Last week’s card was full of excitement and this week should be no different. We stay in Vegas, but head to the T-Mobile Arena for this week’s action.
Grudge match in the main event
Former teammates turned bitter rivals clash in this week’s main event, as Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington takes on Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal.
Winning eight of his last 10 bouts, Covington remains the no.1 contender in the welterweight division. The former interim welterweight champion has a wrestling background and was a two-time NCAA All-American champion. He has secured four submissions and four knockouts in his 16 career wins thus far. His nickname Chaos was bestowed upon him by his mum, due to his unpredictable behaviour.
One of the veterans of the welterweight division, Masvidal turned pro in 2003. He now holds a 35-15 record, securing 18 finishes, 16 by knockout and two via submission. His knockout of Ben Askren, in only five seconds, is the fastest ever finish in UFC history. Gamebred has been training since he was 14 and committed himself to MMA ever since.
All-Brazilian co main
This week’s co-main sees no.6 ranked lightweight Rafael dos Anjos face fellow Brazilian, Renato Moicano, who is stepping in for Rafael Fiziev, for a catchweight bout.
After going 4-4 at welterweight, Rafael dos Anjos won his first fight back at lightweight, defeating Paul Felder by decision. He has proven himself as an exciting fighter, securing seven post-fight awards in his UFC career so far. dos Anjos has always been involved in MMA, and prior to going pro, was a jiu-jitsu teacher back home in Brazil.
Stepping in late, Moicano will take confidence from his two-win streak, both of which were second-round submissions. The Brazilian has won 11 of his last 15 and has secured nine career finishes, all of which were submissions. Like his opponent, he has been involved in martial arts from a young age, and spends his time outside the Octagon teaching MMA and Muay Thai.
Clutching at strawweight
Two top-5 ranked strawweights go head-to-head as no.3 ranked Marina Rodriguez takes on Xiaonan Yan.
On a three-bout win streak, Rodriguez is 5-1-1 in her last seven. She holds an impressive 15-1-2 record and earned her UFC contract by securing an impressive first-round knockout on Dana White’s Contender Series. She earned a fight of the night bonus for her entertaining fight with Mackenzie Dern back in October. Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and was printing adhesives for decorations before committing to MMA full time.
Xiaonan holds a pro record of 13-2, 1NC, and is 11-1, 1NC, in her last 13 bouts. She has been a pro since 2009 and has five career finishes, all of which came by knockout. Before training in MMA, she was a Sanda fighter, which is similar to kickboxing, but utilises a lot more grappling techniques.