Lerone Murphy vs Douglas Silva de Andrade set for Jan. 20 UFC event

Lerone Murphy vs Douglas Silva de Andrade set for Jan. 20 UFC event

Featherweight standouts Lerone Murphy and Douglas Silva de Andrade are expected to square off at a yet-unannounced UFC event scheduled for Jan. 20.

Multiple people with knowledge of the booking confirmed the news to MMA Fighting. A location hasn’t been confirmed, but the Jan. 20 event could take place at Fight Island as a part of the run-up to UFC 257 on Jan. 23. UFC President Dana White recently said the promotion sought to promote a trio of events in Abu Dhabi over a one-week period culminating with the pay-per-view card now expected to host Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2.

Murphy is less than five months removed from a first-round stoppage of Ricardo Ramos on Fight Island. It was the Brit’s first win and a welcome change after he fought to a split draw against Zubaira Tukhugov at UFC 242.

Andrade, meanwhile, is getting back into the swing of things after a long layoff. The Brazilian picked up a huge win over ex-champ Renan Barao when he moved up to featherweight in his previous outing, which came in November 2019. But an injury forced him to withdraw from a scheduled fight against Movsar Evloev at UFC 248.

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