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The
Ultimate Fighting Championship
is looking to put on a
bantamweight thriller as the headliner of a Fight Night card in
October.

According to a report from
Combate
on Thursday, Marlon
Moraes
(23-6-1) vs. Cory
Sandhagen
(12-2) is in the works as the
UFC Fight Night headliner on Oct. 10
. The two bantamweights are
reportedly being tapped to headline the event which does not have a
location or venue currently set, and their contracts are not yet
signed but they have agreed to compete. This event on Oct. 10 will
be one of a long stretch of events spanning 17 consecutive
weeks.

Moraes rebounded from a championship defeat to Henry
Cejudo
in June 2019 with a split verdict over Jose Aldo in
December that actually earned Aldo the next title shot. Although
the former
World Series of Fighting
champ has only competed seven times
inside the Octagon to date, he has racked up wins over names
including Aljamain
Sterling
, Raphael
Assuncao
and the aforementioned Aldo. Prior to signing with the
UFC, “Magic” went a perfect 11-0 in WSOF, with seven stoppage wins
across that stretch.

Sandhagen will look to bounce back from his first defeat under the
UFC banner – and his first stoppage loss – when he takes on Moraes.
Sandhagen competed in a de facto bantamweight title eliminator in
his last time out, and suffered a first-round submission loss to
Sterling in under 90 seconds. Before the loss, the
Elevation Fight Team
product notched five consecutive wins in
the UFC to race up the rankings, beating the likes of Assuncao and
John
Lineker
on his fast rise in under two years.

The UFC Fight Night event on Oct. 1 will likely take place either
at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas or on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United
Arab Emirates. Also scheduled to compete on the card include a
heavyweight pairing of Ben Rothwell
vs. Marcin
Tybura
, while Markus
Perez
will return to the cage against Rodolfo
Vieira
at middleweight.

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