The UFC’s International Fight Week this July will feature some of the organization's best fighters, prospects and champions. But one thing that will stand out in Las Vegas will be the spirit of aloha, spearheaded by a trio -- and maybe even four -- Hawaiian fighters.
The UFC announced last week that Makaha native Yancy Medeiros would fight at UFC 226 on July 7 against fellow welterweight Mike Perry in what looks to be a barn-burner of a fight. In what seems to be the event’s co-main event of the evening will be Waianae native and current featherweight champion, Max Holloway, squaring off against rising prospect Brian Ortega.
The night before UFC 226 at the Ultimate Fighter Finale card, women’s flyweight Rachael Ostovich -- another Waianae native -- will fight against Montana De La Rosa.
But even if those three fights weren’t enough to showcase the talent pool of local fighters in the world’s premier fighting organization, there is also talk of Hilo native Brad Tavares fighting that weekend as well.
Tavares, now ranked No. 10 in the UFC’s middleweight division after rattling off four-straight victories, spoke with Ariel Helwani of The MMA Hour this morning about his options moving forward and confirmed the rumors circulating regarding a possible fight with rising middleweight, Israel Adesanya.
Tavares vs. Adesanya is an interesting bout that could go in any number of ways, but the real story that should be circulating is how Hawaii will be carrying the torch at International Fight Week on the ninth island this summer.
While UFC Hawaii isn’t likely to happen anytime soon, a card loaded with local fighters in Las Vegas is the next best thing.
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