(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live analytics and the latest results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. The first UFC Fight Night 129: Maia vs. Usman bout from Santiago, Chile, is scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.)
UFC Fight Night 129: Maia vs. Usman marks the fight promotion’s debut in Santiago, Chile.
The fight card was initially slated to feature Kamaru Usman squaring off with fellow rising star Santiago Ponzinibbio, but the Argentinian fighter had to withdraw because of an injury. The UFC Fight Night 129 headliner did not suffer any drop-off, however, as former welterweight title challenger Demian Maia – who currently sits at No. 7 in the Welterweight Top 10 Rankings – agreed to step in.
A light heavyweight battle between former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and rising contender Volkan Oezdemir was supposed to occupy the co-main event slot. Issues surrounding travel because of an ongoing Oezdemir legal issue, however, necessitated the move of that bout to the UFC Fight Night 134 fight card slated for July in Hamburg, Germany.
In its absence, a pivotal strawweight bout between Alexa Grosso and Tatiana Suarez has moved into the co-headlining spot. The winner promises to make a move up the Top 10 Rankings and edge closer to title contention.
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