Last week, the T-Mobile Arena had a packed crowd to witness one of the most entertaining cards of the year. This week, we’re back to the Apex for another thrilling weekend full of exciting athletes.
Lively lightweight’s clash
Two ranked lightweights face off for this events headline, as Islam Makhachev faces Thiago Moises.
Makhachev is currently riding the second-longest win streak amongst active lightweights in the UFC, having won his previous seven bouts. The Russian was trained by Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father, which has honed his skills as a lethal grappler, securing eight career victories by submission.
Having won 10 of his last 13 bouts, and currently on a three-win streak, Moises will be looking for his second win of the year. The Brazilian has been training with his dad since he was only eight years old, and still trains with him today. He is known for his resilience and perseverance from seemingly losing situations; last year he secured the fifth largest statistical comeback in lightweight history as he submitted Michael Johnson.
Cruisin’ for a bruisin’
The co main for this event sees two exciting bantamweights clash as Marion ‘The Belizean Bruiser’ Reneau takes on Miesha ‘Cupcake’ Tate.
One of the most ferocious finishers in the division, Reneau holds a 9-7-1 record, and all but one of those wins coming via finishes, five by KO and three via submission. As well as competing at the highest level of MMA, The Belizean Bruiser is also a high school teacher when outside of the Octagon. Reneau holds four first-round finishes, including a 10-second knockout against Lydia Reyes in 2012.
Former bantamweight champion Tate is looking to climb back up the rankings. This is her first fight since 2016, when she was known for her elite wrestling. She holds an 18-7 pro record, seven of these wins coming by submission and three by KO. Before joining the UFC, Tate was working at Costco, while also racking up a 5-1 amateur record. She also loves to bake, this passion forming the inspiration of her ‘Cupcake’ nickname.
Playing the game
This bout sees two exciting lightweight fighters clash as Jeremy ‘Lil Heathen’ Stephens is up against Mateusz ‘Gamer’ Gamrot.
Stephens is one of the veterans of the lightweight division, having fought his first fight back in 2007. He has since accrued a 28-17 record: 19 of them coming by KO. He is returning to lightweight after 18 fights at featherweight (8-9, 1NC) and will be hoping to add to his collection of 10 post fight awards. Stephens sparring sessions with training buddy Josh Neer are legendary and are key in his preparation for intense fights.
After securing a performance of the night award for his second-round KO against Scott Holtzman in April, Gamrot is hunting for his second win of the year. The Gamer has been pro since 2012 and holds an 18-1 record; 10 of these wins were finishes, six by KO and four via submission. In college, he studied emergency medical services and physical education which have served as good bases for his true passion, fighting.