A welterweight match-up between Alan Jouban and Nordine Taleb is among five other bouts that have been added to UFC Fight Night 90. The bouts that have been added are as follows:
- Alan Jouban vs. Nordine Taleb – Welterweight
- Mike Pyle vs. Alberto Mina – Welterweight
- Alvaro Herrera vs. Vicente Luque – Bantamweight
- Gilbert Burns vs. Lukasz Sajewski – Lightweight
- John Makdessi vs. Mehdi Baghdad – Lightweight
- Reginaldo Vieira vs. Marco Beltran – Bantamweight
The UFC announced the bouts yesterday.
Alan Jouban and Nordine Taleb are two fighters that love to finish, Jouban is known for his fast paced, intense fighting style and for that reason is a fan favourite. Taleb is no slouch, though, as the Frenchman has six knockout victories to his credit. Jouban is coming off a TKO victory over Brendan O’Reilly whilst Taleb knocked out Erick Silva in his most recent outing.
Mike Pyle is one of the oldest fighters on the roster at 40-years-old but doesn’t lack skill, or confidence for that matter. The former WEC welterweight champion is in for a tough test, however, as he faces undefeated Alberto Mina. Mina holds a record of 12-0 and has two wins in the UFC. Mina debuted in the UFC at UFC Macau and picked up a performance of the night bonus after stopping Shinsho Anzai in the first round. In his most recent octagon outing, Mina took home a split decision victory over Japanese MMA legend Yoshihiro Akiyama. Pyle recently lost two in a row for the first time in his MMA career, which started in 1999. Pyle was stopped by Jordan Mein in August of 2014 before losing a decision to Colby Colvington in May of 2015. Pyle got back to winning ways in February of 2016 with a TKO victory over Sean Spencer.
Alvaro Herrera and Vicente Luque are set to go head to head in a bantamweight bout. Herrera has nine wins and three losses on his MMA record and is 1-0 inside the UFC. The Mexican debuted at UFC Fight Night 78 and stopped Vernon Ramos in 30-seconds. His opponent, Luque, holds a record of eight wins with five losses and one draw, he debuted in the UFC at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale, but lost via decision. The American rebounded from the loss at UFC on FOX 17 with a submission victory over Hayder Hassan.
Gilbert Burns and Lukasz Sajewski are also set to go head to head at UFC Fight Night 90. Burns is 11-1 but is coming off his first professional loss. The Brazilian picked up a decision and two submissions in his first three octagon appearances before losing last time out to Rashid Magomedov via decision. Burns is a highly touted prospect. His opponent, Sajewski holds an MMA record of 13-1, and is 0-1 inside the octagon. Sajewski made his promotional debut in June of 2015 but was defeated by Nick Hein, who walked away with a decision victory.
John “The Bull” Makdessi is set to meet Mehdi Baghdad at the event. Makdessi is currently on a two fight losing skid. The Canadian was stopped by Donald Cerrone at UFC 187 before losing a split decision to Yancy Medeiros at UFC 194. His opponent, Baghdad, was on a seven fight win streak before making his UFC debut last January. Baghdad lost to Chris Wade via submission in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 90 takes place live from teh MGG Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card is expected to be headlined by a lightweight title bout between current titleholder Rafael dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez.