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The main card kicks off in the bantamweight division as Alatangheili and Kleidison Rodrigues share the Octagon in Las Vegas.

After earning a pair of victories in 2022, Alatangheili landed on the wrong side of the scorecards in his lone appearance last year, dropping a decision to Chris Gutierrez in October. The 32-year-old “Mongolian Knight” is 4-2-1 in the UFC and has not lost consecutive fights since 2015, a trend he’s hoping to continue this weekend.

It’s been an up-and-down couple years for Rodrigues since he punched his ticket to the UFC roster with a unanimous decision win on Season 5 of Dana White’s Contender Series. He dropped his debut, withdrew from his next assignment, missed weight ahead of his win over Shannon Ross, missed weight again and then moved to bantamweight, where he was submitted in the first round by Farid Basharat last time out.

Alatangheili has a significant overall experience advantage, though Rodrigues is the younger, quicker of the two. Will age and experience rule the day, or will youth prevail? We’ll find out Saturday.

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