Undefeated bantamweight Nathan Maness (10-0) returns to action this Friday in Canada to defend his TKO bantamweight title for the first time. Maness heads to Gatineau, Quebec for TKO 48 that will air live on UFC Fight Pass.
Maness began his professional career back in 2013 in Lexington, KY with a win over Jeremy Pender. He hasn’t looked back and has jumped out to a perfect 10-0 start including his last fight, a bantamweight championship win over Jesse Arnett last September. He was scheduled to defend his title earlier this year but the fight was postponed due to injury. Maness will meet Taylor Lapilus (14-3) this Friday.
Lapilus is a UFC veteran who went 3-1 for the promotion. It’s reported that he left the promotion to pursue other things. He’s went 4-1 in his post UFC career including a split decision win last December in his TKO debut.
Both fighters have shown they are durable and can grind out decision wins. Maness has five decision wins while Lapilus has six on his resume. Maness probably has the greater chance of finishing the fight and his performance against Arnett should be a reminder.
The fight takes place May 24th, this Friday night with things kicking off at 6 p.m. ET. The heavyweight, bantamweight, and women’s flyweight belts will all be up for grabs.