Surging welterweights Kamaru Usman (10-1) and Sergio Moraes (12-2-1) will clash at UFC Fight Night 116 on Sept. 16 in Pittsburgh. UFC officials recently announced the matchup.
Usman is unbeaten inside the octagon so far. “The Nigerian Nightmare” won The Ultimate Fighter 21 welterweight tournament with a submission over Hayder Hassan in July 2015. Following that he returned with a unanimous decision over Leon Edwards five months later. In 2016 Usman picked up a pair of wins over Alexander Yakovlev and Warlley Alves.
The former NCAA Division II national wrestling champion most recently fought this past April when he won a unanimous decision over Sean Strickland at UFC 210. Usman has finished five of his 10 career wins by knockout and one by submission.
Moraes hasn’t lost a fight since he dropped a decision to Cezar Ferreira in The Ultimate Fighter Brazil middleweight tournament finals in June 2012. “The Panther” returned to welterweight after that and racked up wins over Renee Forte, Neil Magny, Mickael Lebout and Omari Akhmedov before fighting to a Draw with Luan Chagas in May 2016.
The 35-year-old Brazilian earned a split decision over Zak Ottow last November, and most recently won a unanimous decision over Davi Ramos at UFC Fight Night 106 in March. Moraes is a four-time BJJ world champion and has finished seven of his 12 career wins via submission and one by knockout.
A middleweight bout between former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold and No. 9 ranked David Branch is expected to headline the UFC Fight Night 116 card.