The thrilling featherweight clash between Austin Lingo and Melquizael Costa is expected to take place on the 15th of July under the UFC Vegas 77 undercard, where Holly Holm vs Mayra Bueno Silva is headlined as the main event.
Sources from MMA Fighting confirmed the news. Austin Lingo has won twice and lost twice so far in his journey with the UFC, and he has a professional record of 9-2. His match against Nate Landwehr resulted in a submission defeat, and Lingo should look forward to securing a win in the upcoming match against Melquizael Costa if progressing to the top tier is a goal he aspires to achieve.
It's a must win match for both fighters
As far as Melquizael Costa is concerned, he could not make an impressive debut with the UFC. Thiago Moises was the opponent he faced earlier in the beginning of 2023; Costa got submitted in the second round and will now be looking forward to changing his impression to the UFC and the MMA world.
Melquizael Costa has a professional record of 19-6, and in terms of experience, he is definitely ahead of Austin Lingo. A victory will assure the fighters a match against competitive opponents from the featherweight division.
The top 15 contenders from the featherweight division also started from scratch and it is usually the will to reach the top that allows fighters to reach great heights. A highlight-worthy performance will simply increase their chances of progressing smoothly in the division, and they could also get a handsome bonus.
The fights to take place on the UFC Vegas 77 undercard haven't been disclosed yet, and in the following weeks, the UFC should publicly announce the co-main event and other fights scheduled to take place on the 15th of July.
Mayra Bueno Silva has the golden opportunity to level up in the women's bantamweight rankings; she is currently the 10th ranked fighter in the division, and a win from here can easily allow her to progress. A win for Holly Holm can set her on the path again to demand a title shot.