The UFC is again on pay-per-view and again in entrance of a stay crowd this weekend at UFC 262. There might be a brand new light-weight champion not named Khabib Nurmagomedov or Conor McGregor for the primary time in over 5 years. Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira will struggle for the vacant title. With Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards being bumped to June, Tony Ferguson and Beneil Dariush would be the co-main occasion in what must be a improbable struggle. Nonetheless, in the event you look previous the primary and co-main occasion, there are some under-the-radar storylines.
The Return of Sean Soriano
Soriano makes his return to the UFC after a six-year absence. Oh, and it’s on quick discover. He initially made his UFC debut again in 2014 in opposition to Tatsuya Kawajiri at UFC Struggle Night time: Saffiedine vs. Lim. Soriano would lose in opposition to Kawajiri after which lose his subsequent two fights in opposition to Chas Skelly and Charles Rosa, main him to get launched. Soriano would spend the following six years busting his ass on the regional scene, making an attempt to get again. Nicely, the entire grinding and onerous work paid off as a result of he’s again. Soriano is on a three-fight profitable streak and might be trying to notch his first UFC win.
The Debut of Tucker Lutz
Tucker “Prime Gun” Lutz makes his UFC debut after being awarded a contract on season 4 of Dana White’s Contender Collection final 12 months. He truly fought and received twice on the season. The primary time was in opposition to Chase Gibson, however UFC President Dana White was impressed sufficient with the unanimous determination win and requested he come again two months later. “Prime Gun” would come again and dominantly defeat Sherrard Blackledge to win the contract. Lutz misplaced his skilled debut however is now on an 11-fight win streak – solely being to the choose’s scorecards 3 times.
There are three fighters on the UFC prelims on a three-fight dropping streak and desperately want a win, or else their time within the UFC will come to an finish. It’s loopy to assume Jacaré Souza is on a dropping streak, not to mention a three-fight skid. The MMA veteran is on the final leg of his profession, and if he wins, I wouldn’t be shocked if he left his gloves within the octagon. He must win, although. It isn’t like he’s dropping to scrubs both. Jacare has misplaced to Kevin Holland, present gentle heavyweight champion Jan Błachowicz, and middleweight contender Jack Hermansson. Andrea Lee, like Jacare, has misplaced to nothing however high contenders however is in must-win mode. Joanne Calderwood, Roxanne Modafferi, Lauren Murphy are the names that beat Lee, however you’ll be able to argue she received not less than a type of. She faces Antonina Shevchenko this weekend. Kevin Aguilar is the third fighter who must win. Aguilar began 2-0 within the UFC however has misplaced each struggle since.
Jamie Pickett vs. Jordan Wright
The Night time Wolf vs. The Beverly Hills Ninja goes down on Saturday, and greater than seemingly, it is not going to be going all three rounds. Pickett holds an 81% end charge, whereas Wright holds a 100% end charge. They each are Dana White’s Contender Collection alumni, with Pickett profitable a contract final season. Each fighters are coming off a loss, with Pickett trying to get his first UFC win. Enjoyable struggle incoming.
Mike Grundy’s Third UFC struggle
Grundy makes his U.S. debut at UFC 262 and is trying to make a press release. The English fighter had his nine-fight win streak snapped final 12 months in opposition to Movsar Evloev on ‘Struggle Island.’ Earlier than his loss, Grundy received his UFC debut in opposition to Nad Narimani in 2019, profitable by way of TKO. Grundy is likely one of the greatest wrestlers within the featherweight division and has a 75% end charge. Aside from his TKO win in his UFC debut, all of his finishes have come by submission. Grundy faces Landa Vannata, who’s as sport as anybody within the promotion and can also be trying to bounce again from a loss.
Can Viviane Araújo Steal The Flyweight Title Shot?
This can be a complete hypothetical state of affairs however hear me out. Araujo fights Katlyn Chookagian, who’s ranked No. 2 within the flyweight division and is definitely top-of-the-line flyweights within the division, not named Valentina Shevchenko. IF Araujo goes on the market and dominates or finishes the previous title challenger violently, does she skip the road?
Lauren Murphy vs. Joanne Calderwood taking place at UFC 263 subsequent month, which is the No. 1 contender struggle – and if Murphy wins, she will get the following shot, no questions requested. BUT if Calderwood wins…does she deserve the title shot?
A dominant win over Chookagian or a win over Murphy. Which holds extra weight? Fascinating instances are forward within the flyweight division.
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