Indian MMA Fighter Anshul Jubli progressed into the next round of the Road to UFC event after his opponent Sho Patrick Usami was removed from the bout due to weight management issues.
Fighting out of Crosstrain Fight Club in Delhi under Siddharth Singh, Anshul made weight for the fight as he came to the scale at 155.5 LBS. He was scheduled to fight Usami at Road to UFC Episode 3 on 10 June 2022 but now, he will have to wait for the semi-finals to complete.
“Due to issues with weight management, Sho Patrick Usami has been removed from his lightweight bout against Anshul Jubli. As Jubli made weight (155.5), he will proceed to the next round of the Road to the UFC tournament,” an official statement from the UFC read.
He is expected to fight the winner of Asikeerbai Jinensibieke (China) vs. Kim KyeongPyo (South Korea) in the semi-final showdown. The semifinals are scheduled to take place later this year, and the finals will be on the prelims of a UFC Fight Night. At that event, each of the four divisions' winners will be awarded a UFC contract.
Hailing from Uttarakhand in India, Anshul has been a force to reckon with in the Indian MMA circuit and is undefeated in both his amateur and professional MMA career. He built up an impressive record of 13-0 to his name in the amateur circuit before turning professional back in 2019.
In his debut, Anshul produced a strong performance against a more experienced Sanjeet Budhwar at Matrix Fight Night 2 before piling up wins against Amit Raj, Rajit Chandran, Srikant Sekhar, and Mohammad Mahmoudian.
Sho Usami, on the other hand, came into the fight with a record of 4-1 to his name and was coming off a loss in his last fight which happened back in April 2022. Elsewhere, India’s Pawan Maan made weight for his bout last day and will be in action at Road to UFC Episode 2 when he fights Jeka Saragih of Indonesia in a lightweight bout.
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