No pain no Gane
Last week’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT saw an incredible headline bout between two heavyweight titans, and we are hoping for more of the same this weekend, as another two T10 heavyweight contenders go head-to-head. They have a combined record of 18-1 so this fight should be a classic.
After suffering the first defeat in his professional career, Jairzinho Rozenstruik bounced back the best way possible, winning via strikes against Junior Dos Santos. The ‘Bigi Boy’ has shown that he always poses a threat when he is in the Octagon, recording the second quickest heavyweight bout knockout in UFC history (only nine seconds) against Allen Crowder and he also recorded the latest heavyweight knockout in UFC history, when he defeated Alistair Overeem with only four seconds left in the fifth round.
Coming into this bout undefeated, Ciryl Gane will be hoping to utilise his versatility to take the victory. He has three wins by TKO and three wins by submission, showing his threat both on his feet and in his ground game. He is efficient with his leg kicks, in his victory over Junior Dos Santos he landed the fifth highest leg kicks in a single bout in UFC Heavyweight history (29). He has started off his UFC career 4-0, and this four-bout win streak is tied for the longest in the UFC heavyweight division at the moment. With a win here he could certainly put himself in serious title contention.
Fast and furious
This light heavyweight bout sees a submission specialist take on a knockout expert, as Nikita Krylov takes on Magomed Ankalaev in a bout that will have serious ranking implications.
As a veteran of the game, Nikita Krylov will aim for a quick finish, which has become his forte. He has 21 career first round finishes, and only eight of his 34 professional bouts have lasted beyond the first round. He has nine wins in less than a minute, and truly is a master of the quick bout. ‘The Miner’ has won six of his last eight and holds a record of 11-4 when competing at light heavyweight.
After losing his first UFC bout to Paul Craig, Magomed Ankalaev has won five straight. He won his previous three bouts by knockout in the first round, and he has nine career knockout victories. The Russian has gone from strength to strength since he started competing in the UFC and Krylov may be his biggest test yet. Expect this bout to be explosive as both athletes are likely to attempt quick finishes.
Armbar specialists lock horns
This flyweight bout should be action packed as it has two athletes that come into it in good form. With similar styles Montana De La Rosa vs Mayra Bueno Silva should be an interesting matchup.
After eight professional career wins via submission, Montana De La Rosa has established herself as a submission pro. Her specialty is the armbar, which she has finished five fights with. She is in good form having won five of her last seven, and she will be desperate to get back to winning ways.
Accruing six first round finishes in only seven bout wins, Mayra Brueno Silva starts her bouts off quickly and tries to submit her opponents early in contests. She is aggressive in her attempts to grapple and this has led to her holding good control in previous bouts. Alongside her prowess in the grapple game, she is also a great striker, and due to her similar style to De La Rosa, her strikes may be the aspect of her game she leans on in this one.