Well, folks, we’ve got a bantamweight clash on our hands. Rinya Nakamura is set to face off against Brady Hiestand in the upcoming UFC 298.
This exciting news was first spilled by Hiestand’s management, the Iridium Sports Agency. Both athletes later confirmed the news on their social media platforms.
Now, here’s where it gets interesting. UFC 298 is happening at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The date? Feb. 17. And guess what? It’s headlined by a featherweight championship showdown. Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria are the main event.
Now, let’s talk about Nakamura. This guy is undefeated in eight professional appearances. Not too shabby, huh? He’s a 28-year-old from Saitama, Japan, and he’s got quite a record.
He won the Road to UFC tournament with a trio of first-round finishes. Then, he outpointed Fernie Garcia in his most recent outing at UFC Fight Night 225 on Aug. 26.
On the other side of the ring, we have Hiestand. He was a cast member on Season 29 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” After a loss to Ricky Turcios in the finale of the reality show at UFC on ESPN 30, he’s bounced back.
Since then, “Bam Bam” has scored victories over Fernie Garcia and Batgerel Dana within the Las Vegas-based promotion. So, this fight is shaping up to be quite the spectacle.