Jack Shore has decided to move up a weight class and will make his featherweight debut at UFC 286. 'Tank' will take on Makwan Amirkhani at the PPV event which is scheduled to take place on March 18th at the O2 Arena in London, England.
The decision comes after Shore suffered the first loss of his professional MMA career on July 16, 2022. The 27-year-old went up against Ricky Simon that night and lost the fight via an arm-triangle choke in the second round.
Amirkhani, on the other hand, is going through a rough patch in the UFC. 'Mr. Finland' has lost four out of his last five fights and will be hoping to turn things around at UFC 286.
The UFC 286 card appears to be stacked with some intriguing matchups. The event will be headlined by a trilogy bout between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title. Both athletes have one win against each other and will be looking to put their rivalry to rest in March.
The co-main event will feature an exciting lightweight scrap between Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev. The fight is sure to deliver fireworks and could be an early contender for 'Fight of the Year.'
Apart from that, some exciting fights in the form of Marvin Vettori vs. Roman Dolidze, Nathaniel Wood vs. Lerone Murphy, and Gunnar Nelson vs. Daniel Rodriguez are also set to take place on the UFC 286 card.
Jack Shore reveals his plan for 2023
Jack Shore is ready for his new journey in the UFC's featherweight division. In a recent interview with VMTV, Shore said that he was feeling better than ever heading into 2023 and had fallen back in love with fighting.
“I’m feeling fitter & stronger than ever heading in 2023, I’ve had a much needed rest to sort some injuries and more importantly I’m back in love with training and fighting again. Line them up at 145 because we’re coming out firing this year,” said Jack Shore.
Prior to his loss to Simon, Jack Shore was having a successful run in the UFC. 'Tank' had won his first five fights in the promotion with two of the victories coming via submission.
It will be interesting to see how he fares in his featherweight debut against an experienced fighter like Amirkhani.