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Report: UFC Fight Night 132 heads to Singapore, includes Kassem-Xiaonan, Lausa-Mokhtarian

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It appears the UFC will head to Singapore this summer for the second straight year, and third time overall.

UFC Fight Night 132, though not yet announced by the promotion, will take place in Singapore according to a report from Combate journalist Raphael Marinho on Twitter.

The card will take place June 23, though a venue and specific broadcast deatils were not reported. It is likely the event will stream in full on UFC Fight Pass, which was the case for the promotion’s first two events there: UFC Fight Night 34 in January 2014 and UFC Fight Night 111 in June 2017. UFC Fight Night 34 took place in Marina Bay at Sands Expo and Convention Centre; UFC Fight Night 111 took place at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang.

Two bouts already are ticketed for the card. Nadia Kassem (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will meet Yan Xiaonan (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a women’s strawweight bout, and Janel Lausa (7-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will take on Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at flyweight.

Kassem made her promotional debut this past November in her native Australia a few days after her 22nd birthday. Although she missed weight for the fight, she took a unanimous decision from Alex Chambers. It was her first fight to go out of the first round after a perfect 4-0 start in regional competition in her home country.

Yan Xiaonan

Xiaonan, from China, made her promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai in November. She beat Kailin Curran by unanimous decision and stretched her winning streak to six fights. After turning pro in 2009, the 28-year-old Yan stepped away from the sport for nearly five years before returning in 2015 to start her current run.

Jenel Lausa

Lausa will be looking to get back in the win column after back-to-back decision losses to Magomed Bibulatov at UFC 210 and Eric Shelton at UFC Fight Night 121 in Australia. The Philippines-based fighter won his promotional debut with a decision over Yao Zhikui in November 2016 before his current slide.

Ashkan Mokhtarian

Mokhtarian has back-to-back losses, as well. After signing with the UFC on a six-fight winning streak a year ago, he dropped a decision to former title challenger John Moraga in his promotional debut in New Zealand at UFC Fight Night 110. And in November, the Sydney-based Iranian was knocked out by a Ryan Benoit head kick in front of his home fans at UFC Fight Night 121.

For more on UFC Fight Night 132, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.



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