In the main event on FOX Sports 1, Max Holloway takes on Charles Oliveira in a key featherweight contest.
A pair of dynamic featherweights will battle for a slot in the UFC title picture in Saskatoon. No. 5 ranked Max Holloway is currently riding a spectacular six-fight win streak, netting five impressive stoppage victories in the process. Despite only being 23 years old, Holloway has already established himself as a legitimate threat at 145 pounds.
In his most recent outing, Holloway turned heads with a dominant destruction of perennial contender Cub Swanson in April. Meanwhile, No. 7 ranked Charles Oliveira is hunting for his ninth UFC submission victory. Among the most creative grapplers in the UFC, the Brazilian has turned heads with stunning finishes against Nik Lentz and Hatsu Hioki.
Though Oliveira is a force to be reckoned with on the mat, he’s also earned a reputation for his aggressive striking and iron will. Though both fighters are known for their killer instincts, only one can set a new record for finishes in the UFC featherweight division.
At the moment, both are tied at five stoppage wins with Conor McGregor, Chad Mendes and Dustin Poirier.
Saskatoon will host two pivotal welterweight fights. In the co-main event, Neil Magny and Erick Silva will finally lock horns after their previously scheduled bout was postponed due to visa issues. Among the most active fighters on the roster, Magny looks to rebound after having his seven-fight win streak broken by submission wizard Demian Maia.
An aggressive Brazilian prospect, Silva has long been on the cusp of Top 10 status. A victory over the crafty Magny would take his career to the next level. The card also features an exciting clash between seasoned strikers Patrick Cote and Josh Burkman.
Cote is angling to push his welterweight record to 4-1, while Burkman aims to net his first win since rejoining the UFC roster earlier this year.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will become the eighth Canadian city to host a UFC event. UFC Fight Night 74 also marks the UFC’s debut in the province of Saskatchewan. UFC has long targeted Saskatchewan, but there was no regulatory body in the province.
Saskatchewan formed a commission in March, opening the doors for professional mixed martial arts events. Since 2008, the UFC has hosted 18 Canadian events, welcoming more than 330,000 fans, and generating a cumulative gross gate of close to $62M, with millions more in economic impact.
GREAT FIGHT NORTH
UFC Fight Night will feature nine Canadian fighters on the card. Rimouski, Quebec native Patrick Cote has won four of his last five bouts, with his lone loss to surging contender Stephen Thompson. He will square off with veteran Josh Burkman. Chatham, Ont. native and unbeaten lightweight Chad Laprise faces his toughest test yet, when he battles The Ultimate Fighter Brazil veteran Francisco Trinaldo.
Top Montreal prospect Olivier Aubin-Mercier locks horns with knockout artist Tony Sims, while Montreal native Valerie Letourneau will look to climb the strawweight ranks when she faces Ukrainian sensation Maryna Moroz. Highly-touted Toronto light heavyweight Misha Cirkunov makes his UFC debut against Daniel Jolly.
Montreal bantamweight Yves Jabouin takes on Brazil’s Felipe Arantes in a showdown of striking specialists. London, Ont. fan favourite Sam Stout aims to snap a two-fight skid when he squares off with American prospect Frankie Perez.
Nova Scotia-based flyweight Chris Kelades will square off with American Chris Beal. Kelowna, B.C. lightweight Shane Campbell angles for his first UFC victory when he clashes with Brazilian Elias Silverio.