Just 9 days away, the UFC has thrown in a Bantamweight matchup to spice things up with KO artist Jesse Strader taking on Montel Jackson in his UFC debut on March 20th, sources tell MMA Island.

The bout will look to the be one of the first of the night, kicking off UFC on ESPN 21: Brunson vs Holland in style.

UFC newcomer Jesse Strader will be making the walk to the Octagon hosting a record of 5 wins and 1 loss. He is coming off back-to-back KO wins over Michael Jackson and Isaiah Batin-Gonzales at Combate which led to his short-notice signing with the UFC.

Stay Ready.

With only about a week’s notice, it seems like Strader was itching to get back in the cage, staying ready at all times. ‘Sui generis’ will look to leave a unique and lasting impression on the UFC’s bantamweight division.

 “I want to thank my management team, @upgrademg , for always making things happen.” said Strader on his Instagram. “I want to thank the sponsors who have helped me pursue this career full time. I look forward to this new beginning with the @ufc and getting the opportunity to perform on this world stage and the opportunity to make new supporters along the way!”

“Thank you all! Now let’s go get this victory!”

The 29-year old will step inside the cage for the first time since 2019. In his layoff, Strader has been spending time training and managing American rapper Aaron Carter for his celebrity boxing match against NBA legend, Lamar Odom.

His opponent across the cage from him will be Montel Jackson. Jackson earned his contract from season 2 of Dana White’s Contender Series back in 2018. He is coming off a closely-contested loss to Brett Johns last summer on the sands of Fight Island. The UFC veteran will look to get back in the win column in his 6th UFC appearance.

Montel Jackson turns the tables on Brett Johns - ESPN Video
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Anytime. Anywhere.

The UFC decided throw this curveball last second, but it turned out to be a home run. “Quik” was fast to accept the offer to take on the UFC debutant on just a weeks time.

Montel Jackson has yet to comment on the fight news.

Should no fights be canceled next weekend, UFC Fight Night: Holland vs Brunson will continue now with a line-up of 13 bouts, as Jackson vs. Strader fills in the last piece of the puzzle.

By Chris De Santiago

Founder of MMA Island, journalist at LowKick MMA and MiddleEasy, formerly Asian Persuasion MMA.

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