Fight booking wire (April 12-18): Newcomer Dakota Bush steps in at UFC on ESPN 22

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MMA fight announcements are hard to follow. With so many outlets and channels available, it’s nearly impossible to organize.

But here at MMA Junkie, we’ve got you covered.

Each week, we’ll compile all the new fight bookings right here – in one spot. Worried you missed a UFC or Bellator matchup, a playoff pairing for the PFL, or a title fight scheduled for ONE or LFA?

Our fight booking wire will keep tabs on it all and will update any time we’ve got new matchups – so you’ll want to come back throughout the week to see the latest.

Here are fight announcements that have been broken or confirmed by MMA Junkie for this week, April 12-18:

UFC adds Josh Culibao vs. Yilan Sha to May 22 card

[autotag]Josh Culibao[/autotag] (8-1-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) will be in search of his first octagon win when he meets newcomer [autotag]Yilan Sha[/autotag] (19-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night 188 on May 22. – Confirmed by Farah Hannoun, April 12 (first reported by MMA Fighting)

Eduard Folayang replaces Sage Northcutt, meets Shinya Aoki at ONE on TNT IV

[autotag]Sage Northcutt[/autotag] has been forced out of ONE on TNT IV due to lingering COVID-19 issues and [autotag]Eduard Folayang[/autotag] (22-10) will step in to face [autotag]Shinya Aoki[/autotag] (46-9) on April 28 in what will be a trilogy bout. The pair have split their first two appearances with Folayang besting Aoki in 2016 and Aoki exacting his revenge in 2019. – Announced by ONE Championship, April 12 (first reported by ESPN)

With Natan Levy out, Austin Hubbard welcomes newcomer Dakota Bush at UFC on ESPN 22

[autotag]Natan Levy[/autotag] has been forced out of UFC on ESPN 22 due to injury and [autotag]Dakota Bush[/autotag] (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in on short notice to face [autotag]Austin Hubbard[/autotag] (12-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) on April 17. – Confirmed by both fighters on social media, April 12 (first reported by Hubbard)

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