Look I promise I’m not as much as an optimist as this article may make me seem, but when doing a bit of research for this card I started getting excited for it. It may lack lots of name power, but from a sporting standpoint it’s hard not to care as all of the fighters (except for the main event) are riding impressive win streaks.
Davi Ramos vs Austin Hubbard
Davi Ramos is on a three-fight win streak with all coming by way of the Rear Naked Choke, and he looks to make it four in a row when he takes on the relatively unknown Austin Hubbard. Not much is known about the 27-year-old fighting out of Elevation Fight Team, but he is currently on a 3-fight win streak with his last win coming via a stoppage victory in the LFA promotion where he captured the lightweight title.
Davi Ramos on the other hand has one of the coolest ADCC finishes of all time, and if you’re looking to watch it eight times in slow motion with each time being slower than the last, we got your hook up right here.
Nik Lentz vs Charles Oliviera
It’s possibly one of the quietest MMA rivalries of all time, and Saturday night could spell the end of this classic feud (*sarcasm font*) when Nik Lentz takes on Charles Oliviera. This will be the third time these two meet, with Lentz looking to get his very first win against ‘Du Bronx’. The first fight was changed to a no contest after an illegal knee by Oliviera, and the second capped a submission win for the Brazilian. Nik Lentz is currently on a 2-fight win streak (one of which was a very slick head kick knockout of Gray Maynard), while Olivera has won his last four (all by way of submission) Will Du Bronx do enough to put himself in title contention? Will Lentz do enough to make his lord Trump proud? Both questions will be answered Saturday.
Vincent Luque vs Derrick Krantz
I almost did no research on Derrick “D-Rock” Krantz. I was initially going to make a terrible joke about how I didn’t know who he was, but that was okay because you didn’t either. I am so happy I did. He has a fun highlight reel and while his biggest win is against Brock Larson, I’m confident he’s going to bring the fight on short notice against the ever so violent Vincent Luque. Luque, who will look to keep his 4-fight win streak going has never gone to a decision in any of his wins and he has only lost twice in the UFC (both by decision, one against Leon Edwards). This fight is going to be violent, and if it isn’t… blame StipeTapped for publishing this.
Megan Anderson vs Felicia Spencer
We are going to finally get an answer on how good Megan Anderson actually is during this fight. She is facing real competition in Felicia Spencer, who hoists an undefeated record and recently vacated the 145lb Invicta championship. Felicia Spencer is going to try to grapple Megan Anderson for all 15 minutes of their fight on Saturday, and we will see how much Megan has improved her ground game since the Holly Holm fight and whether she is the contender this division needs. This is one of the most interesting woman’s featherweights fights we have seen in the UFC, which isn’t saying much because the UFC refuses to build this division for some reason weird reason.
Antonio Carlos Junior vs Ian Heinisch
‘Shoe Face’ is currently on a 5-fight win streak, which may be the quietest win streak in the UFC right now. On Saturday he has the chance to get his name out as his bout was bumped up to co-main after Neil Magny was pulled from the Luque fight. His opponent Ian Heinisch recently beat Cezar Ferreira by unanimous decision, where he almost finished the Brazilian twice. I can’t imagine this going down any other way than Antonio Carlos Junior trying to get this to the ground and Ian Heinisch staying on the feet, but this has the potential to be a very fun bout.
Rafael dos Anjos vs Kevin Lee
Interestingly enough, these are the only fighters coming into the main card who are coming off of losses. If Kevin Lee loses here, it would be tough to imagine him getting a title shot anytime within the next 3 years given how stacked lightweight is (despite the bout happening at 170) If RDA loses it almost definitely means his days as a contender are over, as that would make 3 losses in a row, all to very tough wrestlers (Usman, Covington, and Lee). While the bout isn’t happening at 165 like most fans want, it’s still a very intriguing fight for both 155 and 170.