Joshua Van will return to the octagon at UFC Vegas 84. The Burmese flyweight has stepped in as a late replacement for Denys Bondar and will face Felipe Bunes on January 13th.
Van (9-1) has won his first two UFC fights. He was born in Myanmar but lives and trains in Houston and has only just started to acquire a fan following in his homeland.
Van’s win at UFC 295 brought him to the attention of the Burmese audience and he has received encouragement from Aung La Nsang, who knows exactly what it means to be a star in Myanmar. The 22 year old will have to put his plans for Christmas on hold after getting the call to replace Bondar.
Bunes (13-6) trains with the Pitbull Brothers. He will be making his UFC debut and earned a contract after knocking out Yuma Horiuchi at LFA 149.
What a fight by Joshua Van and Kevin Borjas 👏
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 11, 2023
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