Ike Villanueva

Ike Villanueva vs. Jorge Gonzalez moved to Aug. 22 UFC event.

A light heavyweight bout between Ike Villanueva and Jorge Gonzalez has a new date.

Gonzalez, a Mexican fighter, ran into visa issues, forcing the promotion to push the fight back a week back from UFC 252 on Aug. 15 to UFC’s event on Aug. 22. Sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed the switch to MyMMANews.

Villanueva is fresh off a loss in his UFC debut. Villanueva took a short-notice heavyweight bout with octagon veteran Chase Sherman, losing via second-round TKO at UFC on ESPN+ 29 on May 13.

The “Hurricane” came into the bout on a four-fight win streak, including wins over UFC veterans Rashad Coulter and Roger Narvaez. Villanueva is 9-3 since returning to the cage in 2015 following a three-year layoff.

Gonzalez is set to make his UFC debut against Villanueva. Gonzalez most recently earned a first-round submission victory against Marcos Rodriguez at UWC 22 on July 3.

He is the winner of seven of his last eight bouts, including a first-round knockout win over UFC veteran Luke Barnatt.

Fight Card:

Pedro Munhoz vs. Frankie Edgar – 135 lbs
Ovince St. Preux vs. Alonzo Menifield – 205 lbs
Mariya Agapova vs. Shana Dobson – 125 lbs
Michelle Waterson vs. Angela Hill – 115 lbs
Mizuki Inoue vs. Amanda Lemos – 115 lbs
Takashi Sato vs. Daniel Rodriguez – 170 lbs
Mike Rodriguez vs. Marcin Prachnio – 205 lbs
Dwight Grant vs. Jared Gooden- 170 lbs
Jorge Gonzalez vs. Ike Villanueva – 205 lbs
Austin Hubbard vs. Joe Solecki – 155 lbs
Mark Striegl vs. Timur Valiev – 135 lbs
Maki Pitolo vs. Impa Kasanganay – 185 lbs
M. Semelsberger vs. Carlton Minus – 170 lbs

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