Boston is heading to Brazil – Boston Salmon, that is.
Thanks to his win on the first installment of Dana White’s Contender Series, Salmon (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has booked a bantamweight fight against Augusto Mendes (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 119. UFC officials made the announcement during the stream of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Salmon picked up a coveted UFC contract in July when he took a unanimous decision from Ricky Turcios at DWCS 1 in Las Vegas. Prior to that, all six of his fights had been under the RFA banner. There, he started a perfect 5-0 with four knockout wins before he dropped a tough split call to Zac Riley at RFA 43 nearly a year ago for the lone loss of his career. But he got back on track in the most important win of his career, and it earned him a shot at the UFC.
Mendes started his pro career 5-0 when he got the call from the UFC to fight Cody Garbrandt on short notice at UFC Fight Night 83 in February 2016. He was knocked out in the first round, and Garbrandt went on to win the UFC’s bantamweight title.
But Mendes rebounded nearly a year later with a split-decision win over Frankie Saenz at UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix, where he bases a portion of his training with The MMA Lab. The Legacy FC vet’s first UFC victory was only three months in the rearview mirror, though, when he dropped a decision to Aljamain Sterling at UFC on FOX 24 in April.
With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes: