SERGIO PETTIS VS BRANDON MORENO
Saturday’s essential occasion is greatest described because the final decide ‘em struggle, as a result of you can also make a compelling case for both Sergio Pettis or Brandon Moreno to win. So what separates these two 23-yr-olds who could also be preventing for a future shot on the flyweight title? That previous standby, excessive altitude. Moreno educated for over a month in Mexico Metropolis, giving him a slight edge over Pettis, who did work in Albuquerque for a few of his camp. The place Pettis evens the rating is that he’s a really affected person fighter, so he can ease into the battle and make a surge late if the extra aggressive Moreno doesn’t finish it early. So we’re again the place we began from – a decide ‘em struggle with critical title implications. Nothing flawed with that.

RANDA MARKOS VS ALEXA GRASSO
Alexa Grasso was aggressive in her lone professional loss to veteran Felice Herrig earlier this yr, and within the course of, she discovered a worthwhile lesson. If a struggle’s going to the judges, be sure to depart no doubts that you simply gained it. Simpler stated than carried out towards somebody like Randa Markos, whose wrestling assault provides her a transparent edge over her hanging-targeted opponent. Markos is a type of fighters who finds a strategy to win, and Saturday night time we’ll see if Grasso is creating right into a competitor like that as nicely.

ALAN JOUBAN VS NIKO PRICE
The Struggle of the Night time checks might already be written out for these welterweights, as Alan Jouban and Niko Worth discover it troublesome – perhaps even unattainable – to be in a boring struggle. Worth has impressed in two UFC bouts to date, however he’s giving up numerous Octagon expertise to Jouban, who proved in his win over Mike Perry that he can take the foot off the fuel and ship a disciplined effort towards an aggressive foe if essential. Then once more, “Brahma” nonetheless has that “You hit me and I’m going to hit you again” mentality, so this chess match might flip right into a brawl on the drop of a left hook.

MARTIN BRAVO VS HUMBERTO BANDENAY
TUF Latin America winner Martin Bravo stunned some individuals together with his end of extremely-touted Claudio Puelles within the season finale final November, and now he’s the one with the goal on his again towards one other Peruvian in late alternative Humberto Bandenay. At thirteen-four, 1 NC, Bandenay doesn’t have the glowing good document of Bravo, however he has been coaching within the States with Group Oyama and he’s approaching this struggle with confidence that he’s going to attain the upset. Must be fascinating.

SAM ALVEY VS RASHAD EVANS
After three consecutive losses, Rashad Evans is in an identical spot to the one Chris Weidman was in a couple of weeks again when he confronted Kelvin Gastelum. And as Evans informed me just lately, he needs that Chris Weidman feeling when he takes on Sam Alvey Saturday night time. It’s a pivotal struggle for the previous mild heavyweight champion, and Alvey is a troublesome man to look good towards as a result of he has that counterpunching fashion that forces an opponent to do the chasing if there’s going to be a battle. Evans should push the tempo, keep busy, and when he’s not unleashing his proper hand, he ought to combine in some wrestling to maintain Alvey guessing. Evans has spent a while in Mexico Metropolis for this battle, so he ought to have the fuel tank to outwork Alvey, however “Smile’N Sam” has the facility to even issues up with one punch.

ALEJANDRO PEREZ VS ANDRE SOUKHAMTHATH
Unbeaten in his final three bouts however nonetheless comparatively unknown, Alejandro Perez can change that standing this weekend when he opens the FS1 major card towards hungry New England native Andre Soukhamthath, who almost gained his brief discover UFC debut towards Albert Morales however misplaced a cut up determination. With a full camp, he’s decided to get within the UFC win column at Perez’ expense.

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BRAD SCOTT VS JACK HERMANSSON
How did two European middleweights wind up in Mexico Metropolis? Who is aware of, however based mostly on their current efforts and willpower to make their means into the highest 15 at 185 kilos, Brad Scott and Jack Hermansson ought to ship an thrilling scrap for the followers.

DUSTIN ORTIZ VS HECTOR SANDOVAL
Hector Sandoval is seemingly getting higher with every battle, but when he’s going to crash the flyweight rankings, he must maintain that streak going towards Dustin Ortiz. Ortiz has had a tough go of it these days, however his resume proves that he can pull off an enormous efficiency at any time, and he’s going to be hoping that Saturday night time is a type of occasions as he appears to remain among the many prime 15.

HENRY BRIONES VS RANI YAHYA
Rani Yahya is likely one of the greatest groundfighters within the enterprise. Henry Briones likes to struggle. If these two details play out once more on Saturday, Yahya ought to decide up one other submission victory. But when Briones is affected person in his assaults and doesn’t get caught up in making an attempt to brawl, it’s an entire new battle, one which Briones has the expertise to win.

JOSE QUINONEZ VS DIEGO RIVAS
Some of the inspiring figures within the sport in the meanwhile, Diego Rivas was battling most cancers presently final yr. Tomorrow night time, he’s a prizefighter once more and trying to transfer to eight-zero towards former TUF LATAM forged mate Jose Quinonez. Or ought to we are saying 9-zero, as a result of he already knocked most cancers out? And whatever the consequence of the struggle, Rivas is already a winner.

JOSEPH MORALES VS ROBERTO SANCHEZ
Ensure you’ve acquired your UFC FIGHT PASS sub updated and able to roll, as a result of in Joseph Morales and Roberto Sanchez, you’ll be seeing two of the highest flyweight prospects on the planet making their first stroll to the Octagon. Urijah Faber has been raving about Morales for years, however Sanchez has an unbeaten report too and the bottom recreation that may put a “1” in a loss column inside seconds.

ALVARO HERRERA VS JORDAN RINALDI
Alvaro Herrera has by no means gone the space – win or lose – in his profession. That’s just about all you must find out about his struggle with Jordan Rinaldi, that he’s going to convey it early and sometimes as a way to safe victory. It’s as much as Rinaldi to reap the benefits of that aggression and switch it into his first UFC win.