With the UFC machine again at full velocity, and as soon as once more rolling over every part in its path, we now sit up for our sixth battle card in a little bit greater than a month.
Which will clarify why fan response to Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 10 most important occasion has been considerably muted (to say the least), however that gained’t imply a factor to Jessica Eye or Cynthia Calvillo once they conflict on the UFC APEX.
For Eye, it’s an opportunity to string collectively consecutive wins and proceed placing her disappointing flyweight title battle exhibiting behind her; for Calvillo, it’s a contemporary begin. After struggling to persistently make the strawweight restrict, Calvillo is making the transfer as much as the 125-pound division the place she appears to be like to make an instantaneous splash with the backing of the American Kickboxing Academy group now behind her.
The co-main occasion options the re-booked Karl Roberson–Marvin Vettori matchup, which has solely had gasoline added to its proverbial hearth with Roberson once more having points making weight as he did when he was pressured to bow out of their first scheduled assembly a month in the past. How will this animosity present itself within the cage?
In different most important card motion, Charles Rosa strikes as much as 155 kilos to tackle Kevin Aguilar, featherweights Andre Fili and Charles Jourdain meet in putting duel, Jordan Espinosa places his unpredictable putting up in opposition to Mark De La Rosa’s speedy submission sport in a bantamweight bout, and prime flyweight prospect Mariya Agapova battles Hannah Cifers.
What: UFC on ESPN 10
The place: UFC APEX in Las Vegas
When: Saturday, June 13. All the occasion will air on ESPN and ESPN+, with the four-fight preliminaries beginning at 7 p.m. ET, and the six-fight most important card beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
When Cynthia Calvillo will get happening the bottom, she’s enjoyable to look at. I’m simply undecided what number of alternatives Jessica Eye will give her to begin rolling.
Be mindful, Eye’s most up-to-date battle noticed her win a unanimous determination in opposition to Viviane Araujo, an opponent who is greater, hits more durable, and is a greater grappler than Calvillo. Eye defended effectively in opposition to Araujo when it got here time to flash her jiu-jitsu, so what’s Calvillo going to point out Eye that Araujo didn’t?
In Calvillo’s favor is that she’s going to deliver a fast-paced type to the flyweight division. Cardio has at all times been considered one of her strengths and with out the added stress of that lower all the way down to 115 kilos, she’ll be even stronger within the later rounds. She simply won’t be sturdy sufficient to cope with Eye, who’s brings a major dimension benefit into the battle.
Calvillo’s standup is a piece in progress too and whereas Eye isn’t identified for having one-punch KO energy, she’s at all times been snug on the toes and so long as she doesn’t get pissed off by Calvillo’s motion, she ought to have the ability to persistently outscore Calvillo.
A brand new division and a brand new camp have Calvillo trending in the proper course, however a win over Eye is a bridge too far proper now.
An intriguing middleweight matchup when it was initially purported to occur on Could 13, this bout took on new life with Karl Roberson’s weight-cutting mishaps resulting in unhealthy blood between himself and Marvin Vettori. Roberson missed weight by a good larger quantity on Friday, which may solely increase Vettori’s ire.
In his final outing, Roberson confirmed he had some canine in him. In opposition to prime prospect Roman Kopylov, Roberson utilized his kickboxing abilities early after which shifted gears within the third, going for the takedown and ending the battle with a rear-naked choke. He likes to face, however that type of adaptability is encouraging to see in a fighter nonetheless figuring issues out.
He must be ready to go the complete 15 with Vettori, who has picked aside his final two opponents on the toes. The 26-year-old Italian excels at quantity putting. What Vettori lacks in uncooked energy, he makes up for with a gradual and correct standup type. I predict that Roberson tries to get this one to the bottom earlier than Vettori does.
Factoring in emotion is at all times a difficult proposition, however relying on how a lot Vettori is thrown off by Roberson’s antics, it may utterly change the complexion of this contest. It ought to nonetheless primarily be a putting battle, one which sees the fighters freely exchanging and infrequently exploring the outer edges of the octagon. I give Vettori the sting in that state of affairs.
Vettori by determination.
Charles Rosa vs. Kevin Aguilar
Don’t let Kevin Aguilar’s latest knockout loss idiot you, he’s a stable standup fighter and he’s going to place the strain on Charles Rosa. He additionally has the takedown protection wanted to maintain this on the toes, the place he’ll have an edge.
Rosa does have an unorthodox putting type that may be tough to determine. He makes use of kicks effectively and is aware of how one can keep at a variety by which he’s efficient. Nevertheless, he additionally has holes in his protection that Aguilar will exploit if Rosa spends an excessive amount of time buying and selling with him. The important thing for Rosa will probably be to maintain Aguilar guessing.
Ought to Aguilar get right into a rhythm, it’s going to be a brief night time for Rosa. Anticipate Aguilar to get forward early, concentrate on stuffing takedowns, and end within the second or third spherical.
Whereas Vettori-Robinson will play out principally within the pocket, Andre Fili vs. Charles Jourdain is a matchup that can characteristic two athletes exploring the studio house. These featherweights are as artistic as anybody within the division and you’ll guess neither goes to accept eking out a choice win.
That’s to not say that Fili and Jourdain are a few uneducated brawlers. With 14 UFC appearances underneath his belt already, Fili has confronted stiff competitors at 145 kilos and although the outcomes haven’t at all times gone his means, he’s proven he can grasp with anybody. He’ll be much more anticipating a end on this battle than common after dropping a aggressive determination to Sodiq Yusuff in January.
Jourdain continues to be a undertaking, however one which has proven nice promise. He likes to advance on his opponents with flying knees (as does Fili) and he’ll throw out spinning assaults on the drop of a hat. Nonetheless simply 24, Jourdain’s finest years are forward of him. He’s fairly good already.
As I typically do, I’m leaning in the direction of expertise, so Fili is the choose for me. As excessive as I’m on Jourdain’s future, I believe when this battle goes into deep waters, its Fili who will know how one can navigate them higher.
A potent grappler, Mark De La Rosa goes to have issues getting a maintain of the evasive Jordan Espinosa. The lengthy and lean Espinosa makes use of an in-and-out type to befuddle his opponents, which may result in spectacular outcomes when he’s on his sport.
Nonetheless, submission protection has been Espinosa’s largest weak spot and that simply so occurs to be De La Rosa’s specialty. He’s an skilled at discovering a gap for chokes, a expertise he’ll put to good use ought to he handle to get Espinosa on the mat.
There’s a particular conflict of types right here between two males possible preventing to remain within the UFC. I don’t have numerous religion in De La Rosa’s offensive wrestling, so so long as Espinosa doesn’t shoot himself into hazard (a particular risk), he ought to win on factors.
I hate that Hannah Cifers is preventing once more on simply two weeks’ discover. I hate that to take this battle, she’s going up in weight when she was already undersized at 115 kilos. I hate that she’s being fed to a blue-chipper like Mariya Agapova.
You possibly can’t rely Cifers out and she or he’s had her moments in latest fights in opposition to Mackenzie Dern and Angela Hill. However her lack of an additional gear makes it tough for her to complete her fights and her easy putting type performs proper into Agapova’s strengths. The 23-year-old Kazakh prospect is making a reputation for herself along with her unorthodox motion and efficient, if sometimes wild vary putting.
Add to that Agapova having an eight-inch attain benefit over Cifers, plus a nasty prime sport, and this has all of the makings of a showcase battle for Agapova’s UFC debut.