Every of the 5 bouts options both a promising regional expertise wanting to make use of this chance as a springboard to competing within the Octagon for the primary time or an athlete who has already had a cup of espresso within the huge leagues and is keen to point out they’re prepared for a extra prolonged keep the second time round.
There are not any ensures heading into these contests both – this isn’t a “win and also you’re in” state of affairs the place victory mechanically punches your ticket to the UFC. This can be a probability for these 10 rivals to face out from the gang of hopefuls competing every week across the nation trying to acquire sufficient victories or win in such devastating trend that it catches the attention of the UFC brass.
This can be a probability for every of those 10 rivals to point out up and present out and it ought to be one hell of a present.
Right here’s a take a look at this week’s matchups.
How’s this for a fundamental occasion on the inaugural episode of Dana White’s Tuesday Night time Contenders Collection – a battle between a pair of champions from excellent regional promotions, each of whom have in depth expertise and established monitor data towards excellent competitors.
Holobaugh is the Titan FC light-weight champion, having claimed the title in Might with a fourth-spherical technical knockout victory of Gesias Cavalcante, a triumph that prolonged his profitable streak to 3. The 30-yr-previous Louisiana native dropped a choice to Pat Healy on brief discover underneath the Strikeforce banner earlier than struggling a submission defeat by the hands of Steven Siler in his lone Octagon look so far. However, since then, Holobaugh has posted an eight-2 mark with wins over veterans Eric Marriott and Lloyd Woodard, former UFC fighter Yosdenis Cedeno and present UFC light-weight Desmond Inexperienced.
A staple on the East Coast, Connecticut’s Bessette is the CES MMA featherweight champion, claiming the title in August 2016 and accumulating a pair of profitable title defenses over Kevin Croom and Rey Trujillo to provide him seven straight victories heading into this one, all coming by means of stoppage. The 32-yr-previous seems to be in a groove and hopes to hold that over into his showdown with Holobaugh on Tuesday night time.
Like Bessette, Rebello is an East Coast standout that has made a reputation for himself underneath the CES MMA banner. A local of Rhode Island and a Group Sityodtong consultant, Rebello is 6-1 over his final seven fights together with his lone setback coming in a champion conflict with Ashley Gooch.
Anyanwu has been plying his commerce somewhat additional down the coast from his opponent on Tuesday night time, placing in work and profitable the heavyweight title with Cage Preventing Fury Championships, the New Jersey-based mostly promotion that has graduated a number of expertise to the UFC, together with Jim Miller, Aljamain Sterling and extra just lately Jared “Flash” Gordon, who picked up a second-spherical stoppage win in his debut in Oklahoma Metropolis.
Each are on tidy profitable streaks and have a penchant for placing their opponents away. With White wanting on and gifted heavyweights all the time briefly provide, this can be a super probability for each Rebello and Anyanwu to make an impression and probably earn an opportunity to compete within the Octagon within the not too distant future.
Bantamweight has turn into one of the crucial aggressive and persistently entertaining divisions within the UFC over the previous few years. The identical has held true on the regional circuit as nicely, and these are two of the division’s best representatives of that.
An unbeaten fighter with super peak for the division, Turcios enters with eight straight victories as knowledgeable after accumulating 4 wins as an newbie. Initially from Houston, the 24-yr-previous prospect now resides in Sacramento and trains with the elite crew at Workforce Alpha Male.
Although he not carries an ideal report, Salmon nonetheless carries a ton of hype because the Waianae, Hawaii native earned 5 straight victories in RFA (Resurrection Preventing Alliance) earlier than popping out on the incorrect aspect of a cut up choice end in his final look. With 4 stoppage victories and a burning want to get again within the win column whereas making a stellar first impression, don’t be stunned if “Growth Growth” comes out weapons blazing on this one.
Sporting the “Child Dynamite” sobriquet Sports activities Illustrated bestowed upon Mike Tyson on a canopy story when the famed knockout artist took the heavyweight division by storm, Byrd enters Tuesday’s contest with wins in six of his final eight appearances, together with a primary-spherical technical knockout win over Evan Thompson, the little brother of UFC welterweight standout Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
The Dallas-based mostly middleweight was initially scheduled to face Justin Jones, however the two-time Octagon entrant was pressured to withdraw, opening the door for North Carolina’s Pickett.
A professional since 2011, Pickett stumbled out of the gate, dropping two of his first three appearances, however as an alternative of getting discouraged, he obtained additional motivated and continued to press on. In his six fights since, he’s gone an ideal 6-zero with 5 stoppages. After lacking out on a pair alternatives earlier within the yr as a result of circumstances out of his management, Pickett now will get the prospect to make a primary impression on this brief discover alternative of a lifetime.
An thrilling conflict within the flyweight division will get the motion began on Tuesday night time as Sanchez appears to earn a second alternative to compete on the most important stage within the sport whereas Vazquez goals to show he deserves to check himself towards one of the best assortment of one hundred twenty five-pound rivals on the planet.
Six straight wins capped by a second-spherical stoppage victory over grizzled vet Antonio Banuelos earned Sanchez a late-discover name to the Octagon towards Wilson Reis in August 2014. After battling onerous however arising brief towards the eventual title challenger, Sanchez collected a cut up determination win over Tateki Matsuda, however was launched by the promotion following a knockout loss to Geane Herrera on the shut of 2015. With a pair of victories in as many fights since his final Octagon look, the now 26-yr-previous Workforce Jackson Wink product hopes to benefit from his second probability to make an enduring impression on Dana White and firm.
Although he’s simply 23 and has been knowledgeable for lower than 4 years, Vazquez has already established himself as one of many prime flyweight prospects in North America, amassing an eleven-2 document that features a first-spherical submission win over present UFC bantamweight Ricardo Ramos. After failing in his bid to say the Legacy Preventing Alliance bantamweight title a yr in the past, Vazquez has rebounded with consecutive victories and goals to maintain that streak rolling as he steps in towards Sanchez.
Episode 1 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night time Contenders Collection airs reside and solely on UFC FIGHT PASS on Tuesday, July eleven at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.