Believe it the two time heavy weight champion is back. But in what will be only his second fight as June 2015, Velasquez has the daunting task of confronting a redeemed Francis Ngannou at the primary event of UFC Phoenix. In his final fight against Curtis Blaydes, Ngannou scored a stunning first-round knockout, a triumph which did far to scrub away the bitter taste of the last two performances.
He could make a second shot at UFC gold sooner than anticipated if Ngannou adds Velasquez to his hit list.
Lightweight contenders James Vick along with Paul Felder co-headline Sunday’s show and both are in serious need of a win after falling short in their last outings. To get Vick, he looks to get back his standing as a budding rival following a weight loss loss to Justin Gaethje loathed a 91 start in the UFC; to get Felder, he can widen a three-fight lightweight win series which was just slightly blemished by a cameo in welterweight against Mike Perry.
In other primary card actions, straWWEight contenders Cortney Casey along with Cynthia Calvillo face off, Brazilian jiu-jitsu genius Kron Gracie creates his UFC debut into a featherweight bout against veteran Alex Caceres, welterweight finisher Vicente Luque takes on opportunity killer Bryan Barberena, along with feather weights Andre Fili along with Myles Jury match within an intriguing clash of styles.
Where: Discussing Stick Resort Arena at Phoenix
When: Sunday, Feb. 17. Even the three-fight ESPN+ preliminary card begins at 5:30 p.m. ET, the four-fight ESPN card begins at 7 p.m. ET, and also the six-fight primary card also broadcasts on ESPN starting at 9 p.m. ET.
It’s nearly regrettable that Francis Ngannou finished his final fight so fast, because while he’ll always have the ability to lean onto his outstanding punching ability, it would have been nice to see the way he defended against Curtis Blaydes’s wrestling. In case he could stifle take-downs out of Blaydes, he might find a way to remain vertical against a tank like Cain Velasquez.
Ngannou did a fantastic job of living being smothered by Stipe Miocic
The big (no pun intended) knock James Vick is that he’s never been able to set his absurd 6-foot-4 frame to great use at 155 pounds. Both KO losses have come against opponents able get inside to absorb his shots, and dent his chin.
Paul Felder is both durable and a true striker. See where this one is currently moving?
Cynthia Calvillo is still a conundrum. She’s certainly a talented grappler with a high motor, a characteristic which can simply take a long way despite her ’s only been competing since April 20-16; however, problems with earning weight and doubts about her all around game appear to have put a ceiling onto the 31-year-old’therefore growth for now.
Back in Cortney Casey, Calvillo will be given a tough test after needing a round dismiss Poliana Botelho within her come back fight by the nine-month cannabis suspension. Casey is an active fighter with strength who’ll penalize Calvillo with sheer volume. While this could possibly be a evaluation of Calvillo’s standup skills ll become more inclined to use her dramatic as a means to set up hunt and takedowns .
It’so tough to state which Casey will show up on fight night, the most confident striker who can at times impose her will on a rival, or perhaps the constrained grappler who fails to get out of first gear. I’m favoring Calvillo because of her consistency, so trusting that she’therefore made enough developments since her lone loss against Carla Esparza to wear Casey down and perhaps even snatch a submission.
And the Gracie family’s part enters the fray. It seems like every few years a brand new Gracie pops up in the UFC, generating an instant buzz which maybe it’therefore that Gracie that will be the one to match the accomplishments of the pioneering Royce.
I lost the plot with an match making here since I had been astonished that the debuting Kron Gracie was paired up with some one having as major show experience as Caceres. Sunday marks the 20th UFC appearance for ldquo;Bruce Leeroy. ”
Don’t even discount. Caceres never been a world beater, but he didn’t even earn the right to make by simply being a pushover, that lots of walks. He’s versatile that the matchmakers will repent booking Gracie against him instead of opposed to your foe which could function to flaunt his abilities.
The fantastic news for Gracie is that Caceres is vulnerable to sub missions. Over half his 11 losses have come by way of faucet. It should be a wrap, if Gracie gets down him. I’m just not convinced he’ll be able to wrestle with Caceres as easily as a few are believing of course when it has to do with a determination, Caceres will find a way to eke out another one.
Vicente Luque is among the welterweight branch ’therefore rising stars plus among the best finishers at the UFC, span. The anticipation is that he’ll submit him and finish with stun or attacks and tee off on Barberena.
Barberena’s sturdiness is going to be analyzed here as outside an aging Jake Ellenberger and also a still wet-behind-the-ears Sage Northcutt, he’s never had to defend against somebody using Luque’s quick hit capability. That’s not to say that the resourceful Barberena could ’t even find Luque to neutralize. In case “Bam Bam” can catch Luque to waste his energy on early flurries, it is going to pay dividends in the subsequent rounds, maybe sufficient for Barberena to pull off the upset.
But every moment that goes by is a chance for Luque to get a mortal blow and I like him to either finish at round one or win a persuasive decision after rapping Barberena down a couple days.
Jury is a Bfighter in categories, that will be good enough for him to beat on a fantastic chunk of the roster that is feather-weight. He loses his composure and he has been retained by his power when the going gets rough from crumbling. To put it simply, at a sport where calamity is around the corner, it’s rarely Jury that creates the mistake.
However, Jury could be outclassed on the feet and also he isn’t even always the quickest to adapt as it’s been evident he’s at the Octagon with an excellent striker. His take-downs might need to be perfectly timed to ground the Fili that is agile. Really about Fili, the pressure will be on the flip side to be complacent. From the start, he needs to become the sole deciding at which the fight will occur, otherWISe Jury is going to be content to outwork him at a conventional kickBoxing match.
As crazy as Fili could be at times, I like him to acquire one on the scorecards predicated on creativity and his aggression in the standup.