This Saturday (July 18, 2020), Final Combating Championship (UFC) will proceed its keep on “Struggle Island” in Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates, for UFC Struggle Island 2. Very similar to Wednesday evening’s occasion, the cardboard is primarily made up of random Europeans who’ve beforehand been unable to compete due to COVID-19. Nevertheless, this card encompasses a title combat in the principle occasion, which positively raises the stakes. Earlier than Joseph Benavidez and Deiveison Figueiredo battle for the Flyweight crown, let’s break down some essential card fights!

Bear in mind, we’ll be again later this week to preview and predict the most important fights of Saturday’s occasion.

Light-weight: Marc Diakiese vs. Rafael Fiziev

Greatest Win for Diakiese? Joseph Duffy For Fisiev? Alex White
Present Streak: Diakiese has received two straight, whereas Fiziev rebounded with a call win final trip
X-Issue: Diakiese’s athleticism
How these two match up: This ought to be a firefight!

Diakiese has seen his ups-and-downs contained in the Octagon, however he’s been proficient the entire time. Diakiese is a critical bodily expertise with massive energy and explosive takedowns, and currently he’s simply been shredding opponents along with his calf kick.

Fiziev is a more recent face to UFC’s roster, however “Ataman” is a adorned striker, a grasp of sports activities in hand-to-hand fight with a substantial amount of Muay Thai expertise. Coaching out of Tiger Muay Thai, Fiziev’s takedown protection has held up properly in his brief MMA profession.

Each prospects are simply 27 years outdated.

It is a actually tough bout to investigate. On one hand, Diakiese prefers to strike, and Fiziev is indubitably the extra technical kickboxer. Nevertheless, that benefit is probably nullified by Diakiese’s pure energy, and his means to combine in massive slam takedowns may knock Fiziev’s confidence down a notch.

Fiziev remains to be unproven within the Octagon, whereas Diakiese has been inconsistent. Each males seemingly have appreciable long run upside. As for Saturday evening, nonetheless, I’ll belief Fiziev’s kickboxing expertise to assist him navigate the calf kick, which actually has been the idea for Diakiese’s latest wins.

Prediction: Fiziev by way of resolution

Girls’s Flyweight: Ariane Lipski vs. Luana Carolina

Greatest Win for Lipski? Shiela Gaff For Carolina? Priscila Cachoeira
Present Streak: Each ladies have received their final bout
X-Issue: Carolina’s wrestling
How these two match up: Hopefully, “Queen Of Violence” and “Dread” stay as much as their scrapping reputations.

Lipski is a kickboxer, a lady who grew up in Brazil coaching and combating Muay Thai. As such, her putting has regarded moderately sharp within the Octagon, however she is having bother adjusting to higher-level competitors, as famous strikers Joanne Calderwood and Molly McMann each discovered success merely catching her kicks and taking her down moderately than buying and selling. Alternatively, Carolina is only one combat deep into her UFC profession, a strong win during which she picked aside Cachoeira moderately totally.

Each of those Brazilian ladies have related putting backgrounds, which implies we’re probably in for caged Muay Thai match. Lipski has confronted the upper stage of competitors, however she’s additionally struggled because of this. Carolina has but to run into any issues, however she’s additionally been combating a decrease stage of competitors.

I’ll be trustworthy, it’s tough for me to belief in Lipski after her poor defensive wrestling/grappling showcases up to now. Nevertheless, Carolina doesn’t appear to be the girl to capitalize on that flaw. As an alternative, she’ll give the veteran the kind of combat she wishes, which bodes properly for the previous KSW champion.

Prediction: Lipski by way of resolution

Flyweight: Alexandre Pantoja vs Askar Askarov

Greatest Win for Pantoja? Brandon Moreno For Askarov? Tim Elliott
Present Streak: Pantoja received his final bout, whereas Askarov lately received his first UFC bout and is undefeated general
X-Issue: Can Askarov comprise Pantoja?
How these two match up: This ought to be glorious.

Pantoja has established himself as probably the greatest Flyweights on the planet, growing some appreciable knockout energy to associate with his experience on the mat. He’s stopped his final three victories, and his sole loss in that span got here in probably the greatest fights of 2019 reverse one half of Saturday’s essential occasion in Deiveison Figueiredo.

Askarov is simply two fights into his personal Octagon profession, however the former ACB champion has impressed as properly. The Russian “Bullet” is a wonderful wrestler, able to chaining collectively takedown makes an attempt with ease. He’s additionally a confirmed finisher as soon as on the mat, and he confirmed some stunning pop in his punches reverse Elliott.

That is a type of Flyweight match ups that’s virtually assured to be fast-paced and thrilling. The potential may be very a lot there for a back-and-forth warfare that sees each males commerce massive punches and dominant positions.

For Askarov, the purpose ought to be to gather as a lot high management time as doable. Nevertheless, he’s extra of a scrambler that capitalizes on transitions than a lock-down-and-control kind wrestler. Given Pantoja’s glorious jiu-jitsu, it appears unlikely that the Brazilian will spend too lengthy caught in his again in a single place.

Between the 2, Pantoja appears extra more likely to land a submission and do better injury along with his strikes. It could be shut, however anticipate “Cannibal” to have sufficient massive moments on his facet to sway the judges.

Prediction: Pantoja by way of resolution

Do not forget that will ship LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow protection of your entire UFC Struggle Island 2 combat card this weekend, beginning with the ESPN+ “Prelims” which might be scheduled to start at 5 p.m. ET, then the principle card portion that may also stream on ESPN+ at eight p.m. ET.

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