Volkanovski (22-1) preventing out of Windang, NSW, Australia goals to proceed his run atop the featherweight division with one other dominant efficiency. The previous rugby participant turned MMA star holds spectacular victories over Max Holloway (twice), Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. Volkanovski now has his sights set on getting the final snort in opposition to Ortega and securing his second profitable title protection.
Submission wizard Ortega (15-1 1NC) preventing out of Los Angeles, Calif. turned heads in his final outing by placing on a placing clinic in opposition to Chan Sung Jung in October. A proficient Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, he has additionally netted spectacular wins over Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson and Clay Guida. Ortega now goals to settle the rating with Volkanovski and obtain his dream of capturing UFC gold.
Shevchenko (21-3) preventing out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan has confirmed herself to be among the many most dominant champions in UFC historical past. A embellished kickboxer, she has delivered memorable victories in opposition to Jessica Eye, Holly Holm and Julianna Pena. Shevchenko now seems to be to proceed constructing her legacy with one other show-stealing title protection.
Murphy (15-4) preventing out of Houston, Texas intends to shock the world by changing into the primary fighter to defeat Shevchenko at 125 kilos. Throughout her UFC run, the 11-year MMA veteran has earned notable victories over Joanne Calderwood, Andrea Lee and Mara Romero Borella. Murphy is now gunning to dethrone Shevchenko and turn into solely the third girls’s flyweight champion in UFC historical past.
MMA famous person Diaz (26-9 2NC) preventing out of Stockton, Calif. returns to the Octagon for the primary time in over six years. All through his epic profession, he has secured sensational wins in opposition to former UFC champions BJ Penn, Frank Shamrock and Lawler. Diaz now intends to remind followers he’s nonetheless among the many greatest on this planet by taking out Lawler a second time.
Lawler (28-15 1NC) preventing out of Coconut Creek, Fla. hopes to even the rating with Diaz 17 years following their first encounter. The previous UFC welterweight champion has delivered thrilling knockouts in opposition to Rory MacDonald, Jake Ellenberger and Josh Koscheck, and he now goals to safe a measure of revenge in opposition to Diaz and start climbing the ladder again to the belt.
In a pivotal heavyweight contenders’ bout, No. 4 ranked Curtis Blaydes (14-3 1NC) preventing out of Chicago, Ailing. takes on No. 6 Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-2) preventing out of Paramaribo, Suriname. No. 1 ranked Jessica Andrade (21-9) preventing out of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil faces No. 5 Cynthia Calvillo (9-2-1) preventing out of San Jose, Calif. in an thrilling conflict of ladies’s flyweight contenders.
No. 6 ranked bantamweight contender Marlon Moraes (23-8-1) preventing out of Parkland, Fla. by means of Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil goals for one more highlight-reel end when he squares off with surging No. 10 Merab Dvalishvili (13-4) preventing out of Lengthy Island, N.Y. by means of Tbilisi, Georgia.
In a pivotal heavyweight contenders’ bout, No. 7 ranked Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-5) preventing out of Dagestan, Russia faces No. 10 Chris Daukaus (11-3) preventing out of Philadelphia, Penn. Rising bantamweights meet when Ricky Simon (18-3) preventing out of Vancouver, Wash. faces Timur Valiev (18-2 1NC) preventing out of Toms River, N.J. by means of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia.
Manon Fiorot (7-1) preventing out of Good, France hopes for one more spectacular end when she takes on submission ace Mayra Bueno Silva (7-1-1) preventing out of Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil at flyweight. Undefeated Uros Medic (7-0) preventing out of Anchorage, Alaska by means of Novi Unhappy, Serbia meets Jalin Turner (10-5) preventing out of Fontana, Calif. in an intriguing light-weight bout. In a conflict of Dana White’s Contender Sequence veterans Karl Roberson (9-4) preventing out of Neptune, N.J. takes on Nick Maximov (6-0) preventing out of Stockton, Calif. at middleweight.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Government Author, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a ardour for Fight Sports activities and in addition a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s additionally a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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