The UFC roster is expanding at a rapid pace, with new fighters added to the lineup on a regular basis. These fresh faces come from various backgrounds, including short-notice replacements, “Dana White’s Contender Series” signees, and direct additions. It can be challenging to keep up with all the excitement in the world of mixed martial arts, but fear not! MMA Junkie is here to provide you with all the details.
Introducing “Fresh Ink,” a list of fighters who were signed to the UFC roster in the previous month. This list not only informs you of the new additions but also gives you some background information about these fighters and where they come from. Let’s take a look at the fighters who joined the UFC in October 2023:
Rodolfo Bellato made an impressive debut on “Dana White’s Contender Series” in early October. He knocked out Murtaza Talha in a thrilling battle and caught the attention of the UFC brass. Bellato is known for his explosive fighting style, with 10 finishes in his 11 wins. Keep an eye out for him in the UFC light heavyweight division.
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Magomed Gadzhiyasulov earned his UFC contract on “Dana White’s Contender Series” after a unanimous decision win over Jose Medina. Gadzhiyasulov has an undefeated record and has fought for various promotions, including Brave CF and Eagle FC.
Victor Hugo showcased his skills on “Dana White’s Contender Series” with a slick submission that caught the attention of the UFC brass. He secured a kneebar, which impressed everyone and led to a quick promotional debut in his home country of Brazil.
Andre Lima’s fight on “Dana White’s Contender Series” wasn’t the most action-packed, but he still impressed Dana White enough to earn a UFC contract. Lima defeated a cautious Rickson Zenidim by unanimous decision, and this win marked only the second time Lima has gone to a decision in his undefeated career. He has five knockouts to his name.
Connor Matthews, representing the New England Cartel, finally got his chance to join the UFC. After previously appearing on “Dana White’s Contender Series” in 2022 and participating in “Dana White: Lookin for a Fight,” Matthews secured his UFC contract with a unanimous decision win over Jair Farias.
Marquel Mederos impressed everyone with a knockout knee against Issa Isakov on “Dana White’s Contender Series.” This strike earned him a UFC contract and extended his winning streak to five fights. Mederos has a total of six knockouts in his eight career wins.
Jose Medina may have lost on “Dana White’s Contender Series,” but he won over the heart of UFC CEO Dana White. With his signing, Medina became the first fighter from Bolivia to join the UFC. Despite not having a dedicated MMA coach, Medina entered the series on a six-fight winning streak.
At just 23 years old, Lucas Rocha already has an impressive record of 17 wins out of 18 fights. His most recent victory was a thrilling finish against Davi Bittencourt with a knee in the second round. Rocha aims to extend his winning streak to seven, whether he debuts in the bantamweight or flyweight division.
The Fighting Nerds continue to make their mark in the UFC. Mauricio Ruffy finished Raimond Magomedaliev in the final 15 seconds of their three-round fight on “Dana White’s Contender Series.” This win extended his winning streak to four and secured his spot on the UFC roster alongside his teammates Caio Borralho, Jean Silva, and Carlos Prates.
Ramon Taveras had the opportunity to showcase his skills on “Dana White’s Contender Series” twice in the most recent season. After a controversial referee stoppage in his first fight, Taveras was invited back by Dana White and made the most of his second chance by knocking out Cortavious Romious in just 29 seconds. Taveras will now have the chance to rematch Serhiy Sidey, the fighter who previously defeated him.
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