Dominick Reyes withdraws from Carlos Ulberg vs. Alonzo Menifield scheduled for UFC Atlantic City

The route chosen by Carlos Ulberg to climb the UFC light heavyweight rankings has changed.

Ulberg was initially anticipated to try to extend his winning run to five fights by facing Dominick Reyes, who is ranked fourteen, at UFC 297 in Toronto last week. But Ulberg’s recuperation from an injury required extra time, thus the fight was rescheduled.

Following some back-and-forth on social media, Ulberg and Reyes decided to reschedule the bout for March 31 at the UFC fight night in Atlantic City.

Ulberg will still feature on the card, but Reyes won’t.

The former world title contender withdrew from the fight for an unspecified reason, thus Ulberg will instead take on Alonzo Menifield, who is rated 12th.

Going from facing a southpaw striker who was on a four-fight losing streak (the previous three by knockout) to a formidable orthodox puncher with a respectable wrestling game who hasn’t lost in his last five fights is an intriguing transformation for the rapidly rising Ulberg.

The 36-year-old Menifield has an 8-3 record with one tie in 12 UFC fights. Out of those eight victories, two were obtained by submission and four by knockout.

Ulberg has been eyeing Menifield as a rival for a while. Following his sensational knockout victory over Nicolae Negumereanu at UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden in late 2022, Ulberg hinted that Menifield would probably cross his way.

Ulberg remarked, “I think there would be a good fight for me and there are a few guys I’m looking out for.”

Menifield has been dominating opponents and has achieved several noteworthy victories, therefore I think that would be a fantastic match-up.

Ulberg signed with the organisation in late 2020, therefore this fight will be his first chance to make an impression on the rankings. Since making his UFC debut in 2021, the 33-year-old has come a long way, and his most recent submission victory over Jung Da-un in Sydney last September shown that he was more than just a powerful puncher.

Brad Riddell, another Kiwi, has also scheduled a comeback to the octagon. On March 17 in Las Vegas, the lightweight fighter will take on Thiago Moises for the first time in almost a year.

With four consecutive victories and two performance bonuses, Riddell got off to a fast start in the UFC, earning a spot in the top 15.

After being submitted by Renato Moicano in November 2022, he declared he would be taking a hiatus from the sport, but he has since suffered three consecutive losses.

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