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UFC 244: Canadian Hakeem Dawodu returns to take on DWCS alum Julio Arce

The UFC confirmed Tuesday that Canadian featherweight Hakeem Dawodu (10-1-1) will face Dana White Contender Series (DWCS) alum Julio Arce (16-3-0) at Madison Square Garden’s UFC 244 card in November.

Dawodu, 28, lost his debut contest in the octagon but is now currently enjoying a three fight win streak. The Calgary native finished Yoshinori Horie in his last bout at UFC 240 in July.

Meanwhile, Arce, 29, bounced back from a tough split-decision loss to Sheymon Moraes at UFC 230 to knock out Julian Erosa at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in May. He is 3-1-0 in the UFC.

UFC 244 is scheduled for Nov. 2 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Confirmed bouts include:

Nate Diaz (20-11-0) vs. Jorge Masvidal (34-13-0)

Kelvin Gastelum (15-4-0, 1NC) vs. Darren Till (17-2-1)

Hakeem Dawodu (10-1-1) vs. Julio Arce (16-3-0)

Stephen Thompson (14-4-1) vs. Vincent Luque (17-6-1)

Derrick Lewis (21-7-0, 1NC) vs. Blagoy Ivanov (18-2-0)

Lyman Good (20-5-0, 1NC) vs. Chance Recountre (14-3-0)

Katlyn Chookagian (12-2-0) vs. Jennifer Maia (17-5-1)

Corey Anderson (12-4-0) vs. Johnny Walker (17-3-0)

Krzystzof Jotko (21-4-0) vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (10-0-0)

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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