We are back to the Apex in Las Vegas following another exciting card last weekend. We have a thrilling women’s headliner in the flyweight division as well as another action-packed card.
This weekend’s headline sees two top 10 contenders in the women’s flyweight division face off as Marina Rodriguez faces Michelle ‘Karate Hottie’ Waterson.
After defeating Amanda Ribas in January via TKO, Marina Rodriguez looks to carry her momentum into another much-anticipated bout this weekend. She has been very exciting to watch since she entered the UFC and is notorious for her aggressive fighting style and quick tempo. The Brazilian has secured six knockouts in her career, her victory over Ribas being her first finish in the UFC. She has a remarkable 13-1 record and has yet to be finished so far in her professional career.
The No.9 contender in the flyweight division, Michelle Waterson, has established herself as a submission specialist, with nine of her 18 victories coming via submission. The American has been competing in the UFC since 2015 and holds a 6-4 record competing in the Octagon. Her last bout saw her defeat fellow American Angela Hill via decision so she will be confident heading into this one.
Just keep swimming
The co main bout sees two Americans face off in the welterweight division, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is taking on Alex ‘The Great White’ Morono.
The welterweight is one of the most talent-stacked divisions in the UFC, and Alex Morono is on an upward trend. He is a versatile athlete, securing five career knockouts, six submissions as well as six via decision. He has won five of his last eight, including a first-round knockout win over Zak Ottow. In his 25 professional bouts, Morono has only been finished twice in his career, and he is yet to be submitted. The Great White will need to keep swimming to avoid getting grappled by his opponent.
One of the welterweight veterans, Donald Cerrone has been professional since 2006. He has amassed a 36-15 record in that time, dominating his opponents utilising his prowess in wrestling. He has submitted 17 opponents and has only been submitted once, showing the efficiency in his grapple game.
A second welterweight bout to feature on the main card sees Neil ‘Haitian Sensation’ Magny take on Geoff ‘Handz of Steel’ Neal.
Looking to secure his first win of 2021, Neil Magny enjoys most of his success when he takes control of bouts. His fitness and resilience levels are very high, and he utilises these aspects of his game to maintain control for the full duration of bouts. He has seven career knockouts, only one of which came in the first round, which was a powerful knee against Craig White. He has been competing since 2010 and knows that a win here will be vital in maintaining his top 10 ranking in the welterweight division.
Geoff Neal is exciting to watch. He starts bouts quick and throws thunderous punches. He has secured 10 finishes in his career so far, six of which were first-round finishes. He has won 11 of his last 13 and gets crowds on their feet with his fast-pace and explosive punches. Neal has won eight bouts via TKO and has shown his capability of submitting his opponents when he defeated Brian Camozzi on his UFC debut via rear naked choke.