Written by Josh B.
Heading toward UFC Fight Night, three additional matchups are set for the May 30th card.
Emanating from UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, main eventers Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns welcome six newly announced Fight Night cast members. That cast, as reported by Sherdog, is headlined by Dana White Contender Series lightweight alum Roosevelt Roberts vs. Brok Weaver. Next, flyweight action pits Casey Kenney vs. Louis Smolka. Finally, 125-lb women's division contender Katlyn Chookagian faces Antonina Shevchenko.
While odds are currently unlisted for the lead-in bouts, a record glance shows Roberts (9-1) stands 3-1 vs. octagon opponents. The 6'1, 26-year-old holds wins over Darell Horcher, Thomas Gifford and Alexander Yakovlev under UFC banner. Roberts' lone setback came last June vs. Vinc Pichel.
Meanwhile, fellow upstart Brok Weaver (15-4) rides an eight-fight win streak. After earning his UFC contract by outshining favored Devin Smyth on Dana White's Contender Series, Weaver gained debut Feb. UFC victory after taking an illegal knee from Rodrigo Vargas. The 6'0, Jackson, Alabama native seeks more convincing results vs. Roberts.
Bantamweight Casey Kenney (13-2-1) held smaller promotion straps before opening his UFC run defeating Ray Borg and Manny Bermudez as an underdog. The 29-year-old, however, couldn't put together a third upset Feb. 15 vs. Merab Dvalishvili.
After experiencing octagon highs and lows, veteran Louis Smolka (16-6) dominated regional competition en route to his UFC return. Smolka began his initial Ultimate Fighting Championship tenure 5-1 before losing four straight to earn walking papers. Since resurfacing with the centerpiece MMA promotion, Smolka has won two of three, including a recent submission victory over Ryan MacDonald.
Former 125 lb. women's title challenger Katlyn Chookagian (13-3) had her two-fight winning streak unceremoniously halted Feb. 8 via crucifix vs. flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko. Chookigan, the number two ranked conteder looks for revenge May 30 vs. Shevchenko's sister, Antonina.
The older Shevchenko sibling boasts an 8-1 record, and is 2-1 since earning her UFC contract on DWCS in 2018. Rated #12 among female straweights, at 35, the Lima, Peru native seeks breakthrough success May 20.
Check back as more fights from the fourth UFC event this month are announced.