We stay at the UFC Apex in Vegas, following an exciting event last week. There is another action-packed card this Saturday.
King Steps Up
Bobby ‘King’ Green has stepped up to headline against the high-flying Russian Islam Makhachev, following an injury to Beneil Dariush.
Riding a nine-win streak, Islam Makhachev has put the lightweight division on high alert. A dominant submission over Dan Hooker in his last bout confirmed his third finish in a row. The Russian has been training in martial arts since he was 10 years old, and spent time trained by the father of retired lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Stepping in for his second fight of the month, Bobby Green will be looking to continue his momentum following a decision victory over Nasrat Haqparast. The veteran turned pro back in 2008 and has secured 18 finishes in his 29 career wins. King started learning self defence after his son was born, and was a warehouse worker before going pro.
Two exciting middleweights go head-to-head in this weekend’s co-main event, as Latvian Misha Cirkunov faces Brazilian Wellington ‘Prodigy’ Turman.
Establishing himself as a finisher in the light heavyweight division, this will be Cirkunov’s second fight at middleweight. He has secured 13 finishes in his 15 career wins, including in each of his last 10 victories. He holds a BJJ black belt and committed his life to martial arts and competing from a young age.
Winning six of his last nine, Turman holds a 17-5 career record. Also, a black belt in BJJ, Turman sees most of his success in his grappling, securing seven submission victories, four rear-naked chokes and three by guillotine.
Fireworks at Flyweight
The women’s flyweight division is amongst the most competitive in the UFC, and Ji Yeon ‘Firefist’ Kim will lock horns with Priscila ‘Zombie Girl’ Cachoeira.
After fighting to a draw in her first two pro fights, Kim has accumulated a 9-4 record. Firefist has secured five finishes, three by submission and two by knockout. She has started training in primary school, holding a purple belt in BJJ, a third-degree black belt in Hapkido and a black belt in Wushu. Alongside training, Kim was a personal trainer and boxing instructor.
Cachoeira went 1-1 in 2021, her victory was a first-round knockout of Gina Mazany. The Brazilian also fought at the last UFC London in 2019 where she was defeated by Molly McCann. Zombie Girl got her nickname because she always moves forward, no matter what is thrown at her during fights.