Jumabieke Tuerxun returns to Bantamweight, faces Leandro Issa at TUF 19 Finale in Las Vegas

A Bantamweight clash between Jumabieke Tuerxun and Leandro Issa is now set for next months “TUF 19 Finale” in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sources close to the situation confirmed the match-up with Fight Sport Asia in the early hours of Friday morning.

Jumabieke Tuerxun (14-1) began his Mixed Martial Arts career back in February of 2009, following a successful background in Sanda. The Xian Sports affiliate went on to gain notoriety competing on the Asian MMA scene for likes of Legend FC & RUFF.

After running through competition without much difficulty, Jumabieke signed with the UFC and made his promotional debut (UFC Fight Night: Kim vs. Hathaway) against fellow newcomer Mark Eddiva earlier this year.

Tuerxun, 28, went on to lose the first professional bout of his career, after moving up to the Featherweight division. Now with his second fight looming, Tuerxun drops back down to the 135-lb weight class, where he aims to get that first Octagon win.

Leandro Issa (11-4), who much like his opponent made his rounds competing on the Asian MMA scene for most notably Singapore-based promotion ONE FC.

Following a 3-1 run which included a title shot under the respected ONE FC banner. Leandro signed with the UFC in November of last year. The Evolve MMA product faced off against Russell Doane at “UFC Fight Night 34: Saffiedine vs. Lim” in Singapore.

Issa, 30, went on to lose his promotional debut after an entertaining contest, that ended up seeing the Brazilian native choked out unconscious with just one second left on the clock in the second round.

Now, like his upcoming opponent, Leandro Issa sets his sights on that first win under the bright lights of the UFC at next months “TUF 19 Finale” in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ultimate Fighting Championship, 7/6/14
“The Ultimate Fighter Finale 19”
Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas, Nevada

Featherweight Bout
Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn

Flyweight Bout
Justin Scoggins vs. Dustin Ortiz

Lightweight Bout
Kevin Lee vs. Jesse Ronson

Heavyweight Bout
Derrick Lewis vs. Guto Inocente

Bantamweight Bout
Sarah Moras vs. Alexis Dufresne

Light Heavyweight Bout
Robert Drysdale vs. Keith Berish

Bantamweight Bout
Jumabieke Tuerxun vs. Leandro Issa

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