With T.J. Dillashaw out of fee since of a minimize (particulars here), women’s Strawweight contenders Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson just take middle stage at UFC Vegas 26 this Saturday (May possibly 8, 2021), which will be simulcast on ESPN/ESPN+ from inside of UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The evening also features a Heavyweight tussle pitting Ben Rothwell versus Philipe Lins alongside Amanda Ribas vs. Angela Hill and what could be fireworks in between Diego Ferreira and Gregor Gillespie.
UFC Vegas 26 attributes just 5 “Prelims” at the instant, which we have broken down underneath. Care for a look?
170 lbs.: Christian Aguilera vs. Carlston Harris
Christian Aguilera (14-7) put consecutive losses to Matt Frincu and David Michaud driving him to win two 3 straight, together with a 59-second knockout of Anthony Ivy in his Octagon debut. His second energy wasn’t really as effective, as Sean Brady overpowered “The Beast” on the mat en route to a next-round submission.
Ten of his expert wins, including six of his past seven, have occur by sort of knockout.
Guyana’s Carlston Harris (15-4) — who offers wins around upcoming UFC competition Michel Pereira and Wellington Turman — set collectively a 6-1 run en route to a stint on Dana White’s “Lookin’ for a Fight.” There, he choked out 17-1 Dagestani standout Saygid Izagakhmaev to secure a spot in the Octagon.
He is the taller guy by 3 inches.
“Mocambique” may perhaps be rather one particular-note with his suffocating grappling, but it is the ideal take note to perform in opposition to Aguilera, whose weak point off of his back was on entire display in the Brady combat. Aguilera’s appreciable rewards in punching technique and electric power won’t play significantly of a factor when Harris has the gas tank and persistence to threaten with takedowns from bell to bell.
Whilst Aguilera truly only requirements a single good shot to switch any struggle about, Harris is incredibly difficult to get absent from after he manages to tie up, and I really do not see Aguilera getting the money shot for the duration of his short prospects exterior the clinch. Harris grinds him out on the fence and the ground for 15 a person-sided minutes, perhaps wrapping up Aguilera’s neck at some level.
Prediction: Harris by using unanimous choice
185 lbs.: Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jun Yong Park
Considerably less than 10 months immediately after handing “Contender Series” alumn William Knight his to start with career defeat, Tafon Nchukwi (5-) got his personal shot on the system, which he built the most of with a brutal head kick knockout of Al Matavao. Though he was compelled to make his 1st excursion to the judges, his subsequent Octagon debut proved successful as nicely, overpowering Jamie Pickett en route to a unanimous determination win.
His past 4 experienced wins and all a few of his novice victories arrived by type of knockout.
South Korean’s Jun Yong Park (12-4) noticed a seven-combat win streak arrive to an conclusion in his Octagon debut, where by he gave Anthony Hernandez every thing he could tackle ahead of succumbing to a second-round anaconda choke. Subsequent attempts proved a lot more profitable, wrestling his way to choices above Marc-Andre Barriault and John Phillips.
“Iron Turtle” provides up two inches of top and 4 inches of achieve to Nchukwi.
Maybe it is just some lingering resentment towards trainer Lloyd Irvin, but I’m just not super amazed by Nchukwi. Whilst he’s obviously a tank of a gentleman, he’s so damn sluggish and plodding that any able striker not intimidated by his electricity should be able to get the superior of him. Park, a highly adept boxer with some strong wrestling to back it up, appears to be like like he suits the monthly bill.
Nchukwi is admittedly continue to just 26 and very early in his blended martial arts (MMA) career — monumental enhancement amongst his previous combat and now surely is not out of the question. Nevertheless, Park’s seemingly bought the technical edge and has under no circumstances been stopped with strikes, so assume him to out-box Nchukwi for a narrow conclusion get.
Prediction: Park by means of unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Mike Trizano vs. Ludovit Klein
Mike Trizano (8-1) — Stipe Miocic’s 1st Lightweight decide on The Supreme Fighter (TUF) 27 — lived up to the requisite anticipations by profitable the two his fights in the property and subsequently defeating Joe Giannetti at the Finale. After narrowly edging out castmate Luis Pena in his 2nd Octagon work, he dropped to 145 kilos to experience Grant Dawson, who choked him out halfway as a result of the next round.
This will be his 1st battle in virtually exactly two decades.
Ludovit Klein (17-2) put jointly a 7-struggle win streak on the Eurasian circuit before stepping up on brief recognize to confront Shane Young in Sept. 2020. Though he skipped weight by four kilos, he managed to halt Youthful in just 76 seconds for his third consecutive head kick finish.
His 16 expert finishes are break up evenly between knockouts and submissions.
Barring some significant enhancement on Trizano’s portion in the course of his time absent, he’s in for a rough evening. Klein was undoubtedly a single of the greatest “New Blood” surprises of 2020, and his velocity and halting ability look far extra potent than Trizano’s audio-but-basic kickboxing. So long as Klein’s battle with the scale proves a lot more prosperous than the previous 1, I be expecting yet another highlight-reel complete.
As great as Trizano is (and he’s definitely stable) he seemingly lacks the “X-factor” essential to trip up Klein on the feet and isn’t a sharp plenty of wrestler to check the Slovakian’s takedown defense. In the close, both a straight remaining or a still left shin upside the dome seals the deal sometime in the very first two rounds.
Prediction: Klein by using 2nd-round specialized knockout
Two additional UFC Vegas 26 “Prelims” undercard bouts stay to preview and predict, each of them potential slugfests. Exact time tomorrow, Maniacs.
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