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Chris Curtis punches Brendan Allen in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
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Dissecting The Action Slated To Take Place This Weekend As The Octagon Returns To The UFC APEX

Following last week’s trip to the Jersey Shore, the non-stop cavalcade of action rambles on this weekend with a return to Las Vegas for a 13-fight card headlined by an intriguing rematch in the middleweight division.

Let’s get into it!

Main Event: Brendan Allen vs Chris Curtis

Location: UFC APEX — Las Vegas, Nevada

Where to Watch: ESPN+

Other Main Card Matches:

  • Alexander Hernandez vs Damon Jackson
  • Morgan Charriere vs Chepe Mariscal
  • Ignacio Bahamondes vs Christos Giagos
  • Valter Walker vs Lukasz Brzeski
  • Trevor Peek vs Charlie Campbell

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Prelim Matches:

  • Court McGee vs Alex Morono
  • Norma Dumont vs Germaine de Randamie
  • Piera Rodriguez vs Cynthia Calvillo
  • Dan Argueta vs Jean Matsumoto
  • Dylan Budka vs Cesar Almeida
  • Nora Cornolle vs Melissa Mullins

Main Event: Brendan Allen vs Chris Curtis

Brendan Allen and Chris Curtis face off for a second time to close out Saturday’s show, with the streaking Allen seeking vengeance and the always game Curtis aiming for a repeat of how things went the first time around.

Opponents Brendan Allen and Chris Curtis face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 03, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Facing off for their first meeting at UFC APEX on December 03, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

A member of the Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) Class of ’19, Allen arrives at his second straight main event assignment on a six-fight winning streak, having registered five of those victories by way of rear-naked choke. The Louisiana native always profiled as a potential contender, and now seems to be putting all the pieces together, propelling himself up the divisional ranks as a result.

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Curtis landed in the UFC by raising his hand to fight Phil Hawes on 24-hour’s notice, and has been a fixture in the middleweight division ever since, amassing a 5-2 record with one no contest verdict. He started his 2024 campaign in January with a split decision win over Marc-Andre Barriault and looks to further his momentum with collecting another victory here.

These two met for the first time in December 2021, with Curtis registering a second-round stoppage win. It’s the last time Allen suffered a setback, and you can be sure that “All In” will be out to avenge that defeat on Saturday.

Other Main Card Fights:

Alexander Hernandez vs Damon Jackson

Featherweights aiming to get things moving in the right direction face off in the co-main event as Alexander Hernandez steps in with Damon Jackson.

Alexander Hernandez elbows Jim Miller in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Alexander Hernandez elbows Jim Miller in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Hernandez made the decision to test the 145-pound waters at the end of 2022 and has struggled to swim through his first two starts. After getting stopped by Billy Quarantillo in his first appearance and winning a short-notice lightweight assignment over Jim Miller, “The Great Ape” returned to featherweight in October and landed on the wrong side of the cards in a clash with veteran Bill Algeo.

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Entering 2023 on a four-fight winning streak capped by an emotional first-round stoppage win over Pat Sabatini, Jackson stumbled in 2024. He opened the year with a knockout loss to Dan Ige, and then faded in the back half of a battle with Quarantillo that went the distance, resulting in his second straight defeat.

Each of these men has a tendency to come out of the gates quickly and crisply, so expect fast-paced action to start, with a high probability that things end early.

Morgan Charriere vs Chepe Mariscal

French prospect Morgan Charriere returns for his sophomore appearance in the Octagon, where Chepe Mariscal will be happily waiting to meet him.

Morgan Charriere of France reacts after defeating Manolo Zecchini of Italy in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at The Accor Arena on September 02, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
Morgan Charriere of France reacts after defeating Manolo Zecchini of Italy in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at The Accor Arena on September 02, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

A standout in Europe prior to signing with the UFC, Charriere made an instant impression in his promotional debut, folding Manolo Zecchini over with a series of punishing kicks to the body in Paris. Sporting a 19-9-1 record forged against a strong slate of opposition, “The Last Pirate” profiles as one to watch in the featherweight ranks.

It took the 31-year-old Mariscal a little longer than anticipated to reach the UFC, but he’s hit the ground running, coming out of the gates with back-to-back wins. After out-lasting Trevor Peek in his short notice debut, the battle-tested veteran got the better of Jack Jenkins in his sophomore outing in Australia, earning the win after the Aussie suffered an arm injury.

Ignacio Bahamondes vs Christos Giagos

It’s a clash of lightweights looking to find consistency inside the UFC cage as Ignacio Bahamondes and Christos Giagos square off this weekend.

A graduate from Season 4 of Dana White’s Contender Series, Bahamondes has made five appearances inside the Octagon thus far, bookending his three victories with setbacks on either side. Last time out, the towering lightweight dropped a unanimous decision to Ludovit Klein, falling to 14-5 for his career as a result.

Christos Giagos reacts after his TKO victory over Ricky Glenn in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 22, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Christos Giagos reacts after his TKO victory over Ricky Glenn in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 22, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Now 10 fights into his second stint on the UFC roster, Giagos returns to Las Vegas having gone 5-5 during that stretch and looking to rebound from his loss to Daniel Zellhuber at Noche UFC in September. “The Spartan” has faced a string of talented opponents and has an overall edge in experience, so it will be interesting to see if he can lean on those things — and having faced a long, rangy lightweight last time out — when he steps win with Bahamondes in this one.

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It’s difficult to build momentum in the UFC and doubly challenging in a division like lightweight. As such, expect both Bahamondes and Giagos to be locked in from the outset as they aim to avoid consecutive defeats and being forced to take a step back in the treacherous 155-pound weight class.

Valter Walker vs Lukasz Brzeski

Newcomer Valter Walker and DWCS grad Lukasz Brzeski clash in this main card heavyweight fixture.

The younger brother of ranked light heavyweight Johnny Walker, the 26-year-old “Clean Monster” arrives in the UFC with a pristine 11-0 record, with each of his last four victories coming inside the distance. He’s an even more imposing figure than his older brother and it will be fascinating to see if he can make the same kind of immediate impact his sibling did when he first touched down in the Octagon several years ago.

Lukasz Brzeski of Poland punches Karl Williams of the U.S. Virgin Islands in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on March 11, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Lukasz Brzeski of Poland punches Karl Williams of the U.S. Virgin Islands in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on March 11, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Brzeski gets another chance to get himself into the win column in the UFC, hoping to reverse a run of results that have admittedly gotten progressively worse each time out. After losing by split decision and then unanimous decision in his first two outings, the Polish heavyweight was knocked out by Waldo Cortes Acosta in his most recent appearance, falling to 8-4-1 with one no contest overall for his career.

Trevor Peek vs Charlie Campbell

The main card festivities get underway in the lightweight division with Trevor Peek and Charlie Campbell facing off in a matchup of DWCS alums.

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Peek became an instant fan favorite thanks to his Rock’em Sock’em Robots approach inside the Octagon. He bounced back from his decision loss to Mariscal with a win on the scorecards against Mohammad Yahya at UFC 294 in October, marking the first time in his career that he’d won by decision.

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Campbell came up short in his bid to gain a place on the UFC roster via the Contender Series in 2022, rushing into a knockout loss at the hands of Chris Duncan. He bounced back with a quick win on the regional circuit and then made the most of his short-notice call-up at Noche UFC, knocking out Alex Reyes in the first round.

Preliminary Card Fights:

Court McGee vs Alex Morono

Welterweight veterans Court McGee and Alex Morono are tasked with closing out the prelims on Saturday.

Alex Morono punches David Zawada of Germany in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Alex Morono punches David Zawada of Germany in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Now 39 years old, McGee returns looking to snap a two-fight skid after getting stopped in the first round by Jeremiah Wells and Matt Brown in consecutive outings. Morono went 1-1 in a pair of 2023 starts, opening with a submission win over Tim Means before dropping a decision to Joaquin Buckley in October.

Norma Dumont vs Germaine de Randamie

Brazilian Norma Dumont welcomes former featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie back to the Octagon for the first time in more than three years on Saturday evening.

Germaine de Randamie of The Netherlands celebrates her victory over Holly Holm in their women's featherweight championship bout during the UFC 208 event inside Barclays Center on February 11, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Germaine de Randamie of The Netherlands celebrates her victory over Holly Holm in their women's featherweight championship bout during the UFC 208 event inside Barclays Center on February 11, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The 33-year-old Dumont enters on a three-fight winning streak and having won six of seven since dropping her promotional debut at featherweight, with her lone setback during that stretch coming by way of split decision. The returning “Iron Lady” submitted former champ Julianna Peña in her last appearance in October 2020, and also has a win over current titleholder Raquel Pennington on her resume, which makes de Randamie a serious person of interest in the 135-pound weight class for the moment.

Piera Rodriguez vs Cynthia Calvillo

It should be non-stop action in this strawweight scrap between Piera Rodriguez and Cynthia Calvillo.

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“La Fiera” earned consecutive victories to start her UFC career, but suffered the first loss of her career last time out when she was submitted by Gillian Robertson. Calvillo returns looking to end an ugly five-fight losing streak, searching for her first victory since her main event triumph over Jessica Eye in the summer of 2020.

Dan Argueta vs Jean Matsumoto

Dan Argueta faces off with Brazilian prospect Jean Matsumoto in this bantamweight preliminary card pairing.

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“Dan the Determined” comes in having been involved in consecutive fights that ended in a no contest, after his loss to Miles Johns was overturned and his bout against Ronnie Lawrence was halted prematurely. The 24-year-old Matsumoto is 14-0 as a professional and impressed last fall in his contract-winning effort opposite Kasey Tanner on the Contender Series.

Dylan Budka vs Cesar Almeida

Two members of the DWCS Class of ’23 meet here as Dylan Budka and Cesar Almeida make their joint debuts.

Dylan Budka takes down Chad Hanekom of South Africa in a middleweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season seven, week five at UFC APEX on September 05, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)
Dylan Budka takes down Chad Hanekom of South Africa in a middleweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season seven, week five at UFC APEX on September 05, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)

Budka got the call to the Octagon after a grueling unanimous decision win over Chad Hanekom, while the 35-year-old Almeida caught UFC CEO Dana White’s eye with his effort against Lucas Fernando and previous kickboxing win over current light heavyweight champ Alex Pereira.

Nora Cornolle vs Melissa Mullins

Nora Cornolle and Melissa Mullins meet in his bantamweight battle of sophomores aiming to build off successful debuts.

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Nora Cornolle of France reacts after defeating Joselyne Edwards of Panama in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at The Accor Arena on September 02, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Cornolle extended her winning streak to seven with a unanimous decision win over Joselyne Edwards in September, much to the delight of the partisan crowd in Paris. Mullins maintained her unbeaten record through her debut, getting the better of Irina Alekseeva on the scorecards in October to move to 6-0 overall.

UFC Fight Night: Allen vs Curtis 2 took place live from UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 6, 2024. See the final Prelim and Main Card Results, Official Scorecards, and Who Won Bonuses - and relive the action on UFC Fight Pass!