UFC Fight Card July 14 Fills up With Three Added Bouts
Three additional fights have been added to the card for UFC Fight Night 133, bringing the total to 13 bouts for Boise’s first UFC event on July 14th at CenturyLink Arena.
Two Men’s Featherweight bouts and a Women’s Strawweight fight have been announced, with two of the fighters making their UFC debuts. Mark De La Rosa will face Elias Garcia with Garcia seeing his first action in the Octagon, and Raoni Barcelos will make his debut against Kurt Holobaugh. Jessica Aguilar will take on Jodie Esquibel.
De La Rosa (9-1-0) suffered his first defeat in his last outing, his UFC debut at UFC 219 in December. Prior to that submission defeat to Tim Elliott, De La Rosa was a perfect 9-0-0, earning victories at seven different promotions. The 23 year-old Fort Worth, Texas native was the Bantamweight title-holder for Dominion Warrior and Superior Combative Championships. Garcia (5-0-0) will take his first fight since September, a first-round submission victory over David Williams at Mecca 10. The 25-year old fighting out of Milwaukee has earned victories with North American Fighting Championships, Chosen Few FC, Victory One Championships, and Mecca. Three of his five victories have come via submission.
Holobaugh (17-4-0) is back in the Octagon for the first time since UFC 159 in April 2013, a unanimous decision defeat to Steven Siler. Since then, the 33 year-old fighter out of Louisiana has won eight of ten bouts and Featherweight titles with XFC and Titan FC. Holobaugh did fight Matt Bessette in July 2017, his last bout, at “Dana White’s Contender Series”, but that fight was ruled a No Contest. Barcelos (11-1-0) has won four straight fights heading into his first UFC tilt. The 33 year-old Brazilian fighter was the Featherweight Title holder at RFA, defending it twice and most recently in his last fight at RFA 45, a knockout of Dan Moret in October 2016. Barcelos has earned six wins by knockout or TKO and four by decision.
Aguilar (19-6-0) will make her third UFC appearances, seeking her first win at UFC after defeats at UFC 190 and UFC 211, both by unanimous decision. The Florida fighter won nine consecutive fights before joining UFC, sporting a 5-1-0 career record with Bellator and a 3-0-0 record with World Series of Fighting. Aguilar held the Strawweight Title at WSOF, defending it twice. Esquibel (6-3-0) steps into the Octagon for the second time, looking to bounce back from a unanimous decision defeat to Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC Fight Night 118 in October. The fighter out of New Mexico appeared in six fights for Invicta FC prior to joining UFC, going 3-3-0. Esquibel appeared in Season 23 of The Ultimate Fighter, falling in a qualifying bout with Ashley Yoder.
UFC Fight Night 133 is headlined by the Heavyweight bout between Junior Dos Santos and Blagoy Ivanov. James Vick and Paul Felder meet for a Lightweight bout in the Co-Main Event.