A pair of UFC middleweights will grapple at 205 pounds at next week’s FURY Grappling 3 event.
Hawes (11-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) scored his UFC contract through a victory on Dana White’s Contender Series and then rattled off three consecutive wins over Jacob Malkoun, Nassourdine Imavov and Kyle Daukaus. In November, he saw that streak come to a surprising end against underdog Chris Curtis. A former Division I wrestler and junior college national champion, “Megatron” will now try to close out the year on a high note.
Petroski (7-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) made his way to the UFC through “The Ultimate Fighter 29,” where he advanced to the semifinals of the season’s competition before losing to eventual tournament winner Bryan Battle. Still, Petroski was invited to compete on the live finale, where he scored a third-round TKO win over Micheal Gillmore. A Daniel Gracie product, Petroski followed that up with a third-round submission win over Hu Yaozong at October’s UFC 267.
With the addition, the FURY Professional Grappling 3 lineup includes:
Rose Namajunas vs. Danielle Kelly
Sean Brady vs. Craig Jones
Clay Guida vs. Billy Quarantillo
Chase Hooper vs. Renato Moicano
Steve Mowry vs. Nicky Rodriguez
Kevin Holland vs. Kody Hamrah
Neil Magny vs. Joaquim Silva
Eddy Torres vs. Alex Caceres
Phil Hawes vs. Andre Petroski