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Tavares vs Adesanya to headline TUF Finale event in July

Tavares vs Adesanya to headline TUF Finale event in July

While Holloway and Medeiros will fight at UFC 226 on July 7th, Tavares will join Ostovich on the Ultimate Fighter Finale card the night before on July 6th when he takes on rising prospect Israel Adesanya in the main event of the evening.

Now ranked 10th in the 185lb (85kg) weight class, Tavares (16-4) represents a significant step up in competition for Adesanya and is yet another strong indication that the UFC have him earmarked for stardom. He is coming off a split-decision win over Marvin Vettori in Glendale, Arizona, in April.

He'll face a stiff challenge in Tavares (17-4), who has 16 UFC fights under his belt. In Adesanya's Octagon debut in February, the highlight reel striker took out Rob Wilkinson.

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Originally from Hawaii, now fighting out of Las Vegas, Tavares has been one of the UFC's most consistent middleweights in recent years, and is currently riding a four-fight win streak. The fight against Tavares will be his third fight in a five month stretch since joining the organisation.

Kiwi mixed martial artist Israel Adesanya, nicknamed The Last Stylebender, has had his wish granted by UFC president Dana White and will be headlining The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale in July. Mokhtarian is a contestant on the show, which recently aired its second episode on UFC Fight Pass.


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