Saturday night time, a number of proud representatives of the Empire State will cross the edge into the eight-sided proving floor in an area the place guys named Bossy, Trottier, Potvin and Smith turned the cornerstones of an NHL dynasty.
Whereas a number of acquainted names on the primary card will probably be trying to thrill the hometown followers, there are some preliminary card skills to regulate as nicely.
That is the Lengthy Island Version of On the Rise.
After racking up seven straight victories on the East Coast regional scene, the Bronx-based mostly featherweight has blown into the UFC and brought about a storm, choosing up the place he left off beneath the CFFC banner with a pair of spectacular victories in his first two appearances within the UFC cage.
Whereas his debut win over Tiago Trator provided bits and items of what Burgos brings to the desk, his sophomore effort reverse Charles Rosa at UFC 210 showcased “Hurricane Shane” at his greatest. The 26-yr-previous discovered his rhythm early and spent the primary 10 minutes styling on the sturdy American Prime Workforce product. Two minutes into the third, Burgos put Rosa away, pushing his report to 9-zero and elevating his standing within the deep featherweight expertise pool.
The Group Tiger Schulmann rep will get one other New York task right here, nevertheless it’s a step up in competitors as he squares off with unpredictable Brazilian veteran Godofredo Pepey, who has collected a victory in 4 of his final 5 journeys into the Octagon. If Burgos can maintain his unbeaten document intact and put up one other spectacular efficiency, he’ll hit the ultimate 5 months of the yr on fairly a roll and able to make critical headway within the one hundred forty five-pound ranks.
Final summer time, Kennedy made his Octagon debut at residence, striding out to the cage within the opening bout of the night in Vancouver to a heat reception. Over quarter-hour, the native standout was capable of get the higher of Alessandro Ricci, including a ninth slash to the tattooed tally of victories that adorns his rib cage.
For his second struggle within the massive leagues, the Revolution Martial Arts product performed the position of the “street staff,” venturing to Fortaleza, Brazil to tackle hometown favourite Rony Jason in his yard. Although he took a pair heavy photographs from the previous TUF Brazil winner, Kennedy was capable of climate the storm, use his grappling and safe a second consecutive UFC victory to increase his profitable streak to 10.
Huge for the division and nonetheless including to his general recreation, the 24-yr-previous Kennedy is in no rush to climb the rankings, preferring as an alternative to proceed engaged on his craft and enhancing between every battle. Provided that he’s already notched a pair of robust performances and knocked off a revered veteran in his personal yard, the Canadian upstart might discover himself dealing with ranked opposition prior to anticipated if he retains including new ink to his stomach each 4 to 6 months.
Albini makes his UFC debut driving a 9-struggle profitable streak that features seven stoppage victories. The 26-yr-previous is an intriguing new addition to a heavyweight division that’s all the time in want of recent, younger expertise.
Graduating to the UFC does include a critical step up in competitors although, as after battling principally overmatched opponents underneath the Aspera FC banner in Brazil, “Child” will share the cage on Saturday with double-robust veteran Timothy Johnson, who has posted a three-2 document by way of his first 5 journeys into the Octgaon.
Squaring up with the North Dakota native is an incredible litmus check for Albini, who will instantly study the place he matches within the heavyweight ecosystem as soon as his debut is over. There aren’t many divisions the place you’ll be able to stroll in and instantly get a win over a Prime 15 opponent, however that’s the chance earlier than the Brazilian this weekend.
Can he benefit from it? Tune in Saturday to seek out out.