Final Preventing Championship (UFC) is gearing as much as stage UFC on ESPN 12 later TONIGHT (Sat., June 27, 2020) inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. The present would be the promotion’s ultimate one stateside earlier than it heads to worldwide waters for the complete month of July to stage 4 consecutive occasions on “Struggle Island,” which is definitely Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

UFC on ESPN 12 is headlined by a pivotal Light-weight match up, pitting former interim champion, Dustin Poirier, towards Dan Hooker, winner of three-fight win streak. Within the co-main occasion, Mike Perry and Mickey Gall will lastly get to settle their beef contained in the Octagon.

What’s Sizzling:

Poirier has lengthy been top-of-the-line Light-weight fighters on the earth, dropping solely thrice since 2013. Two of these defeats have been towards present 155-pound champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, with a loss to Michael Johnson sandwiched between. However in case you have a look at his final 4 wins, Poirier’s resume is actually one thing to behold, scoring wins over former Light-weight champion, Anthony Pettis, present interim champ, Justin Gaethje, ex-champ, Eddie Alvarez, and former Featherweight kingpin, Max Holloway. Who else can say they’ve defeated all 4 of these males? And in consecutive fights no much less. “The Eagle” and “Infamous” positive can’t. He can have an opportunity to get himself again into title consideration if he can defeat the surging Dan Hooker, who has gained three straight (seven of eight total).

Each males prefer to stand-and-bang, and battle followers ought to anticipate nothing totally different come showtime, as they’re each trying to show a degree and have their eyes on the belt. Hooker might have a little bit of a attain benefit on “The Diamond,” however that has by no means hindered Poirier’s performances. I favor Poirier to drag out a win right here, however Hooker is greater than able to pulling off an upset. He’ll need to be on high of his recreation, although, as a result of Poirier has confirmed repeatedly that he can take a licking and carry on ticking.

Since 2017, Perry has gone 2-5, along with his two wins coming by the use of choice. A type of got here through controversial cut up choice towards Paul Felder. My level is, “Platinum” hasn’t lived as much as any expectations some might have had of him, going 6-6 so far in his UFC profession. However regardless of his struggles, he simply has one thing about him that makes you tune in. Maybe it’s his balls-to-the wall fashion of combating, kill or be killed mentality, or his care-free angle when there’s a digital camera in entrance of him. With Perry, whether or not you prefer it or not, you get the actual deal and you understand he isn’t placing on a entrance … for higher or worse. That being stated, that may solely carry a fighter to date — he nonetheless has to get some wins to have a greater cause for the promotion to maintain him round.

Gall, in the meantime, has earned a decent 5-2 mark to date contained in the Octagon. He has been relatively quiet over the past yr, as two of his beforehand scheduled bouts towards Carlos Condit and Alex Oliveira have been scratched, forcing him to sit down out longer than he would have needed. In opposition to Perry, he’ll have the possibility to get an enormous notch on his belt. However he must watch out of Perry’s wild assaults, as one strong strike from “Platinum” may very effectively put him to sleep, as his first 11 professional wins have come by the use of knockout. This battle is a toss up for me, although it’s protected to say it’s sure to be thrilling due to Perry’s observe document.

What’s Not:

Nothing a lot to complain about right here, particularly since we’re just some weeks from a jam-packed month of thrilling and stacked playing cards on “Struggle Island.”

Authentic Card vs. Precise Card:

We had fairly a number of adjustments, most of which occurred simply this week. Kyle Nelson was compelled out of his battle towards Sean Woodson due to visa points, which prompted UFC to re-sign Julian Erosa to fill the void. The next day, Miranda Maverick’s UFC debut was canceled after she suffered an damage throughout coaching, forcing her out of her bout towards Mara Romero Borella. Given the quick discover, the promotion opted to take away Borella from the occasion altogether. Someday after that, Ramiz Brahimaj was compelled out of his battle towards Takashi Sato after one in every of his cornermen examined constructive for COVID-19, forcing the promotion to go on with simply 10 fights.

Accidents:

Aspen Ladd was set to face Sara McMann in ladies’s Bantamweight motion earlier than she was compelled out after struggling a nasty knee damage that can preserve her out for the rest of 2020. It’s a troublesome blow for Ladd — in addition to the 135-pound division — as a result of she has lengthy been one of many favorites to at some point rule the division.

New Blood:

Undefeated Middleweight (9-0) Kyle Daukus will lastly get his shot at UFC stardom after failing to get in following his profitable debut on “Contender Collection.” He can have a troublesome attract former LFA champ, Brendan Allen, winner of six straight, together with his first two bouts contained in the Octagon. And the person is aware of easy methods to end fights, profitable 13 of 14 through stoppage.

Former Invicta FC Atomweight champion, Jinh Yu Frey, lastly bought the decision as much as the massive leagues. However for as proficient as she is, Frey has been inconsistent, along with her final win streak of three or extra coming in 2016. Since then, she has gone 4-3, which is nothing to put in writing residence about. That stated, she will probably be a pleasant addition to the ladies’s Strawweight division. Frey will face fellow UFC newcomer and former Invicta FC colleague, Kay Hansen, whom we are going to talk about a bit additional within the subsequent part.

Jason Witt bought the decision to make his UFC debut on simply two days discover after Ramiz Brahimaj was compelled out because of one in every of his cornermen testing constructive for COVID-19. Witt has gained 4 straight, however will undoubtedly be taking over his hardest check in Sato, who got here up quick towards Belal Muhammad at UFC 242.

How The ‘Prelims’ Look:

Former The Final Fighter (TUF) alum, Luis Pena, appears to get on a win streak as he takes on the always-tough Khama Worthy, who has gained six straight. It is a robust battle for Pena, as “Deathstar” packs some main punching energy. However “Violent Bob Ross” can also be as scrappy as they arrive, so don’t be shocked if he has some tips up his sleeve.

Kay Hansen will look to make a splash in her UFC debut coming in from Invicta FC, as she battles fellow newcomer, Jinh Yu Frey (additionally from Invicta) in ladies’s Flyweight motion. Frey was stripped of her Atomoweight title in her final battle due to lacking weight, although she went on to defeat Ashley Cummins.

Jordan Griffin will search for his first back-to-back victories contained in the Octagon because the Heavyweight bomber takes on Youssef Zalal, winner of two straight. When you might imagine this battle is a stand-up brawl able to occur, you could be shocked to listen to that Griffin’s final 5 wins have come through submission. In the meantime, 4 of Youssef’s final six wins have additionally come by the use of submission.

Who Wants A Win Badly:

As I touched on earlier, Perry wants a win right here within the worst method. He has now misplaced two in a row, and 5 of his final seven. As thrilling she could be, I wouldn’t rule out the promotion chopping him unfastened with one other defeat, particularly if Endeavor begins forcing UFC to make some cuts because of COVID-19.

Curiosity Degree: 7.5 of 10

It’s a fairly strong providing, actually, although the fixed accidents and battle cancelations did harm it a bit, particularly the lack of Ladd vs. McMann. However, the occasion ought to be entertaining, as Poirier and Hooker guarantees to be an all-out warfare. And as soon as once more, when Perry is on, love him or hate him, he’s must-see TV. In additional predominant card motion, Gian Villante will make his Heavyweight debut towards Maurice Greene, who’s in determined want of a win after dropping two straight. Additionally, former PFL 265-pound champion, Philip Lins, will look to attain his first UFC victory towards Tanner Boser.

Full Struggle Card:

UFC on ESPN 12 Most important Occasion On ESPN/ESPN+:

155 lbs.: Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker

UFC on ESPN 12 Most important Card On ESPN/ESPN+ (eight p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: Mickey Gall vs. Mike Perry
185 lbs.: Brendan Allen vs. Kyle Daukaus
265 lbs.: Maurice Greene vs. Gian Villante
150 lbs.: Sean Woodson vs. Julian Erosa
135 lbs.: Aspen Ladd vs. Sara McMannCanceled

UFC on ESPN 12 ‘Prelims’ Card On ESPN/ESPN+ (6 p.m. ET):

155 lbs.: Luis Pena vs. Khama Worthy
125 lbs.: Mara Romero Borella vs. Miranda Mavericokay — Canceled
265 lbs.: Tanner Boser vs. Philipe Lins
170 lbs.: Takashi Soto vs. Jason Witt
145 lbs.: Jordan Griffin vs. Youssef Zalal
115 lbs.: Jinh Yu Frey vs. Kay Hansen

Keep in mind that MMAmania.com will ship LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow protection of the complete UFC on ESPN 12 battle card tonight RIGHT HERE, beginning with the ESPN+“Prelims” which are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET, then the principle card portion that can even stream on ESPN+ at eight p.m. ET.

To take a look at the newest and biggest UFC on ESPN 12: “Poirier vs. Hooker” information and notes remember to hit up our complete occasion archive proper right here.



CLICK HERE TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE