What is being billed as a “potential” lightweight title eliminator bout headlines UFC Fight Night 98 while the finals of the TUF Latin America 3 lightweight tournament co-headlines the card. TUF Latin America 3 Finale, aka Fight Night 98, takes place November 5th at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City with three prelims webcast at UFC Fight Pass, four prelims and the seven-fight main card broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
Rafael dos Anjos was the UFC lightweight champion from March 2015 when he defeated Anthony Pettis until his TKO loss to Eddie Alvarez in July with a defense of the belt against Donald Cerrone between those two bouts. Now standing 25-8 he is the #2 ranked lightweight behind Khabib Nurmagomedov while Tony Ferguson is ranked #3. Ferguson’s 22-3 record is capped with an eight-fight win streak that includes wins over Gleison Tibau, Josh Thomson, Edson Barboza, and Lando Vannata with all four of those bouts earning a “Performance” or “Fight of the Night” bonus. Ferguson’s most recent loss came by unanimous decision against Michael Johnson, Ferguson’s only loss in the past seven years or fifteen fights.
This TUF lightweight tournament concludes with Team Griffin’s Martin Bravo vs. Team Liddell’s Claudio Puelles. On the reality show Puelles defeated Jose Davie Flores in the elimination round, Pablo Sabori in the quarter-finals, and Marcelo Rojo in the semi-finals. Martin Bravo made it to the finals with wins over Juan Villaseca, John Bedoya, and Leanardo Rodriguez. Officially Puelles is 7-1 with his only loss being a unanimous decision to David Cubas, Bravo is undefeated as a pro at 10-0.
Prelims at UFC Fight Pass
- FW: Enrique Barzola vs. Chris Avila
- LW: Marco Polo Reyes vs. Jason Novelli
- MW: Sam Alvey vs. Alex Nicholson
Prelims on Fox Sports 1
- BW: Henry Briones vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
- WW: Erick Montano vs. Max Griffin
- BW: Marco Beltran vs. TBA
- BW: Erik Perez vs. Felipe Arantes
- W Strawweight: Alexa Grasso vs. Heather Jo Clark
- LW: Beneil Dariush vs. Rashid Magomedov
- FW: Ricardo Lamas vs. Charles Oliveira
- LW: Diego Sanchez vs. Marcin Held
- LW tournament final: Martin Bravo vs. Claudio Puelles
- LW: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson