Tyson Pedro vs Ilir Latifi confirmed for UFC 215

Sydney based Tyson Pedro gets the biggest opponent of his career, with the 25-year-old confirmed to be facing Ilir Latifi at UFC 215 on September 9 (September 10 in Australia).

UFC officials announced the light-heavyweight match-up earlier today after Pedro hinted at the match-up earlier in the month at UFC Auckland.

Undefeated in both his UFC and MMA careers, Pedro is coming off a strong win against Scottish fighter Paul Craig whom he finished in the first round via TKO in their fight at UFC 209 in March this year. The win took his record to 6-0.

Latifi brings a 12-5 (UFC 5-3) record into the bout and last competed back in September, where the Swedish born 33-year-old was knocked out by Ryan Bader. Prior to that, Latifi had won three on the trot, includins wins against both Sean O’Connell and Gian Villante.

Pedro is currently as the number 12 contender in the UFC light-heavyweight rankings, with Latifi three spots ahead of him in number nine.

UFC 215 will take place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada with a Francis Ngannou and Junior Dos Santos heavyweight contest also confirmed for the event.

No main event has been announced for the event.

Fight Card:

  • Junior Dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
  • Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro
  • Gavin Tucker vs. Rick Glenn
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras
  • Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira vs. Arjan Bhullar

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Started Martial Arts training after watching Mr Miyagi and Daniel-son in Karate Kid back in 1987. When the sport of MMA arrived many years later, it was a natural progression. Coverage of local MMA was via scarce posts on forums like the Underground and Sherdog. I embarked on covering the sport in 2002 and since then have written thousands of articles for both print and online media, before branching out and starting Fight News Australia in 2010. Outside the site, I dream of racing an F1 car and hiking the Swiss Alps. Most of all, my family is numero uno.