After an exciting show last week, with a veteran returning to the Octagon to claim victory, we stay at the Apex for more enticing action.
A Prime-Time main event
The middleweight division is stacked with hard hitters and the main card shows that off as two ranked contenders, Uriah ‘Prime Time’ Hall and Sean ‘Tarzan’ Strickland face off.
One of the most exciting strikers in the division, Hall holds the most knockouts in UFC middleweight history with eight. The Jamaican has won five of his last six and is riding a four-fight win streak. Hall has been a pro for 15 years, holding an 18-9 record in that time. Prior to competing he used to teach MMA, and he holds a second-degree black belt in Tiger Schulmann MMA.
Also on a four-fight win streak, Strickland aims to break into the top 10, currently ranked no.11. He boasts a 23-3 record and has won eight of his last 10. ‘Tarzan’ took up fighting at 14 and turned pro when he was only 16, back in 2008. Like his opponent he is a clinical finisher, securing 14 finishes so far in his career, nine of which came in the first round.
Mr Perfect returns
The bantamweight division is as competitive as ever, and two entertaining athletes clash as Kyung Ho ‘Mr Perfect’ Kang faces Rani Yahya.
Back in the Octagon for the first time since December 2019, Kang will be hoping to maintain his rich vein of form. He is on a three-fight win streak and has won nine of his last 12. The South Korean secured a degree in Physical Education and Physiology before turning pro in 2007. This will be his seventh fight since 2018, when he returned following two years of military service.
Yahya has won four of his last six bouts. This will be his second fight of the year after he submitted Ray Rodriguez in March. The Brazilian is a submission expert, with 21 of his 27 victories coming via submission, his preferred technique being the arm triangle, which he has successfully executed five times. He has committed his life to fighting since he was 10 years old and is a three-time world champion in jiu-jitsu.
You can’t Buys success
This bout sees two strawweights looking for their first UFC victory, as Cheyanne ‘The Warrior Princess’ Buys and Gloria ‘Glorinha’ de Paula go head-to-head.
From taking up karate at just three years old to taking her first amateur fight only four days after her 18thbirthday, Cheyanne is certainly a fighter to watch this weekend. The American has been pro since 2018 and has won four of her last five bouts. Before turning pro, Buys was an instructor for Tae Kwon Do, LA boxing as well as UFC gym kickboxing, for both kids and adults.
Having won four of her last six bouts, three by KO, de Paula will be looking to maintain her momentum this weekend. She started training Muay Thai in 2013, but it wasn’t until 2015 when she saw Ronda Rousey vs Bethe Correia at UFC® 190: ROUSEY vs. CORREIAthat she decided to move to train MMA at Chute Boxe. Since then, she has secured a 5-3 record, three of those victories coming by KO.