While the card still needs a main event, the UFC’s return to Arizona is quickly taking shape.
UFC officials today confirmed three new matchups for UFC Fight Night 103, including welterweights Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders, lightweights Devin Powell vs. Jordan Rinaldi and lightweights Erik Koch vs. Tony Martin.
UFC Fight Night 103 takes place Jan. 15 at Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
“The Crusher” McGee (18-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC), the middleweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 11,” has built a 4-2 record since dropping to 170 pounds. Most recently, he scored a decision win over Dominique Steele at August’s UFC Fight Night 92 event. He now meets “Killa B” Saunders (20-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC), a former cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter 6,” who returns to the UFC after a brief stint outside the promotion, scoring a 17-second submission win over fellow UFC vet Jacob Volkmann at a regional event in Minnesota.
Powell (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut on the strength of a six-fight winning streak. He meets “All Day” Rinaldi (12-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who stepped into the octagon for the first time this past May but suffered a decision loss to Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88.
“The Phoenix” Koch (15-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is a longtime UFC and WEC featherweight contender who has recently made the switch to the 155-pound division. He’s been rewarded with a 2-1 mark in the divisions, including a May submission win over Shane Campbell. He now meets Martin (10-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), who started in the UFC with back-to-back losses to Rashid Magomedov and Beneil Dariush but has since won two of three, including a January technical submission win over Felipe Olivieri.
With the addition to the lineup, UFC Fight Night 103 now includes: