Jamahle Hill It could be an injection of fresh blood that you’re looking for a light-heavy title image.
Having debuted in 2017, Hill is the least experienced contender with No. (14) next to his name in MMA Fighting’s World RankingBut he may also be closer to a championship opportunity than some of his more experienced peers. Aleksandar Rakic (7) and Anthony Smith (8) They face uncertain timetables for their return while recovering from injury, Volkan Ozdemir (11) Only recently broke off a losing streak, and Hill UFC Vegas 59 Main event discount Thiago Santos (12) Closer to the exit of the rating than to the climb in them.
All of this is a moot point as to whether Santos can regain some of its former glory on Saturday. The man who was a scorecard away from a beating John Jones He’s only won once since that close call and he’s struggled to accumulate the kinds of performances that once made him one of the scariest knockout threats at both 205 and 185 pounds. On paper, he has the remarkable skills of giving Hill problems; In fact, Father Time could send a message to the 32-fight veteran.
In other key card actions, Vincent Lock Defending his place in the welterweight rankings against a resurgence Jeff NealAnd the 30- Death Finals go with Mohammad Othman (Younger brother of the UFC Champion Camaro Usman) fight Zack Baoga Heavyweight and veteran expert at Invicta FC Brogan Walker fighting Juliana Miller For the crown of the Flyweight Championship, heavyweight veteran Augustus Sakai Fighting the up and coming Sergey SpivakAnd the Ariane Lipsky Takes on Priscilla Cachoira In the fly weight opener.
what or what: UFC Vegas 59
where: UFC APEX in Las Vegas
Thiago Santos (12) vs. Jamahle Hill (14)
It hurts to say that: Thiago Santos was not the fighter he used to be.
Blame age (he turned 38 last January), blame the knee injuries Santos suffered for almost a surprise to Jon Jones, or blame the competition he had to face as an elite light heavyweight ( His next losses were the Battle of Jones to Magomed Anklaev, Aleksandar Rakic and Glover Teixeira), but the results simply weren’t there for “Marreta”. until his victory Johnnie Walker It was forgotten, gently.
So everything is set for Jamal Hill to deliver another showmanship. After the first consecutive round ended, he was given a name that still had enough shininess to lift it, but most likely not enough was left in the tank to threaten it. As long as he respected Santos’ strike, Hill wouldn’t find himself in much danger. He’s bigger, faster and at this point in their career, he’s more of a knockout threat than Santos.
forward and upward. Hill by K.O.
Vicente Luquet (9) vs. Jeff Neal
If the main event is supposed to be Hill’s show, the main entry is anything but Vicente Luque. This has the ingredients of a trap game.
Luque should be the pick against all but the best at 170 pounds (his latest loss? Belal MuhammadAnd the Stephen ThompsonAnd the Leon Edwards). How this fight is viewed depends on how high Neil’s ceiling is. At his best, he showed the same kind of explosive termination ability as Luque, he has no Luque record. Until now.
One of the main points of concern to Neal is the inconsistency in wrestling. Luque loves to stand up and blast, but he’s a versatile end player, and if he gets that to the floor, Neal will be toasted. This aspect of Luque’s game is what makes all the difference in this fight because standing competition can be a neglect, even considering Luque’s reputation as a killer on his feet.
I’m expecting an exciting start this time around with Luque eventually taking down Neil or overcoming a stampede and then winning the submission.
Muhammad Othman opposite Zack Baoja
Brogan Walker vs Juliana Miller
Ah yes, we can now discuss the real major event(s).
Don’t let the company’s hashtag fool you, this isn’t just UFC Vegas, it’s #TUF30Finale. That’s right, we have two 30 fights Next Saturday’s World Cup finals will start with heavyweights Brogan Walker and Juliana Miller, followed by heavyweights Mohamed Osman and Zach Baoga.
Let’s start with the adults.
Yes, Muhammad Usman is the younger brother of Camaro Usman. No, he doesn’t fight like a Camaro at all. Yes, there is a reason for being the underdog in this. Those familiar with Osman may remember seeing him for the last time Brandon Sayles in PFL. Wear well enough in TUF House with a pair of decision wins, but his semi-final win was a close gesture to Eduardo Perez that could have gone either way. Osman has the tools and training but rarely brings them together on fight night.
That wouldn’t fly against Zach Baoga, one of the season’s best strikers. He has solid fundamentals, good takedown defense, and the kind of relaxed attitude that would serve him well to move forward in the UFC heavyweight division. He will move forward after winning a convincing decision over Othman.
Walker vs. Miller is a tougher call. It could be said that Miller was the breakout star TUF 30, a talented newcomer who wears her heart on her sleeve and fights like a devil in a cage. She had only fought three battles before TUFbut on the show, she avenged the loss of her only supporter by defining her Claire Guthrie In one of the best fights of the season and then showcased a tough surrender match against her Caitlin Neal To book a ticket to the finals.
Having said that, it’s hard for me to choose against Walker’s experience. She has a nice looking win Miranda Maverick On her resume she has fought a higher level of competition than Miller up to this point. Miller could be an undiscovered gem like her TUF Fitness Trainer Juliana Pena It was when she dominated her own season, but it’s too soon to tell. Walker has the edge on her feet and I would be very impressed if Miller could control her on the ground.
I understand the hype surrounding Miller. Give me a walker for tribulation.
picking Baoja Walker
Augusto Sakai vs. Sergey Spivak
I have high chances of Sergey Spivak joining the likes Tom EspinalAnd the Alexander RomanovAnd the Sergei Pavlovich In discussing the best possibilities, he didn’t get an easy idea here. Even though Sakai is mired in a brutal period of knockout losses, he’s strong on his feet and I’m sure he was arguing that he eventually continues on the wrong side of the heavyweight coin flick.
Let’s simplify this and call it a striker vs. wrestler match because I think Sakai’s Muay Thai skills give him an edge on his feet, while Spivak’s aggressive wrestling gives him the edge on the carpet. Whoever gets to turn their gadgets on first, there’s your winner.
You know what kicked me out? Spivac come out to win Greg Hardy. Greg Hardy is no good. Now he has to recalibrate and face the top 25 heavyweights? This should upset your system. This fight seems funny to me.
Sakai stretches and quarrels his way to winning the decision.
Ariane Lipsky vs. Priscilla Cachoira
The unfortunate weight is missingThere is no reason to lose faith in Arian Lipsky in this match. She’s a better technical striker than Priscilla Cachoeira and she should be able to bring down Cachoeira whenever she wants. Cachoeira presents a challenge to anyone who would accept a fight with her, but even then it doesn’t look like she’s a striker so big that she can beat Lipski.
The other nod I’d give Cachoeira is that she has the legit authority of a 125er, which Lipski has to keep in mind. Lipski doesn’t have a history of getting bumped up on her feet, so look for her to avoid Cachoeira haymakers and scoop them up with counters or lay them on her back if the Cachoeira starts to have any success with her hands.
Kachoeira snuck out of the UFC APEX by winning the decision on her last outing, but Lipski will take the judges out of the equation on Saturday when she scores a win.