Final Preventing Championship (UFC) will invade Wells Fargo Heart in Philadelphia, Pa., TONIGHT (Sat., March 30, 2019) to stage UFC on ESPN 2, which includes a Light-weight showdown between Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje, whereas the co-main occasion will see David Department face Jack Hermansson in Middleweight motion.
Barboza and Gaethje are two of essentially the most thrilling fighters in combined martial arts arts (MMA), no matter weight class. So if you put these two flamable components into the cage collectively, an explosion of thrilling violence is certain to be the end result. Barboza has been plugging away for fairly some time now, and proper when he’s on the cusp of maybe stepping into title competition, he suffers a loss … regardless of placing on an thrilling efficiency doing it. That mentioned, “Junior,” I’m positive, is uninterested in taking part in the bridesmaid so a win over Gaethje may assist him inch nearer to his first-ever shot UFC title shot. This shall be struggle No. 21 for Barboza underneath the UFC banner, so the time to make a run is now.
So far as Gaethje is anxious, he is among the hardest combatants on the market and one of many hardest to place away. Positive, the one two losses of his profession are through technical knockout, however previous to that, “Spotlight” wreaked havoc to the tune of 18 violent wins in a row. Gaethje’s UFC profession has been subpar up to now, going 2-2. As thrilling a fighter as he his, it appears the previous World Collection of Preventing (WSOF) champion just isn’t too eager on risking his life anymore for smaller pay. Particularly in 5 rounds fights, which he’ll as soon as once more participate in. Nonetheless, as a lot as Gaethje desires to reel it in, will probably be simpler mentioned than achieved, as it’s merely not in his nature to take it straightforward and cruise. I totally count on an all-out putting warfare that would very nicely finish within the very first spherical as each males solely know one technique to struggle, and that’s full pace forward.
David Department’s return to the Octagon hasn’t precisely gone as he had hoped, alternating wins and losses for a good 2-2 mark. Previous to that, he was WSOF’s double champion, proving that the degrees to this recreation are very broad aside. That mentioned, Department is as harmful as they arrive, and one blow from the heavy-hitter may show disastrous for anybody of his foes.
Jack Hermansson, in the meantime, isn’t precisely a high title but contained in the Octagon, however he’s making strides to get some recognition. With two straight wins in his again pocket, a formidable victory over Department may put him on the trail to greater and higher issues. He merely wants a pleasant signature win.
I can’t complain an excessive amount of about this card. The principle occasion goes to be bananas, whereas the principle card may be very strong. Additionally, the undercard isn’t too shabby, so we needs to be in for an general nice night time of fights. When you think about UFC is beginning to stack its pay-per-view (PPV) occasions, some playing cards are left relatively weak. This wasn’t the case right here.
Unique Card Vs. Precise Card:
Jessica Aguilar stepped in for Alexa Grasso — after she was injured — to face off towards Marina Rodriguez. Pingyuan Liu was was purported to face Ray Borg, however after he was faraway from the occasion, Kyler Phillips was tagged as his substitute.
Except for Grasso coming down with an harm, Liu was pressured out of his struggle towards Borg after he suffered an harm and was in the end changed by Octagon newcomer Kyler Phillips. Phillips, in the meantime, was later changed by Casey Kenney. As for Borg, he is nonetheless combating, however he got here in heavy for the struggle and was docked 30 % of his purse.
Undefeated (6-Zero) Sabina Mazo will deliver her skills to UFC’s girls’s Flyweight division when she faces off towards veteran Maryna Moroz. At simply 22 years of age, Mazo gained the Flyweight strap for LFA earlier than getting the decision up. Don’t be shocked should you see this up-and-coming star make a splash contained in the Octagon relatively swiftly. Certainly, a win over a long-time veteran like Moroz may put everybody on discover.
The Gentle Heavyweight division will get one other good addition with the arrival of Kennedy Nzechukwu. The towering 205-pounder got here up through “Contender Collection,” holding 4 knockouts of his six victories. In fact, he’s nonetheless very inexperienced, so he may have his work reduce out for him in a really crowded division that also sees Jon Jones reigning and desperate to take out all the up-and-coming crop. His first check is Paul Craig, a person who may be very able to spoiling Kennedy’s debut relatively violently.
LFA double champ Casey Kenney bought the decision as much as the large present to face off towards Ray Borg after Kyler Phillips was pressured out. Kenney wanted greater than a run on “Contender Collection” to get to UFC’s cage, and now that he’s right here, he seems to be to make a splash towards a recognizable title.
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How The ‘Prelims’ Look:
Lengthy-time MMA veteran Ross Pearson remains to be going at it and can participate in UFC struggle No. 26 when he faces off towards Desmond Inexperienced. Pearson is a type of guys who merely couldn’t make it to the highest of the mountain. And that’s okay, as he made an important dwelling for himself competing for thus lengthy contained in the Octagon and placed on some memorable performances. To that finish, I’m positive Inexperienced would love nothing greater than to catapult himself up with a win over “Actual Deal.” Nonetheless, if Inexperienced thinks he will roll proper over the ageing veteran, he is bought one other factor coming.
Aguilar hasn’t fairly loved the success she did whereas with WSOF, going simply 1-Three contained in the Octagon. If she will be able to’t get a win over Marina Rodriguez, don’t be too shocked to see “Jag” combating elsewhere transferring ahead. She has the abilities to be harmful, however Aguilar simply can’t appear to seek out her groove contained in the Octagon for no matter purpose.
Borg hasn’t competed since 2017, shedding to former UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. It actually has been one factor or one other for Borg, who was caught within the crossfire of Conor McGregor’s mood tantrum in Brooklyn. Except for accidents setting him again, Borg additionally took a while to be by his son’s aspect after he underwent a number of mind surgical procedures. Now, Borg will look to choose up his first win in 1.5 years towards newcomer Casey Kenney.
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Who Wants A Win Badly:
Moroz has dropped her final two fights, shedding to Angela Hill and Carla Esparza. Her bounce again struggle isn’t precisely a simple one, though she shall be dealing with a newcomer. Certainly, Mazo is able to handing Moroz her third straight defeat, which gained’t sit too nicely with the UFC higher-ups when it comes time to skinny the heard. To be protected, Moroz wants an enormous win later this night.
Curiosity Stage: 7/10
It’s really a fairly respectable providing for UFC’s second present on large ESPN. Except for the main- and co-main occasions, the principle card boasts a lineup that would present fireworks. Michelle Waterson will search for her third straight victory when she faces off towards former title contender, Karolina Kowalkiewicz. “Karate Hottie” has had her fair proportion of promotional love from UFC (instance right here), however she hasn’t fairly gotten over the hump in the case of title competition. A win over Kowalkiewicz ought to do the trick and set her up properly to face off towards the winner of Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade.
Kowalkiewicz, in the meantime, has gotten a style of an enormous title struggle towards former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, so you recognize she’s itching to get again to the large dance. Whereas it can take greater than a win over Waterson to get her there, it’s nonetheless an excellent begin for her. Dropping to “Karate Hottie, although, may set her again fairly a bit.
Additionally, Josh Emmett will look to bounce again after his knockout defeat to Jeremy Stephens when he faces long-time UFC veteran Michael Johnson. “The Menace” has gained two straight and is trying to make it three in a row for the primary time in a very long time. Regardless of going underneath the radar in his previous couple of bouts, Johnson remains to be a succesful fighter and could be a high star in UFC, he simply must preserve hitting them out of the park as soon as he will get contained in the cage. Taking out Emmett is an effective step ahead.
All of it involves a conclusion when Barboza and Gaethje collide in what may very nicely change into a “Struggle of the 12 months” candidate.
Benefit from the fights!
UFC on ESPN 2 Full Struggle Card:
UFC on ESPN 2 Essential Occasion:
155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje
UFC on ESPN 2 Essential Card on ESPN (7 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: David Department vs. Jack Hermansson
145 lbs.: Josh Emmett vs. Michael Johnson
115 lbs.: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Michelle Waterson
205 lbs.: Paul Craig vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
145 lbs.: Sheymon Moraes vs. Sodiq Yusuff
UFC on ESPN 2 Prelims on ESPN (5 p.m. ET):
115 lbs.: Jessica Aguilar vs. Marina Rodriguez
155 lbs.: Desmond Inexperienced vs. Ross Pearson
145 lbs.: Kevin Aguilar vs. Enrique Barzola
185 lbs.: Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert
UFC on ESPN 2 Prelims on ESPN+ (Three:30 p.m. ET):
135 lbs.: Ray Borg vs Kasey Kenny
125 lbs.: Maryna Moroz vs. Sabina Mazo
135 lbs.: Mark De La Rosa vs. Alex Perez
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