The lineup for the UFC’s first visit to Chile continues to build with the addition of two new matchups.
Henry Briones (16-7-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) will meet Frankie Saenz (12-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in a bantamweight bout, and Jared Cannonier (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) takes on Dominick Reyes (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at light heavyweight. Promotion officials announced the new bookings today for UFC Fight Night 130.
The UFC’s debut in Chile will take place May 19 in Santiago. The event will take place at Movistar Arena and will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Briones has fallen on hard times. After a stretch that saw him go 7-0-1, including a win over Guido Cannetti in his promotional debut at UFC 180, he has three straight setbacks. He lost to eventual champion Cody Garbrandt by decision in his lone fight in 2015. He was stopped by a Douglas Silva de Andrade spinning back fist in his lone fight in 2016. And in his only fight in 2017, he was submitted by Rani Yahya.
Saenz got back in the win column in December with a split decision over Merab Dvalishvili. Prior to that, he was mired in a three-fight skid to Urijah Faber, Eddie Wineland and Augusto Mendes. Those losses came on the heels of a seven-fight winning streak, including his first three in the UFC.
Cannonier will be looking to bounce back from a decision loss to Jan Blachowicz in December at UFC on FOX 26. Prior to that, he had won three of his past four fights with the lone setback coming against former title challenger Glover Teixeira.
Reyes stayed unbeaten in December with a first-round rear-naked choke finish of Jeremy Kimball at UFC 218 in Detroit. His promotional debut came this past June with a 29-second bonus-winning TKO of Joachim Christensen in Oklahoma. Prior to coming to the UFC, he had five of his first six wins by first-round finish.
With the additions, the UFC-Chile card now includes:
- Alexa Grasso vs. Tatiana Suarez
- Chad Laprise vs. Vicente Luque
- Guido Cannetti vs. Diego Rivas
- Poliana Botelho vs. Syuri Kondo
- Andrea Lee vs. Veronica Macedo
- Henry Briones vs. Frankie Saenz
- Jared Cannonier vs. Dominick Reyes
For more on UFC Fight Night in Chile, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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