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Matt Frevola vs. Fares Ziam joins Paris lineup

Matt Frevola’s campaign to fight in Paris has paid off.

Frevola (11-4-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) takes on Fares Ziam (15-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a lightweight bout Sept. 28 at a UFC Fight Night event from Accor Arena in Paris, France.

Two people with knowledge of the booking recently confirmed the matchup to MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. Eurosport NL first reported the booking.

Winner of three of his past four, Frevola is coming off a stoppage loss to Benoit Saint Denis at UFC 295. Prior to that, “The Steamrolla” scored three-straight first-round knockouts of Genaro Valdez, Ottman Azaitar, and Drew Dober. Frevola has campaigned for a fight on the Paris card in recent months after gaining a significant amount of French fans on social media after the loss to Saint Denis.

Ziam, 27, is enjoying his best UFC run. The Algerian-French fighter has won three in a row, most recently a split decision over Claudio Puelles at UFC Fight Night 237 in February.

With the addition, the UFC Paris lineup includes:

  • Renato Moicano vs. Benoit Saint Denis
  • Joanderson Brito vs. William Gomis
  • Germaine de Randamie vs. Nora Cornolle
  • Ailin Perez vs. Darya Zheleznyakova
  • Matt Frevola vs. Fares Ziam

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