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Tavares vs Adesanya to headline TUF Finale event in July

Brad Tavares vs. Israel Adesanya headlines The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale in July Brad Tavares vs. Israel Adesanya headlines The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale in July
Shannon Reynolds | 01 May, 2018, 09:47

Israel Adesanya of Nigeria punches Marvin Vettori of Italy during their middleweight fight at UFC Fight Night in Arizona.

Just three fights into his UFC career, the Kiwi is set to headline his first UFC event, the promotion announced on Monday.

After those performances, Adesanya admitted he was hoping to book a fight with Tavares, though he wasn't sure it would be deemed a main event. It's an incredible pace for the flashy striker, who has already scored two victories this year.

Adesanya made his UFC debut in Perth this past February and remains undefeated in mixed martial arts with 13 wins.

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Now on a four-fight win streak, UFC middleweight and Hawaii native Brad Tavares is joining his fellow local fighters - Max Holloway, Yancy Medeiros and Rachael Ostovich - in Las Vegas this July for International Fight Week.

Tavares (17-4) also fought earlier this month, as the veteran finished Krzysztof Jotko. With a full head of steam, he should represent a solid step up for Israel Adesanya.

The kickboxing sensation will face Brad Tavares in a five-round main event on "The Ultimate Fighter" finale card at the Palms on July 6, sources close to the organization confirmed to the Review-Journal.

A semifinalist on season 11 of TUF, Hawaii's Tavares is showing the best form of his career, having won four in a row.

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