Just a days to go before the UFC Fight Night 162 welterweight main event on ESPN+, which takes place Sat., Oct. 26, 2019, the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion brought 170-pound headliners, Demian Maia and Ben Askren, face-to-face for a special media day in Singapore.
Maia (27-9) is coming off back-to-back wins over Lyman Good and Anthony Rocco Martin following a string of consecutive defeats to some of the division’s top wrestlers. While he turns 42 in just a few weeks, the Brazilian is still considered one of the best grapplers in the sport.
He’ll need to be for this contest.
Askren (19-1, 1 NC) made his Octagon debut with a controversial win over Robbie Lawler at UFC 235 back in March, then got put out to pasture by Jorge Masvidal just a couple of months later. The 35 year-old Olympian needs a commanding performance if he hopes to remain in the division Top 10.
In the UFC Singapore co-main event, Michael Johnson returns to lightweight against Stevie Ray. In addition, Sergei Pavlovich and Maurice Greene collide in 265-pound action, while Frank Camacho vs. Beneil Dariush hook ‘em up for lightweight bragging rights.
Demian Maia’s most recent results
Win: Anthony Rocco Martin (MD, June 29)
Win: Lyman Good (SUB2, Feb. 2)
Loss: Kamaru Usman (UD, May 19, 2018)
Loss: Colby Covington (UD, Oct. 28, 2017)
Loss: Tyron Woodley (UD, July 29, 2017)
Ben Askren’s most recent results
Loss: Jorge Masvidal (KO1, July 6)
Win: Robbie Lawler (TechSUB1, March 2)
Win: Shinya Aoki (TKO1, Nov. 24, 2017)
Win: Zebaztian Kadestam (TKO2, Sept. 2, 2017)
Win: Agilan Thani (SUB1, May 26, 2017)
HOW TO WATCH OR STREAM UFC FIGHT NIGHT 162
UFC Fight Night 162 takes place at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on Saturday. The main card streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN+.
UFC Fight Night 162 Main Card (ESPN+ 8 a.m. ET)
Demian Maia vs. Ben Askren
Michael Johnson vs. Stevie Ray
Frank Camacho vs. Beneil Dariush
Ciryl Gane vs. Don’tale Mayes
Muslim Salikhov vs. Laureano Staropoli
UFC Fight Night 162 Preliminary Card (ESPN+ 5 a.m. ET)
Randa Markos vs. Ashley Yoder
Alex White vs. Rafael Fiziev
Enrique Barzola vs. Movsar Evloev
Sergei Pavlovich vs. Maurice Greene
Loma Lookboonmee vs. Aleksandra Albu
Raphael Pessoa Nunes vs. Jeff Hughes