Inside the featured bout on the main card at UFC 278, former featherweight champion Jose Aldo (31-7 MMA, 13-6 UFC) takes on Merab Dvalishvili (14-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in a pivotal bantamweight bout, as every combatants are on the cusp of competing for a establish.
Dropping his first two fights at bantamweight, Aldo has came upon his footing at 135 pounds and is using a three-fight win streak, defeating Marlon Vera, Pedro Munhoz and Rob Font on his approach to turning into the No. 3-ranked contender.
The room for error for the 35-year-old former champion is slowly final, however, and a loss at UFC 278 may close the door on a last likelihood to drawback for the bantamweight establish. Alternatively Aldo’s exceptional takedown coverage and however evolving standup makes him a big risk for the Georgian.
Coming to take his spot inside of the most productive 5 is No. 6 contender Dvalishvili, a teammate of the dept’s provide champion Aljamain Sterling. Earning “Potency of the Evening time” honors against Marlon Moraes final fall, Dvalishvili showed an ability to rally after being hurt to earn his first TKO victory inside the UFC. Fighting for most simple 3 rounds on Saturday, Dvalishvili’s exceptional cardio and wrestling may also be pricey for the Brazilian striker if he can not find early good fortune stuffing takedowns.
Whoever wins, they will be staring at their television in moderation for the next couple months as Cory Sandhagen fights Song Yadong for his spot in line for a establish shot. Then, Sterling defends his belt against T.J. Dillishaw inside the co-main event at “UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Mahkachev” in October, while easiest contender Petr Yan not easy scenarios Sean O’Malley that exact same night time.
With any such lot movement on the most productive of the bantamweight division, any winner among the ones upcoming matchups may have a chance to battle for the bantamweight strap, along with Aldo if he can get a decisive victory this weekend.
Expect a fast-starting, amusing revel in in this bantamweight matchup between two combatants decided for a chance to be the best 135-pound fighter on this planet.
4. Alexandr Romanov turns out to extend his undefeated file
Moreover on the main card, No. 13 ranked heavyweight contender Alexandr Romanov (16-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) will try to extend his report back to 17-0 against Marcin Tybura (22-7 MMA, 9-6 UFC). Turning into a member of the UFC in 2020, Romanov right away showed that he belonged a number of the best heavyweights on this planet.
In his debut, Romanov dominated Roque Martinez, earning a second-round submission victory. The main eye-catching trait was once how briefly Romanov moved on his ft, landing jumping knees and putting constant energy on his opponent.
In his final day travel, combating Chase Sherman in April, Romanov weighed in at as regards to 35 pounds underneath the divisional limit of 265 pounds. Irrespective of having the load drawback against Sherman, he was once able to price forward and secure a lightning-quick takedown most simple 20 seconds into the bout.
From then on, Romanov outclassed Sherman on the mat, controlling him with heavy energy, and transitioning simply until one day reaching whole mount. Landing devastating ground-and-pound, Sherman had no variety on the other hand to offer protection to the strikes, leaving an arm exposed for a keylock that Romanov took easy advantage of.
With the blueprint to be an elite fighter inside the heavyweight division, Romanov should take a look at himself against his first ranked opponent in Tybura. But if Romanov can get an early takedown and make quick art work of a sixth right away foe, there is no question that Romanov should be inside of the most productive 10 and combating further of the dept’s best possible in no time.