Jake Hadley

White Kong

England

Opponent switched for debut
FlyweightUFC
January 14, 2022
Hadley will now take on Allan Nascimento for his UFC debut on March 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Hadley was previously scheduled to meet Francisco Figueiredo on that date, but Figueiredo was forced to withdraw for undisclosed reasons. Nascimento stepped in as the replacement and will be looking for his first UFC win after dropping a split decision to Tagir Ulanbekov in his debut in October.
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Debut coming in March
FlyweightUFC
December 3, 2021
Hadley will make his UFC debut against Francisco Figueiredo on March 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Hadley earned a UFC contract with his second-round submission win over Mitch Raposo in the Contender Series in October. That result improved his professional record to 8-0. His opponent, Figueiredo, has a win and a loss thus far in his UFC career, most recently dropping a unanimous decision against Malcolm Gordon in July.
Gets contract despite weight miss
FlyweightUFC
October 13, 2021
Hadley defeated Mitch Raposo via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:11 of Round 2 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. After the show, he was one of three fighters to be awarded an official UFC contract.
ANALYSIS
Hadley no doubt has the skills to compete in the UFC flyweight division, as he outclassed his opponent both on the ground and on the feet, looking every bit the part of a (-290) betting favorite. The problem here is that he missed weight by a pound, which is almost always a death sentence in terms of getting a contract via DWCS. It also seems like there were other issues out of the Octagon, as Hadley seemingly had some problems with UFC staff during the week. According to Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca, the decision to sign the 25-year-old resulted in UFC matchmakers storming out of the arena. When the cameras were on, however, Hadley appeared humble, emotional and apologetic. He'll hope to prove White right by making an immediate impact in the flyweight division.