A fighter who never holds the title of champion, but who is quite deservedly the people's favorite - Derrick Lewis, systematically descended from the hall of the elite, into the room where the representatives of the TOP-15 of the division are sitting. Marcos Rogerio De Lima will try to take advantage of his position, with whom they will enter the octagon on July 30, in the UFC 291 numbered event card. The “Black Beast” has not felt the taste of victories since the end of 2021, and he was again picked up by a formidable striker carrying new “dream sessions” in his fists. Whose “cannon” will shoot first in this fight?

Derrick Lewis vs Marcos Rogerio De Lima
Long time fans will remember how the Ultimate Fighter's idiosyncratic guy broke into the UFC roster and became a nightmare for fighters in the lightweight division. 12 years have passed since then, and now El Cucuy is a millimeter away from being fired, going on an insane losing streak. The UFC 291 tournament, which will be held in Salt Lake City on July 30, has every chance of being Tony Ferguson's last in his career, as is his opponent, Bobby Green. So will The King manage to retire old Tony?

Tony Ferguson vs Bobby Green
The premier expert in wiping out middleweights eager to prove their dominance over light heavyweights, Jan Blachowicz, who possesses intimidating Polish power, is preparing to examine another candidate. This time around, it's ex-84kg champ Alex Pereira who's heading to the cage at UFC 291 as a co-main event on July 30th. For the Brazilian, this is the best opportunity to jump into the title train by beating the veteran, however, he will have a tough nut to crack, and who knows if the Hands of Stone will be able to crack him.

Jan Blachowicz vs Alex Pereira
The Russian fighter, Albert Duraev, got into the UFC rather late, and at the start he performed no more than once a year. But now, his second fight awaits him in 2023, against the rather successful Korean prospect Yun Yong Park. Their confrontation will take place in the second most important event of UFC on ESPN 49, which will be held on July 16. For Duraev, as part of performances under the banner of Western promotion, this is almost the most difficult challenge, since his opponent will be ready to fight on any floor. Will the Machete's skills be enough to cut the threads of the Park to win this fight?

Albert Duraev vs Yun Yong Park
Former UFC middleweight champion Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker will arrive in Las Vegas on July 9 to welcome South Africa's Dricus Du Plessis to the elite. Bold, arrogant and cocky "Stillknocks" is already looking behind his counterpart, in every possible way knocking out a meeting with Israel Adesanya. However, at UFC 290, Whittaker will be a nightmare, as he has not faced a fighter of this caliber once in 10 years of professional sports. Will it help Drickus that Stylebender is rooting for him and wishing him victory?

Robert Whittaker vs Drykus Du Plessis
In 2016, during the filming of the 24th season of TUF, two guys came together in the tournament bracket: Brandon Moreno, who owns the WFF league title, and Alejandre Pantozha, who proudly wears the RFA belt. In that fight, "Kid Assassin" was defeated, and two years later - again in revenge with him. But at UFC 290 on July 9, Moreno will have one last chance to settle the score and, at the same time, defend the organization's flyweight title. Will he cope with the unshakable Brazilian?

Brandon Moreno vs Alejandre Pantoja
Without exaggeration, the legendary mixed martial arts venue - T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will host the UFC 290 anniversary tournament on July 9. It is a great honor to lead it to the second number of the P4P rating, featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. The fight with him is not for the usual contender, but for the owner of the temporary belt, Yair Rodriguez. Potentially, we are waiting for one of the best matches of the year in the category up to 66 kg. So where will the title go: Australia or Mexico? Let's figure it out.

Alexander Volkanovski vs Yair Rodriguez
The son of the Tatar people - Rinat Fakhretdinov, from a debutant, retrained as a hunter for veterans, since at the UFC on ESPN 48 tournament, he will meet with the ex-contender for the interim title, Kevin Lee. The American repeatedly restarted his career, up to the fact that he spoke in the organization of Khabib Nurmagomedov, but as a result he returned “home” to try once again to get to the belt. And on July 2, at the UFC Apex site in Las Vegas, the guys will identify the strongest, as part of a clash of two different generations of fighters.

Rinat Fakhretdinov vs Kevin Lee