Dariush vs. Dober, Martin vs. Moraes, Akhmedov vs. Boetsch among new UFC on ESPN+ 4 bookings

A lightweight bout between Beneil Dariush and Drew Dober, a welterweight pairing between Anthony Rocco Martin and Sergio Moraes, as well as a middleweight matchup between Omari Akhmedov and Tim Boetsch, are among the latest addition to March’s UFC on ESPN+ 4 lineup.

Dober (20-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) confirmed the matchup with Dariush (15-4-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) on social media following an initial report from MMA reporter Farah Hannoun.

UFC officials announced the pairings of Martin (15-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) vs. Moraes (14-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) and Akhmedov (17-4-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) vs. Boetsch (21-12 MMA, 12-11 UFC).

UFC on ESPN+ 4 takes place March 9 at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan., and streams on ESPN+.

Dariush, 29, will attempt to add to the momentum of his slump-busting victory over Thiago Moises at UFC Fight Night 139 in November. He was on a three-fight winless skid prior to the contest, but got back on track to add another win to a resume that includes James Vick, Michael Johnson and Jim Miller.

Dober, 30, brings the longest winning streak of his UFC career into the event. He’s won his past three fights and five of six overall, with his most recent performance being a unanimous decision victory over Jon Tuck at UFC Fight Night 135.

Akhmedov, 31, returns from a more than one-year layoff and will attempt to bounce back from a majority draw against Marvin Vettori at UFC 219 in December 2017. Prior to that, the Russian had won back-to-back fights.

Boetsch, 37, meanwhile, fights for the first time since a submission loss to Antonio Carlos Junior at UFC on FOX 29 in April. He’s alternated wins and losses over his past four and has dropped five of his past nine contests overall.

The UFC also confirmed a heavyweight bout previously reported by MMAjunkie between Blagoy Ivanov (16-2-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Ben Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC).

The latest UFC on ESPN+ 4 card now includes:

  • Junior Dos Santos vs. Derrick Lewis
  • Blagoy Ivanov vs. Ben Rothwell
  • Yana Kunitskaya vs. Marion Reneau
  • Jeff Hughes vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Drew Dober
  • Anthony Rocco Martin vs. Sergio Moraes
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Omari Akhmedov

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 4, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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