A heavyweight clash between two former
Dana White’s Contender Series competitors has been added to a
UFC Fight Night event scheduled for April 27.
Diniz is set to make his first walk to the Octagon against
Florida native Austen
Lane. The news was first announced by Diniz’s management
company, All In Sports, on social media.
Undefeated in his professional mixed martial arts career, Diniz
(6-0) is a former professional kickboxer who transitioned to the
sport of MMA in May 2022. Over the course of his MMA journey, the
Brazilian has displayed an incredible affinity for finishing fights
early, recording six first-round finishes in as many outings. The
32-year-old most recently recorded a Round 1 technical knockout
victory against Eduardo
Neves in an appearance on the Contender Series in September to
earn himself a UFC contract.
Meanwhile, Lane (12-4) is coming off a Round 1 KO loss to Justin Tafa
UFC 293 in a matchup that had to be rebooked after their
initial meeting in June was declared a no contest due to an
accidental eye poke by Lane. Prior to the loss to Tafa, Lane was on
a six-fight winning streak that included a Round 1 TKO win over
Jacobi on the Contender Series in 2022.
The unnamed UFC
Fight Night event on April 27 is set to take place at UFC Apex
in Las Vegas and will also feature a women’s flyweight clash
Silva against Ariane