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UFC Fight Roundup: Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa, Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett set for UFC 279

Hakeem Dawodu
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Fights come together fast these days, and if you blink, you can easily miss them. In Fight Roundup, we bring you the latest reported matchups to keep you up to date with what’s on the horizon.

All bouts featured have been officially announced or confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz, Mike Heck, and Damon Martin via sources with knowledge of the matchups.

UFC Fight Night: Erosa v Peterson
Julian Erosa
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Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa

Featherweight veterans Hakeem Dawodu and Julian Erosa are set for UFC 279.

The two will meet at the upcoming Sept. 10 pay-per-view, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Both fighters are coming off of wins and look to climb the rankings with another victory.

Dawodu (13-2-1) has been one of the toughest outs in the featherweight division with six wins in his past seven fights. The Canadian defeated Mike Trizano by unanimous decision in his most recent outing this past February to rebound from a loss to Movsar Evloev. As a pro, he has competed exclusively for the UFC and the former World Series of Fighting (now the PFL).

Erosa (27-9) is coming off of a split decision victory over Steven Peterson. He is 4-1 in his second stint with the UFC, including notable wins over Charles Jourdain and Nate Landwehr.

The matchup was first reported by MMA Junkie.

UFC Fight Night: Arlovski v Collier
Jake Collier
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett

A heavyweight clash between Jake Collier (13-7) and Chris Barnett (22-8) has also been added to UFC 279.

Collier has competed in three weight classes in the UFC, scoring wins at heavyweight, light heavyweight, and middleweight. In his most recent fight at UFC Vegas 53 this past April, he lost a controversial split decision to former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski.

Since signing with the UFC in 2014, Collier has alternated wins and losses in 11 appearances for the promotion.

A 13-year veteran, Barnett won his first UFC fight at UFC 268 this past November via a spectacular spinning wheel kick against Gian Villante. He lost a decision Martin Buday in his most recent outing, dropping his UFC record to 1-2.

UFC Fight Night: Grant v Stoltzfus
Dustin Stoltzfus
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Abusupiyan Magomedov vs. Dustin Stoltzfus

Abusupiyan Magomedov has a new opponent for his UFC debut.

“Abus” now fights Dustin Stoltzfus in a middleweight bout at UFC Paris on Sept. 3 with originally scheduled opponent Makhmud Muradov forced to withdraw due to injury. Magomedov’s team UFD Gym was first to announce the change.

This is the fourth fight booking for Magomedov (24-4-1), who is yet to make his UFC debut. Magomedov has previously competed for KSW and the PFL. He made it to the finals of the PFL’s inaugural middleweight tournament in 2018, but lost to Louis Taylor. That marked Magomedov’s lone loss in his past 13 fights.

Stoltzfus (14-4) makes a quick turnaround after picking up his first UFC win at UFC on ABC 3. After an 0-3 start, Stoltzfus won a unanimous decision over Dwight Grant to snap his skid.

UFC Fight Night: Moises v Giagos
Christos Giagos
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Christos Giagos vs. Benoit Saint Denis

Lightweights Christos Giagos and Benoit Saint Denis are also headed to Paris.

Giagos (19-10) takes on the Frenchman on the Sept. 3 card and looks snap a rare losing streak. In his second stint with the UFC, Giagos has compiled a 4-4 record. He has lost his past two outings in the first round, losing by submission to Thiago Moises and by TKO to Arman Tsarukyan. Prior to those setbacks, Giagos won four of five fights.

Saint Denis (9-1, 1 NC) saw his UFC career get off to an inauspicious start at UFC 267 after losing a one-sided unanimous decision to Elizeu Zaleski in a bout that saw him absorb a frightening amount of damage. He returned to action this past April and defeated Niklas Stolze by second-round submission.

The matchup was first reported by MMA Junkie.

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