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Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland moves from UFC 265 to July 31 UFC Fight Night headliner

Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland will battle a week earlier, but in the coveted headliner spot.

Originally scheduled to fight at UFC 265 on Aug. 7, Hall (17-9 MMA, 10-7 UFC) and Strickland (23-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) will now square off in the July 31 UFC main event at a location and venue that has yet to be announced, but likely to be the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

A person with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. ESPN was first to report the news.

Hall has won four straight, including three by finish. “The Ultimate Fighter” finalist notched a big first-round TKO win over Chris Weidman at UFC 261, defeating the former champion just 17 seconds into the fight. Hall checked a leg kick early, which snapped Weidman’s leg in half in one of the most gruesome injuries to ever take place in the octagon.

Entering the first UFC headliner of his career, Strickland is on a hot streak of his own. Since returning from a two-year layoff due to a motorcycle accident, Strickland has won three straight, most recently defeating Krzysztof Jotko by unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN 23 in May.

With the addition to the card, the July 31 lineup includes:

  • Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Jason Witt
  • Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Yoder
  • Rafa Garcia vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
  • Collin Anglin vs. Melsik Baghdasaryan
  • Orion Cosce vs. Phillip Rowe
  • Cheyanne Buys vs. Gloria de Paula
  • Mounir Lazzez vs. Niklas Stolze
  • Kyung Ho Kang vs. Rani Yahya
  • Dooho Choi vs. Danny Chavez
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