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UFC Fight Night: Reyes vs. Weidman• Friday, Boston• Prelims: ESPN2, 6 p.m. ET• Main card: ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET
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A look backFive vs. five
Dominick Reyes’ most
months recent resultsWin: Volkan Oezdemir (SD, March 16, 2019)Win: Ovince Saint Preux (UD, Oct. 6, 2018)Win: Jared Cannonier (TKO1, May 19, 2018)Win: Jeremy Kimball (SUB1, Dec. 2, 2017)Win: Joachim Christensen (TKO1, June 25, 2017)
Chris Weidman’s most
months recent resultsLoss: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (KO3, Nov. 3, 2018)Win: Kelvin Gastelum (SUB3, July 22, 2017)Loss: Gegard Mousasi (TKO2, April 8, 2017)Loss: Yoel Romero (KO3, Nov. 12, 2016)Loss: Luke Rockhold (TKO4, Dec. 12, 2015)
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ago of seems the boston card, co-main 6 event down:ESPN2, 9 p.m. ETMen’s featherweight: Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy StephensHeavyweight: Greg Hardy vs. Ben SosoliLightweight: Joe Lauzon vs. Jonathan PearceWomen’s flyweight: Maycee Barber vs. Gillian RobertsonMiddleweight: Deron Winn vs. Darren StewartESPN2, 6 p.m. ETMen’s featherweight: Charles Rosa vs. Manny BermudezWomen’s flyweight: Molly McCann vs. Diana BelbitaMen’s featherweight: Kyle Bochniak vs. Sean WoodsonMen’s bantamweight: Randy Costa vs. Boston SalmonWelterweight: Court McGee vs. Sean BradyMiddleweight: Brendan Allen vs. Kevin HollandHeavyweight: Daniel Spitz vs. Tanner Boser
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