Several New Fights, Lineups Set, For Upcoming UFC Cards

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Ben Saunders is headed back to the UFC, agreeing to a new contract and a fight at UFC Fight Night 49 against Chris Weatherly.

Saunders, who was scheduled to compete for Titan FC, is a former Bellator and UFC fighter. He is 16-6-2 in his career and went 4-3 in his previous stint inside the Octagon.

Heatherly (8-1) will be making his debut. The fight will open action on Fight Pass on August 23 from the BOK Center in Tulsa.

Officials have also set the all-Fight Pass lineup for UFC Fight Night 53, which takes place October 4 from Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The main event that night will showcase Gunnar Nelson against Rick Story.

At UFC Fight Night 54, welterweights Nordine Taleb and Li Jingliang will collide. The card goes down October 4 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and pits Rory MacDonald vs. Tarec Saffiedine in the main event.

Taleb (9-2) defeated Vik Grujic this past April, while Jingliang (9-2) also scored a win, topping David Michaud.

Below is the UFC Fight Night 49 card:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Middleweight: Thales Leites vs. Francis Carmont

Welterweight: Mike Pyle vs. Jordan Mein

Featherweight: Max Holloway vs. Mirsad Bektic

Lightweight: James Vick vs. Walmir Lazaro

Featherweight: Tom Niinimaki vs. Chas Skelly

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 2/8 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Neil Magny vs. Alex Garcia

Flyweight: Wilson Reis vs. Tim Elliott

Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Martin

Bantamweight: Aaron Phillips vs. Matt Hobar

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7:30 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Ben Saunders vs. Chris Heatherly

Below is the UFC Fight Night 53 lineup:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass)

Welterweight: Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story

Featherweight: Chan Sung Jung vs. Akira Corassani

Light Heavyweight: Ilir Latifi vs. Jan Blachowicz

Featherweight: Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)

Middleweight: Magnus Cedenblad vs. Scott Askham

Welterweight: Alexander Yakovlev vs. Nico Musoke

Featherweight: Dennis Siver vs. Robert Whiteford

Welterweight: Cathal Pendred vs. Gasan Umalatov

Middleweight: Tor Troeng vs. Krzysztof Jotko

Lightweight: Mairbek Taisumov vs. Marcin Bandel

Featherweight: Ernest Chavez vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

Below is the UFC Fight Night 54 lineup:

Welterweight: Rory MacDonald vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Bantamweight: Raphael Assuncao vs. Bryan Caraway

Female Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Kailin Curran

Welterweight: Nordine Taleb vs. Li Jingliang

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