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Joaquin Buckley Set for Showdown Against Nursulton Ruziboev in UFC St. Louis Co-Main Event

Joaquin Buckley Set for Showdown Against Nursulton Ruziboev
Joaquin Buckley

The anticipation builds as Joaquin Buckley gears up for a pivotal clash in his hometown. UFC CEO Dana White recently confirmed Buckley's next challenge, revealing that he will face Nursulton Ruziboev in the welterweight co-main event of UFC St. Louis on May 11.

Buckley, a rising welterweight contender hailing from St. Louis, had been vocal about his desire to headline his hometown card. Following his impressive victory over Vicente Luque on March 30, Buckley reiterated his plea during UFC 300's pre-fight press conference, and now, his wish has been partially granted.

With a record of 18-6, Buckley boasts a three-fight winning streak since returning to the welterweight division, including notable knockouts of Luque and Andre Fialho. Currently ranked No. 11 in the UFC welterweight rankings, Buckley is poised to solidify his contender status in front of his hometown crowd.

Facing Buckley is Nursulton Ruziboev (34-8-2), a formidable opponent making the move down from the middleweight division. Ruziboev has impressed with back-to-back first-round knockouts in the UFC, showcasing his dominance at 185 pounds. His recent victory over Sedriques Dumas on March 30 sets the stage for a compelling showdown against Buckley.

Both fighters are on a six-week turnaround, adding an extra layer of intensity to their upcoming bout at UFC St. Louis. Set to take place at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri, the event promises electrifying action, with the co-main event featuring Buckley and Ruziboev adding to the excitement.

As the countdown to UFC St. Louis begins, fight fans eagerly anticipate witnessing Buckley and Ruziboev collide in the Octagon. With their skills and determination on full display, this co-main event is primed to deliver fireworks in the welterweight division.


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