Capped by a welterweight conflict between Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio, with hometown favourite Joanne Calderwood squaring off with surging upstart (and OTR alum) Cynthia Calvillo within the penfinal pairing, Sunday’s present carries some battles with quick divisional significance, however it’s largely an opportunity to get a primary, second or third learn on a handful of up and comers.
Right here’s a take a look at three rivals to regulate this weekend in Scotland.
That is On the Rise: Glasgow Version.
An unbeaten novice run and 4 straight victories to start his professional profession made Rountree one of the crucial hyped prospects within the sport heading into his time on Season 23 of The Final Fighter. Although he finally superior to the finals, the Syndicate MMA staple was dealt with by Andrew Sanchez and handed his first defeat after which acquired tapped out by Tyson Pedro in his sophomore look within the UFC cage.
Within the span of a yr, he went from undefeated and pegged for giant issues to having his again towards the wall after again-to-again losses.
However Rountree stays somebody to observe within the mild heavyweight division and a piece in progress with apparent upside, a few of which he confirmed in February when he walked into the Octagon and rolled by means of Daniel Jolly in fifty two seconds to gather his first UFC win. The 27-yr-previous Las Vegas resident has damaging energy, a demonstrated imply streak (within the cage) and good ending instincts, and as he continues to realize expertise, Rountree has the potential to develop right into a harmful member of the 205-pound ranks.
“Massive Fairly” lastly will get the prospect to make his UFC debut this coming weekend when he squares off with fellow neophyte James Mulheron.
The 29-yr-previous trains alongside a number of standout skills at AKA in San Jose and has much more velocity and athleticism than you may anticipate from somebody of his stature, utilizing the bodily presents that allowed him to play school soccer to make the transition into combined martial arts.
After struggling a loss in his skilled debut, Willis has rattled off 4 straight victories, the newest of these being a second-spherical technical knockout win just a little over a yr in the past. Now he’s poised to enter the Octagon for the primary time and with the heavyweight division all the time in want of latest names and recent expertise, a robust debut displaying, coupled together with his athletic pedigree, might land Willis a spot within the quick lane to the Prime 15 going ahead.
A late addition to this weekend’s struggle card, Sweden’s Teymur joins his brother David on the UFC roster and faces off with fellow newcomer Danny Henry in Sunday’s opening contest.
Preventing out of the Allstars Coaching Middle in Stockholm and sporting an ideal 6-zero document, Teymur is an intriguing new addition who ought to garner extra consideration heading into his promotional debut because of his child brother’s present run of success contained in the Octagon. Truthful or not, with David going three-zero to start his UFC tenure and coming off a Struggle of the Night time win over Lando Vannata at UFC 209, the bar can be set somewhat larger for Daniel as he steps into the UFC cage for the primary time.
The 29-yr-previous has a robust Muay Thai base and good energy whereas exhibiting the identical willingness to tuck his chin and commerce photographs, assured he’ll get the higher of his opponent, that has garnered the youthful of the preventing Teymur boys on the spot affection from the hardcore set. Serving because the opening bout of the night, don’t be stunned if Teymur hits the cage eager on beginning issues off with a bang this weekend in Scotland.