Batgerel (10-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) faces Jackson (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night on March 26, which takes place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and airs on ESPN.
A person with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the booking with MMA Junkie following a social media announcement by Iridium Sports Agency. The booking has yet to be officially announced by the promotion.
Batgerel and Jackson originally were scheduled to square off at UFC Fight Night 192 in September, but visa issues forced Batgerel out of the bout. Jackson faced short-notice replacement JP Buys instead, setting the record for the most knockdowns in a UFC bantamweight bout with four, en route to a unanimous decision win.
Since dropping his UFC debut to Heili Alateng in August 2019, Batgerel has scored three consecutive first-round stoppages, including a “Performance of the Night” TKO of Brandon Davis in his past outing at UFC Fight Night 195 in October.
With the addition, the UFC Columbus lineup includes:
Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic
Amanda Ribas vs. Michelle Waterson
Sara McMann vs. Karol Rosa
Tucker Lutz vs. Seungwoo Choi
Askar Askarov vs. Kai Kara-France
Danaa Batgerel vs. Montel Jackson
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Of course, Montel Jackson expected to set a new record – he’s ‘a bad man’