Battle Fight By Battle Fight Preview, UFC 279.
Before MMA turned into my fixation (and profession), I invested a lot of energy at the horse races, both pure breed and standardbred, which is "the one with the folks in the little trucks behind the ponies," as I frequently needed to make sense of.
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Going to and wagering on the horses was a family custom passed down for ages, and which began as a day to get tidbits and two or three races when I was very minimal transformed into something I minded an extraordinary arrangement about, ultimately worked in, and followed eagerly. My sibling was much more settled in than me, seeking after a profession as a broadcaster and correspondent for a long time, as well as working involved for different coaches.
Furthermore, as a result of those encounters and those brain joins, I can't resist the urge to make horse racing relationships all time, regardless of whether they check out to any other person.
For instance: last end of the week's occasion in Paris was, for my purposes, what might be compared to the ponies emerging from the backstretch and hitting that large, clearing turn that conveys them to the highest point of the stretch — the arrangement to the huge, last push to the end goal.
While the stretch drive is the most energizing, sharp onlookers realize that races are won and lost in that last turn. As far as the UFC, the September record is flush with basic matchups for various divisions, and what happened last end of the week, and what happens this end of the week and next will certainly affect how things line up heading into the following year.
Here is a more intensive glance at the center leg of the UFC's three-week push towards the last leg.
This is the UFC 279 Battle By-Battle Review.
Nate Diaz versus Tony Ferguson.
Welterweight veteran Nate Diaz shows up hoping to play spoiler to Tony Ferguson's re-visitation of the welterweight division the same way he did in his extemporaneous first gathering with Conor McGregor at UFC 196. He's dropped every one of his last two trips however displayed in the last moment of his UFC 263 conflict with shiny new welterweight champ Leon Edwards that he's dependably fit for causing a ruckus on the off chance that you let him stay nearby sufficiently lengthy.
Ferguson gets back to the 170-pound positions interestingly since winning the welterweight rivalry on Season 13 of A definitive Warrior. A long-lasting title competitor and previous break lightweight hero, "El Cucuy" has dropped four straight in the wake of storing up a great 12-battle series of wins, and hopes to switch course with a move up in weight this end of the week.
[Because of weight the board issues with Khamzat Chimaev, Tony Ferguson steps in to supplant the third-positioned welterweight in the fundamental event.]
Khamzat Chimaev versus Kevin Holland.
Rising welterweight star Khamzat Chimaev risks his unbeaten record against a man hoping to keep on becoming well known in the welterweight division in Kevin Holland during this five-round co-headliner inside T-Portable Field.
Undefeated in 11 expert beginnings and entering off a pivotal consistent choice win over Gilbert Consumes in April, Chimaev presently gets the chance to feature an occasion and possibly contend more than five rounds interestingly. Subsequent to raging through the opposition in his initial four UFC tasks, the battle with Consumes at UFC 273 demonstrated he was mortal, yet in addition that he could explore his direction through an overwhelming, ever changing issue.
Following a breakout crusade in 2020 that saw him win five battles in seven months, Holland ran into battles in 2021, bringing about two disproportionate misfortunes and a no challenge decision in a battle with Kyle Daukaus, all of which provoked him to desert for the welterweight division. Since showing up, the 29-year-old "Pioneer" has gathered a couple of stoppage prevails upon veteran backbones Alex Oliveira and Tim Means to revive contemplations that he's a competitor really taking shape.
The man come to be known as "Motor Mouth" has an inconceivable open door on the line while getting the opportunity to offer a serious expression against Khamzat Chimaev.
[Because of weight the executives issues, Khamzat Chimaev will currently confront Kevin Holland in a five-round catchweight (180) co-headliner]
Li Jingliang versus Daniel Rodriguez.
Chinese robust Li Jingliang hopes to expand on his Presentation of the Night-winning exertion in July by conflicting with a predominant finisher in Daniel Rodriguez, who will be hoping to break into the welterweight division's Main 15 himself.
An installation in the Main 15 throughout the previous quite a while, "The Parasite" bounced back from his uneven experience with Chimaev at UFC 267 by enlisting a second-round stoppage prevail upon Muslim Salikhov in mid-July on Lengthy Island. The 34-year-old has assembled areas of strength for a throughout the long term, participate in Saturday's challenge with a 11-5 imprint inside the Octagon, with his best wins coming in his latest triumphs, which recommends he's in excellent condition heading into this one.
In seven beginnings since getting called up to the UFC without prior warning, has posted a 6-1 record, entering Saturday's session with Li on a three-battle series of wins. Last break, "D-Bar" hopped into a short-notice task inverse Kevin Lee, dropped the initial round, and afterward energized, procuring a consistent choice triumph to additional concrete his position right external the Main 15.
A success for one or the other man toward the end of the week can possibly convey them into a date with a positioned rival next break. You understand what you will get from the consistently centered, consistently fresh Rodriguez, however Li reliably brings the bedlam, which makes this such a fascinating conflict in the primary card.
[The battle between Li Jingliang and Daniel Rodriguez will be challenged as a catchweight (180) bout]
Irene Aldana versus Macy Chiasson.
The primary card rolls on with a significant matchup in the bantamweight division, as Irene Aldana goes head to head with previous TUF victor Macy Chiasson.
The 34-year-old Aldana returns interestingly since enlisting a first-round stoppage prevail upon Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 264, in a session where she missed load by a significant degree. She's 3-1 in her last four trips, including a first-round knockout of Ketlen Vieira, and by and by feels on the cliff of presenting her name for title thought.
In light of everything, Chiasson has had a really ordinary go of things since winning the featherweight contest on Season 28 of A definitive Contender. She's procured five successes in seven beginnings, staggering against more prepared resistance, however constantly shows enhancements, as you would expect to see from somebody that is a little while ago 11 battles into their vocation.
Things at the highest point of the bantamweight division are still somewhat unsure right now, as nobody is very certain what will come next for double cross champion Amanda Nunes. While it very well may be somewhat of a stretch, a predominant exertion for one or the other lady in this challenge could place them in the main part of the pursuit, so hope to see the absolute best of both Aldana and Chiasson this end of the week at T-Versatile Field.
Johnny Walker versus Ion Cutelaba.
All-activity light heavyweights start off the primary card as Johnny Walker crashes into Ion Cutelaba.
A long time back, Walker was the discussion of the division — a rising star on a three-battle series of wins where every presentation was superior to the last. He was magnetic and imaginative in the enclosure, with a monstrous grin, an irregular methodology, and obvious power. From that point forward, notwithstanding, it's been an intense street for the 30-year-old Brazilian, as he's dropped two battles on one or the other side of his success over Ryan Spann, enters this one actually hoping to recover a portion of that early energy.
Has anybody had a more excited, more tumultuous 12-battle run in the UFC than Cutelaba? The 28-year-old heap of tension and energy lands at UFC 279 with a 5-6-1 record in the Octagon that incorporates different weigh-in tussles, a few minutes where he seems to be an expanding competitor, and his "I was simply claiming to be harmed" misfortune and resulting genuine knockout misfortune to Magomed Ankalaev.
Both Walker and Cutelaba are ensured energy when they contend exclusively, and I can barely comprehend what sort of turmoil will guarantee when they hit the Octagon together on Saturday night.
Hakeem Dawodu versus Julian Erosa.
Apparatuses in the featherweight division Hakeem Dawodu and Julian Erosa close out the primer record on Saturday in the thing ought to be an engaging conflict beginning to end.
Dawodu has been on the cusp of breaking into the rankings for the most recent few years, yet has never fully arrived. A five-battle series of wins in the wake of dropping his special presentation brought him close, however a misfortune to Movsar Evloev pummeled the entryway shut. He bounced back with a decent success over Michael Trizano last break, and he hopes to work off that work here against Erosa.
Erosa is one of the better "lighthearted" stories in the UFC over the most recent few years.
An individual from Group Faber on Season 22 of A definitive Contender, he won his battle at the finale, lost his next session, and was delivered by the advancement. After two years, he procured a second-round knockout win on Dana White's Competitor Series, however didn't get an agreement, just to get a short-notice get back to, which brought about three straight misfortunes and a subsequent delivery.
A third opportunity to contend on the huge stage came in the late spring of 2020 and Erosa has capitalized on it, posting a 4-1 imprint over his last five battles, including stoppage prevails upon Sean Woodson, Nate Landwehr, and Charles Jourdain.
Dawodu is a cleaned, specialized striker who likes to work clean, keep things standing, and search for openings to take advantage of, while Erosa is the inverse — a "go on feel" kind of contender who conveys his hands low, will take one to land one, and has never seen a slight open door he wasn't willing to pursue.
Jailton Almeida versus Anton Turkal.
In a session being held at a catchweight of 220 pounds, rising Brazilian Jailton Almeida and rookie Anton Turkalj get down to business in a captivating apparatus.
Almeida's newbie crusade in the UFC started in February with a light heavyweight prevail upon Danilo Marques, yet got more fascinating when he wandered up to heavyweight and raged through Parker Doorman in May, stretching out his general series of wins to 11 simultaneously. Presently he's focused on battling in the huge kid positions and gazing intently at a chance to punch his pass to the Main 15, all before the one-year commemoration of the Dana White's Competitor Series win that brought about his procuring a UFC contract.
Discussing the Competitor Series, Sweden's Turkalj didn't get an agreement when he crushed Acacio Dos Santos in Season Six' opening week in July, yet he got a choice success to stretch out his record to 8-0 with seven completions, so when Shamil Abdurakhimov was constrained out of this end of the week's session, the 26-year-old got the call. And keeping in mind that it's an extreme test no doubt, Turkalj currently has his way in with the valuable chance to kick it down at T-Versatile Field.
Denis Tiuliulin versus Jamie Pickett.
Initially planned to contend in mid-July, middleweights Denis Tiuliulin and Jamie Pickett will at last meet in the Octagon as a feature of this end of the week's primer card record.
Tiuliulin has been abandoned, in a real sense, in his initial two UFC appearances, as he lost his short-notice presentation to "The Dark Wolf," Aliaskhab Khizriev, and presently goes head to head against "The Night Wolf" on Saturday. The 34-year-old Russian, who trains at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, was 10-5 preceding his presentation misfortune, and hopes to get back to the structure that delivered four stoppage wins in five beginnings before his showing up on the UFC stage.
It took Pickett three endeavors to move on from Dana White's Competitor Series to the UFC, and three appearances before he acquired his most memorable UFC win. In the wake of gathering sequential triumphs over Laureano Staropoli and Joseph Holmes to get his record to 2-2 the Octagon, Pickett was presented by Kyle Daukaus last break, and hopes to stay away from a second continuous misfortune here.
Every one of these men needs to feel forced into a tight spot as they head into fight this end of the week, which ought to imply that we get a vivacious conflict as they work to keep up with their position in the middleweight positions on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Jake Collier versus Chris Barnett.
Heavyweights likewise possess the initial space on Saturday's broadcast prelims, as Jake Collier and Chris Barnett go head to head in what vows to be a slobberknocker however long it endures.
Collier has exchanged misfortunes and wins all through the whole of his UFC vocation, conveying a 5-6 imprint into UFC 279 subsequent to dropping a discussed split choice to Andrei Arlovski last break. The previous middleweight and light heavyweight has shown streaks since getting back from an almost three-year break and hopes to assemble things with more consistency beginning with this battle on Saturday night.
A long-lasting #1 of bad-to-the-bone fans, Barnett at long last had the opportunity to contend in the UFC interestingly the previous spring, losing by accommodation to Ben Rothwell. He bounced back with a huge appearance against Gian Villante at Madison Square Nursery.
He dropped his last excursion to Martin Buday and, similar to Collier, means to start advancing more predictable outcomes with a re-visitation of the success segment here.
Norma Dumont versus Danyelle Wolf.
In the wake of having her three-battle series of wins snapped last break, Norma Dumont hopes to get once again into the success segment as she gets down to business with appearing previous novice boxing champion Danyelle Wolf.
The 31-year-old Brazilian dropped her limited time presentation to Megan Anderson in February 2020, however at that point ran through triumphs over Ashlee Evans-Smith, Felicia Spencer, and Aspen Ladd to gather a few force as a potential arising competitor in both the bantamweight and featherweight divisions. Yet, she missed load for a featherweight task against Chiasson last break and afterward dropped a split choice on battle night, leaving her needing a bounce back this end of the week.
Wolf had Olympic boxing yearnings, however changed to blended combative techniques when her weight class wasn't added to the record in back to back Olympics. The three-time US Public Boxing Titles victor crushed ebb and flow Invicta FC bantamweight champ Taneisha Tennant by consistent choice two seasons prior on Dana White's Competitor Series to acquire her UFC contract, lastly makes the stroll interestingly this end of the week.
This is a basic battle for Dumont and a first glance at Wolf on the greatest stage almost two years after she punched her pass to the Octagon. What happens next is anyone's guess concerning the way in which this one works out, and that is the very thing that makes it so fascinating.
Chad Anheliger versus Alatangheili.
Bantamweights Chad Angeliger and Alatangheili conflict on the early prelims in what ought to be a super cutthroat, exceptionally engaging fight between two veteran contenders.
Anheliger took a long, winding, troublesome street to the UFC, cobbling together an eight-battle series of wins following a 2-5 beginning to his vocation to land an open door on Dana White's Competitor Series. A hard-battled prevail upon exceptionally respected Muin Gafurov brought about a shot to contend in the Octagon, and the Alberta local capitalized on it, gathering a third-round stoppage prevail upon Jesse Strader in his limited time debut in February.
Five battles into his UFC residency, Mongolia's Alatangheili is 3-1-1 and falling off his most noteworthy execution to date — a first-round knockout win over Kevin Croom in April. The 30-year-old logged a ton of appearances right off the bat in his vocation and like Anheliger, was burdened with a not exactly rousing record at various places, however he's gone 11-2-2 over his last 15 battles and seems to find his sweet spot inside the Octagon.
This ought to be loads of tomfoolery, as Anheliger is a sly veteran playing with house cash at this phase of his vocation, and "The Mongolian Knight" is a force to be reckoned with for the division with plans on proceeding to climb the rankings. Get comfortable and don't miss a moment of this one on Saturday night.
Melissa Martinez versus Elise Reed.
Newbie "Super Mely," Melissa Martinez makes the stroll to the Octagon interestingly on Saturday night, getting down to business with previous CFFC champion Elise Reed.
The 25-year-old Martinez is an ideal 7-0 in her vocation with an abundance of kickboxing honors to go with her undefeated blended hand to hand fighting record. She prospered under the Combate flag, acquiring stoppage triumphs in four of her six appearances, and hopes to secure herself as somebody to give close consideration to in the strawweight division this end of the week at UFC 279.
Reed's limited time debut misfortune to Sijara Eubanks is an expendable outcome — she was battling up a division, against a warrior the most ideal to contending at bantamweight, and got beaten. From that point forward, she's parted a couple of appearances in the 115-pound weight class and hopes to recover the structure that created great successes over Jasmine Jasudavicius, Jillian DeCoursey, and Hilarie Rose before her UFC call-up.
Darian Weeks versus Yohan Lainesse.
Welterweight still looking for their underlying UFC triumph meet in Saturday's opener, as Darian Weeks goes head to head with Competitor Series alum Yohan Lainesse.
(Without prior warning) Ian Machado Garry. Initially booked to confront kickboxer Cedric Doumbe in Paris last end of the week, he moves back Stateside with the expectation that the third time is the appeal as he gets down to business with Lainesse this end of the week in Las Vegas.
Lainesse brought home the CFFC welterweight championship with a second-round stoppage prevail upon Evan Cutts the previous summer, and afterward followed it up with a first-round knockout win over Justin Burlinson before UFC President Dana White to procure his put on the program. He arrived on some unacceptable side of a stoppage last break against Gabe Green, and means to bounce back from his most memorable vocation misfortune with scurry on Saturday.