The UAE Warriors promotion continues being the gift that keeps on giving with their UAE Warriors 24 event on Friday, October 29th. This serves as the follow-up to the UAE Warriors 23 event, and the final event in the UAE before it hosts UFC 267 on Saturday, October 30th. MMA talent from around the world will look to make a name for themselves on this global stage, and the stakes are high all around the card. There is a total of 14 fights on this card, with 2 of those seeing UAE Warriors championships being put on the line. Below is the breakdown of the main event and the co-main event, as well as the full run-through of the card.
Main Event: Vinicius de Oliveira (c) vs. Sylvester Chipfumbu
The main event will see EFC Bantamweight Champion Sylvester “Gladiator” Chipfumbu (7-3) look to earn ‘double champ’ status in his promotional debut, however, his path to glory might not be so easy. The current reigning champion, Vinicius “Lok Dog” de Oliveira (16-2), found himself on a four-fight win streak before successfully gaining the UAE Warriors Bantamweight Championship at the UAE Warriors 18 event with a vicious Head Kick & Punches combination. Initially, de Oliveira was set to go against Ray Borg but, due to Borg’s positive Covid-19 test, he was pulled and replaced by Chipfumbu.
Although Chipfumbu may seem like the underdog going into this fight, he is not to be underestimated. His ability to accurately study and adapt to his opponent has seen him gain some notable victories and have earned him that EFC Bantamweight Championship, and now that he’s already holding gold, he’ll certainly be ready to adorn his other shoulder with some more. De Oliveira is taking pride in his status as the UAE Warriors Bantamweight Champion, and in this first defense, he will certainly be looking to prove to all Bantamweight fighters around the world exactly why he is such a revered fighter – even to fellow champions. These fighters will not only push each other to the limits physically but mental strength will also be shown off over these five potential rounds.
Co-Main Event: Do Gyeom Lee (c) vs. Ali AlQaisi
The co-main event also sees one fighter look to retain their gold whilst the other looks to double their own. UAEW Featherweight Champion Do Gyeom Lee (8-3) will defend his title against Titan FC Featherweight Champion Ali “The Royal Fighter” AlQaisi (10-5). Although Lee won the championship in 2019, he has only defended it once. In that time, AlQaisi made his way over to the UFC, but left the promotion following two back-to-back decision losses. Since then, he’s seemingly having a bounce-back moment, even picking up the Titan FC Featherweight Championship along the way. Lee, although not having fought this year, is a dangerous fighter who is always looking to finish the fight. A majority of his fights end in KO/TKO or submission, with only one fight having a decision victory.
Lee will certainly be looking to have an impactful return and, with all the time he had off, he might just have a few tricks up his sleeve that could see him become an even more dangerous opponent. AlQaisi is well-traveled in the fight game now and those experiences have made him a better fighter mentally and put him on a path of wanting something and ensuring he gets it, and that is equally dangerous. Expect this to be a hard-hitting fight that will be sure to leave fans around the world pleased.
UAE Warriors 24 Fight Card
Vinicius de Oliveira (c) vs. Sylvester Chipfumbu [UAE Warriors Bantamweight Championship Bout]
Do Gyeom Lee (c) vs. Ali Al Qaisi [UAE Warriors Featherweight Championship Bout]
Andre Fialho (13-3) vs. Stefan Sekulic (14-4) [Welterweight Bout]
Daniel Skibinski (18-5) vs. Tahir Abdullaev (11-1) [Welterweight Bout]
Tarek Suleiman (11-7) vs. KB Bhullar (9-2) [Catchweight Bout]
Mahir Mamedov (19-1) vs. Magomed Magomedov (5-0) [Welterweight Bout]
Soo Young Yoo (7-1) vs. Sarvadzhon Hamidov (11-0) [Bantamweight Bout]
Handesson Ferreira (16-3-1) vs. Themba Gorimbo (9-2) [Welterweight Bout]
John Mitchell (3-0) vs. Konstantinos Ntelis (6-1) [Lightweight Bout]
Imamshafi Aliev (6-0) vs. Naglis Kanisauskas (4-0) [Middleweight Bout]
Victor Nunes (8-4) vs. Ali Taleb (4-0) [Bantamweight Bout]
Zaakir Badat (3-0) vs. Jonathan Wernz (1-0) [Middleweight Bout]
Loveth Young (3-1-1) vs. Larissa Carvalho (3-1) [Women’s Strawweight Bout]
Amro Magomedov (3-0) vs. Ruslan Bolkvadze (2-2) [Lightweight Bout]
UAE Warriors 24 will take place on October 29th with a start time of 6pm GST / 10am ET, and will be available to watch on UFC Fight Pass.
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