Fight By Fight Preview | UFC 279: Before MMA turned into my fixation (and vocation), 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, at last worked in, and followed eagerly. My sibling was much more dug in than me, chasing after a vocation as a host and correspondent for a long time, as well as working involved for different coaches.
Furthermore, due to those encounters and those brain joins, I can’t resist the urge to make horse racing similarities all time, regardless of whether they seem OK to any other person.
For instance: last end of the week’s occasion in Paris was, as far as I might be concerned, what could be compared to the ponies emerging from the backstretch and hitting that huge, clearing turn that conveys them to the highest point of the stretch — the arrangement to the large, last push to the end goal.
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While the stretch drive is the most energizing, sharp spectators 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 evidently affect how things line up heading into the following year.
Here is a more intensive gander at the center leg of the UFC’s three-week push towards the last leg.
This is the UFC 279 Fight-By-Fight Preview.
*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 unrehearsed first gathering with Conor McGregor at UFC 196. He’s dropped every one of his last two excursions however displayed in the last moment of his UFC 263 conflict with shiny new welterweight champ Leon Edwards that he’s generally equipped for making a splash in the event 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 The Ultimate Fighter. A long-term title competitor and previous break lightweight hero, “El Cucuy” has dropped four straight subsequent to storing up a great 12-battle series of wins, and hope
s to switch course with a move up in weight this end of the week.
*Because of weight the executives issues with Khamzat Chimaev, Tony Ferguson steps in to supplant the third-positioned welterweight in the headliner.
*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-Mobile Arena.
Undefeated in 11 expert beginnings and entering off a vital consistent choice win over Gilbert Burns in April, Chimaev currently gets the chance to feature an occasion and possibly contend more than five rounds interestingly. In the wake of raging through the opposition in his initial four UFC tasks, the battle with Burns at UFC 273 demonstrated he was mortal, yet in addition that he could explore his direction through a tiresome, volatile issue.
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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 evacuate 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 “Loud 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 board issues, Khamzat Chimaev will currently confront Kevin Holland in a five-round catchweight (180) co-headliner.
*Li Jingliang versus Daniel Rodriguez
Li Jingliang of China responds after his knockout triumph over Santiago Ponzinibbio of Argentina in a welterweight session during the UFC Fight Night occasion at Etihad Arena on UFC F
ight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photograph by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Chinese sturdy Li Jingliang hopes to expand on his Performance of the Night-winning exertion in July by conflicting with a prevailing finisher in Daniel Rodriguez, who will be hoping to break into the welterweight division’s Top 15 himself.
An installation in the Top 15 throughout the previous quite a while, “The Leech” 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 Long 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 proposes 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-Rod” hopped into a short-notice task inverse Kevin Lee, dropped the initial round, and afterward revitalized, procuring a consistent choice triumph to additional concrete his position right external the Top 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 disorder, 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) session.
Irene Aldana versus Macy Chiasson
The fundamental card rolls on with a significant matchup in the bantamweight division, as Irene Aldana goes head to head with previous TUF champ Macy Chiasson.
The 34-year-old Aldana returns interestingly since enrolling a first-round stoppage prevail upon Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 264, in a session where she missed load by an impressive edge. Yet again she’s 3-1 in her last four trips, including a first-round knockout of Ketlen Vieira, and feels on the slope of presenting her name for title thought.
In light of everything, Chiasson has had a really run of the mill go of things since winning the featherweight rivalry on Season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter. She’s procured five successes in seven beginnings, staggering against more prepared resistance, however ceaselessly shows upgrades, as you would expect to see from somebody that is a little while ago 11 battles into their profession.
Things at the highest point of the bantamweight division are still somewhat questionable 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-Mobile Arena.
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 gigantic grin, an irregular methodology, and evident power. From that point forward, notwithstanding, it’s been an extreme 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 professing 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 hardly comprehend what sort of mayhem 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 entirely arrived. A five-battle series of wins subsequent to dropping his limited time debut brought him close, yet 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 “happy go lucky” stories in the UFC over the most recent few years.
An individual from Team Faber on Season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter, 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 Contender 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