What’s turned into a light week in the sport of mixed martial arts reaches its conclusion this Saturday night in Brasilia, BR for UFC on ESPN+ 28, also known as UFC Fight Night Brasilia.
Live coverage begins Saturday at 3 p.m. EDT, noon PDT on ESPN+, with the main card immediately following at 6 p.m. EDT, 3 p.m. PDT.
In total, this week’s UFC Fight Night features 12 MMA fights.
As of Tuesday evening, the UFC still plans to go ahead with Saturday night’s event, despite health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus.
By Thursday morning, the UFC announced that this card would be closed to fans.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported on Monday night that both the UFC and Bellator MMA currently do not have any plans to postpone and/or reschedule their upcoming events.
Okamoto’s report comes on the heels of Combate Americas postponing all of its scheduled March events, becoming the first United States-based MMA promotion to do so.
Combate Americas will resume normal competition in April with fights taking place in-studio on a closed set.
Back to the UFC event now,
Highlighting this Saturday night’s card is a Lightweight main event matching No. 8 contender Kevin Lee (17-5) with No. 13 contender Charles Oliveira (27-8, one no-contest).
This main event will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
Heading into Saturday night’s main event, both contestants stand level at 5-foot-10.
How they got here:
Kevin Lee has posted a 2-3 record in his last five fights, most recently scoring a first-round knockout victory against Gregor Gillespie during UFC 244 back on Nov. 2.
In the other corner, Charles Oliveira has posted a perfect 5-0 record in his last five UFC appearances.
Last time out, he stopped Jared Gordon by first-round knockout on Nov. 16 in UFC on ESPN+ 22.
The Tale of the Tape:
UFC.com shows that Kevin Lee owns a three-inch reach advantage over Charles Oliveira (77 inches to 74 inches), with Oliveira owning a two-inch leg reach advantage (41 inches to 39 inches) over Lee heading into this fight.
Prediction: Charles Oliveira by split decision.
Other fights on Saturday night’s main card include:
No. 5 contender Demian Maia (27-9) vs. No. 12 contender Gilbert Burns (16-3) [Welterweight co-main event]
No. 7 contender Renato Moicano (13-2-1) vs. Damir Hadzovic (13-4) [Lightweight]
No. 11 contender Johnny Walker (17-3) vs. No. 13 contender Nikita Krylov (26-6) [Light Heavyweight]
Francisco Trinaldo (23-7) vs. John Makdessi (17-6) [Lightweight]
UFC on ESPN+ 28 at a Glance: [Saturday]
Undercard: 3 p.m. EDT, noon PDT, ESPN+
Main Card: 6 p.m. EDT, 3 p.m. PDT, ESPN+
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