Lineup set for UFC’s Moncton debut with 13 fights in New Brunswick, Canada

The lineup is set for the UFC’s first event in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

UFC Fight Night 138 takes place Oct. 27 at SMG Moncton in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Anthony Smith (29-13 MMA, 6-3 UFC) takes on former light heavyweight title challenger Volkan Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Oezdemir currently is ranked No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings. Smith, who only recently moved up to the division from middleweight, is an honorable mention selection.

Smith has consecutive knockout wins over ex-champs Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua, the latter of which came at UFC Fight Night 134. Since moving to light heavyweight, Smith hasn’t fallen short in the octagon.

Oezdemir is looking to rebuild his stock after a loss to champ Daniel Cormier ended an impressive streak of three knockout wins. Assault charges stemming from an alleged bar brawl this past November complicated Oezdemir’s career, and a fight with Rua in July was swapped for one against Alexander Gustafsson in August before injury interceded. In July, the charge was dropped when the alleged victim declined to cooperate.

In the co-main event, Conor McGregor teammate Artem Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) takes on Zubaira Tukhugov (18-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a featherweight bout. Also on the main card, Misha Cirkunov (13-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meets Patrick Cummins (10-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) at light heavyweight, Andre Soukhamthath (12-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) takes on Gavin Tucker (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout, Ed Herman (23-13 MMA, 10-9 UFC) fights Gian Villante (16-10 MMA, 6-7 UFC) at light heavyweight, and Alex Garcia (15-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Court McGee (18-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) opens the main card at welterweight.

The featured bout on the FS1 prelims will see Sean Strickland (19-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) take on Nordine Taleb (14-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at welterweight. And the featured bout on UFC Fight Pass pits Te Edwards (6-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Don Madge (7-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at lightweight.

The full lineup for UFC Fight Night 138 includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Volkan Oezdemir vs. Anthony Smith
  • Artem Lobov vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Andre Soukhamthath vs. Gavin Tucker
  • Ed Herman vs. Gian Villante
  • Alex Garcia vs. Court McGee

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC Fight Night 138, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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