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Arlovski, Hooper, Garcia, Borralho, Muradov all in the news for UFC 279

Fights come together quickly these days, and if you blink, you might miss them. Fight Roundup brings you the most recent reported matchups to keep you up to date on what’s coming up.
All of the fights on the card have been officially announced or confirmed by MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz, Mike Heck, and Damon Martin, as well as sources with knowledge of the matchups.

Rogerio de Lima, Marcos

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Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Andrei Arlovski

Andrei Arlovski will soon be one step closer to making his 40th UFC appearance.
The former heavyweight champion will face Marcos Rogerio de Lima (19-8-1) at the UFC’s upcoming Oct. 29 event, marking Arlovski’s 39th appearance for the promotion since 2000. The card’s location has yet to be officially announced.
Combate was the first to report on the game.
Arlovski (34-20, 2 NC) is 43 years old and on his longest win streak since 2016, with victories over Jake Collier, Jared Vanderaa, Carlos Felipe, and Chase Sherman. His most recent victory over Collier, a contentious split decision, gave him six wins in his last seven fights and improved his UFC record to 23-14. (1 NC).
De Lima was defeated by Blagoy Ivanov in a unanimous decision at UFC 274 in May. Since returning to the heavyweight division in 2018, “Pezao” has gone 4-3.

Hooper, Chase

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Steve Garcia vs. Chase Hooper

Chase Hooper will face Steve Garcia in a featherweight bout on Oct. 29.
Hooper (11-2-1), one of the promotion’s youngest fighters in the 145-pound division, has alternated wins and losses in five appearances. The 22-year-old defeated Felipe Colares via third-round TKO at UFC Vegas 55 in May, bringing his UFC record to 3-2.
Garcia (12-5) has also had a win-loss record in his UFC career. He has a knockout victory over Charlie Ontiveros sandwiched between losses to Maheshate and Luis Pena. Garcia previously competed for Bellator, where he went 5-2.
The matchup was first reported by Sherdog.

Borralho, Caio

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Makhmud Muradov vs. Caio Borralho

Caio Borralho and Makhmud Muradov, both promising middleweights, have been added to the UFC 280 pay-per-view on Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi.
Borralho (12-1, 1 NC) has won decisions over Armen Petrosyan and Gadzhi Omargadzhiev since being signed off the Contender Series for the 2021 season. Both fights were featured as co-main events on UFC Fight Night cards.
Muradov (25-7) looks to make his first appearance of 2022 after withdrawing a booking this past February. In his most recent outing at UFC Vegas 35 in August 2021, he lost by second-round submission to Gerald Meerschaert. That loss snapped a 14-fight win streak for Muradov. His UFC record stands at 3-1.
The matchup was first announced via Muradov’s social media.

Julija Stoliarenko

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Chelsea Chandler vs. Julija Stoliarenko

Invicta FC standout Chelsea Chandler has a new opponent for her UFC debut.
With originally scheduled opponent Leah Letson withdrawing for undisclosed reasons, Chandler (4-1) now fights former Invicta champion Julija Stoliarenko (10-6-2) in a bantamweight bout at an Oct. 1 event with a venue still to be determined.
Chandler broke the news while providing commentary for a Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat event this past Sunday. After losing her pro debut in October 2018, Chandler has rattled off four straight wins competing at 145 and 135 pounds. She most recently defeated Courtney King by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout at Invicta FC 47.
Stoliarenko scored her first UFC win in her fifth try at UFC 276 this past July, submitting Jessica-Rose Clark by armbar in just 42 seconds. The Ultimate Fighter 28 cast member defeated Lisa Verzosa by split decision in a 2020 Fight of the Year candidate to capture a vacant Invicta bantamweight championship before returning to the UFC that same year.
Contender Series: Week 4
The official lineup for Week 4 of the 2022 Contender Series is set.
In the lightweight main event, England’s Thomas Paull (11-3) fights undefeated Argentinian Esteban Ribovics (10-0). Neither fighter has seen the scorecards in their pro careers, with all of Paull’s wins coming by way of KO/TKO and Ribovics having an even split of knockouts and submissions in his 10 victories.
Also on the card, undefeated Cage Warriors bantamweight champion Jack Cartwright (10-0) fights 2020 Contender Series hopeful Jose Johnson (14-7), and LFA and Invicta FC bantamweight prospect Hailey Cowan (6-2) fights Brazil’s Claudia Leite (7-2).
Contender Series: Week 4 takes place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Aug. 16.
See the full lineup below:

Thomas Paull vs. Esteban Ribovics — lightweight
Ivan Valanzeula vs. Claudio Ribeiro — middleweight
Jack Cartwright vs. Jose Johnson — bantamweight
Hailey Cowan vs. Claudia Leite — bantamweight
Nazim Sadykhov vs. Ahmad Hassanzada — lightweight