Contender Assortment 2022: Week 3 preview, weigh-in results
Bo Nickal (1-0) is in a little bit little bit of an abnormal situation proper right here.
An accomplished and decorated wrestler, he’s main eventing a Conteder Assortment card in what is most simple his second professional MMA bout. A win proper right here — in particular an excessively decisive one — might land him in a actually great spot on the main roster of a middleweight division that may use some bolstering. His wins as an authorized have come by the use of a submission and the other two by way of strikes, so he’s not some one-dimensional wrestler or by-the-numbers wrestleboxer. This kid usually is a big possibility in brief order, then again you get to see him proper right here first.
And it seems like several problems are leading to an eventual win for Nickal, making an allowance for his opponent Zack Borrego (3-0) doesn’t have near to the an identical background. Plus, he overpassed weight for this struggle, which is not a very good sign. Borrego is a big underdog proper right here for terribly, superb explanation why. 3-0 on the Texas circuit will also be first fee, in particular with some newbie fights underneath your belt. But it surely unquestionably’s a rough freeway ahead for him towards Nickal.
Jamal Pogues (8-3) has toiled spherical in Bellator, Gladiator Drawback and LFA, and has fought a mixed bag of opponents. A decent sprawl and a couple of heavy fingers have been his allies for some time, and moving once more up to heavyweight (after a Contender Assortment win in 2019) might be his price tag to finally getting into the UFC.
To do that, he should defeat Paulo Renato Jr (10-1), a Brazilian brawler that is also heavyset and hits pretty laborious. Alternatively as (nearly) at all times, there’s major crimson flags proper right here.
Renato’s got a not-so-impressive file, even though. Fighting guys which can be 6-9, 6-10 and 6-14 makes you surprise what he’s in a position for. Pogues is athletic enough and packs some firepower, so Renato should dig deep proper right here to earn a win.
Edgar Chairez (8-3) has been a fear on the Mexican scene, and in recent years was seen on Embedded training together with his friend Brandon Moreno. He’s lanky then again has snappy punches, great lateral movement and long-guy submission art work.
His opponent is Clayton Chippie (get your Clay Guida jokes in now, please). Sitting pretty at 5-0, he’s got an excessively, very complete skillset together with his submissions and strikes. Chippie trains out of the MMA Lab in Arizona, and has fought some first fee opposition in his time as a certified.
This should be struggle of the night time in my ideas, no question. Each and every may also be excellent additions to the flyweight division, which is wanting an infusion at this stage.
Proper right here’s highlights of the weigh-ins courtesy of the group of workers over at MMAJunkie:
Entire card is as follows:
Bo Nickal (186.0) vs. Zachary Borrego (187.5)* – Middleweight
Jamal Pogues (248.5) vs. Paulo Renato Jr. (221.0) – Heavyweight
Erik Silva (146.0) vs. Anvar Boynazarov (144.0) – Featherweight
Edgar Chairez (124.5) vs. Clayton Chippie (125.0) – Flyweight
Sandra Lavado (116.0) vs. Karolina Wojcik (115.5)
Dana White’s Contender Assortment brightens up your week this Tuesday night time starting at 8:00pm EST. This event streams live and only on ESPN+.