toe-to-toe in a fight that highlights the technical and strategic aspects of MMA.