Last week in Houston, we saw a new champion crowned in the lightweight division to end an enthralling card. This week, we are back to the Apex in Las Vegas for more UFC action.
No love lost
This week’s headline bout is between two top five contenders in the bantamweight division as Rob Font faces Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt.
Having won seven of his last 10 bouts, including his last three consecutively, Rob Font will be looking to maintain his positive momentum. Font has secured eight first-round finishes in his career, including his last bout which saw him win via TKO against Marlon Moraes. The American has secured 12 finishes so far in his professional career, eight by KO and four via submission.
Cody Garbrandt got back to winning ways in his last bout, with a second round KO of Raphael Assuncao. As a quick-paced fighter, all but two of Garbrandt’s 12 wins have been finishes, and all 10 victories came via KO. He has recorded nine knockdowns in the UFC – the most in bantamweight history.
Don’t put your hands in the cookie jar
The co main for this event also sees two top 5 contenders facing off. This bout is in the strawweight division as Yan ‘Fury’ Xiaonan takes on Carla ‘Cookie Monster’ Esparza.
With an impressive 13-1 start to her professional career, Yan Xiaonan is looking to land herself in title contention. Xiaonan has won her first six UFC bouts, all six of which came by unanimous decision. She has some impressive wins under her belt, including Claudia Gadelha, Angela Hill and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Carla Esparza has won 13 of her last 17 bouts, including four in a row. So far in her pro career, Carla has secured seven finishes, three by KO and four by submission. The ‘Cookie Monster’ holds wins over Michelle Waterson as well as the current champion Rose Namajunas, which secured her a performance of the night award.
The flyweight division is full of talent as two top-15 contenders face off. No.11 contender David ‘The Undertaker’ Dvorak faces the no.12 contender Raulian Paiva.
On a massive 15-win streak in MMA, David Dvorak has been dominant and ruthless. This will be his third UFC bout, he won his first two against Bruno Silva and Jordan Espinosa, both coming via unanimous decision. The Undertaker holds a 19-3 career record, finishing 15 of those wins, eight coming via KO and seven by submission. ‘The Undertaker’ has nine first-round wins.
Raulian Paiva has won 14 of his last 16, including his last two bouts. In these two fights, he won via KO in the second round over Mark de la Rosa and most recently he won via unanimous decision over Zhalgas Zhumagulov. Paiva has elite level conditioning and has put it to good use, winning 13 of his 20 victories via decision.