On June 22, the 12th event of the ESPN Plus era will see the UFC’S debut in the state of South Carolina. Here are three fighters looking to make the promotion’s debut in the Carolinas an event to remember.
First becoming known to UFC fans on the first season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2017, Dan Ige heads into UFC On ESPN 12 having won his last three UFC outings, the most recent being a first-round submission of Danny Henry that earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus at UFC On ESPN Plus 5 in March 2019, Ige holds a 11-2 record with eight of those wins having been a finish the featherweight is comfily at ease on the ground and his feet . I expect the key to a win for Ige will be his ability to grind out his opponent then pounce once he slips up Expect a late second or early third round stoppage in this one. In fellow DWTNCS alumni Kevin Aguilar, he will be squaring off with a foe who garners a 17-1 record with 11 finishes. Aguilar’s last UFC appearance was a unanimous decision victory over Enrique Barzola at UFC On ESPN 2 in March 2019.
An alumnus of Invicta FC and LFA, Andrea Lee has earned a victory in both of her UFC appearances thus far the last one being a decision win over Ashlee Evans Smith in February 2019 at UFC On ESPN 1. With four of her wins coming via submission, Lee’s key to a victory will lie in her being able to take her opponent down at will and keeping a steady barrage of pressure on her and taking control when an opportunity arises. Expect either a third-round stoppage or decision in this one. In fellow submission specialist Montana De La Rosa, Lee will face a foe who has earned eight submissions out of her 10 wins. De La Rosa’s last victory in the UFC was a second-round submission of Nadia Kassem at UFC 234 in February 2019.
Having won back to back fights in the UFC, Kevin Holland is riding a wave of momentum heading into UFC On ESPN Plus 12. With 13 finishes in his 14 victories, Holland’s key to a victory will lie in him being able to sustain a higher volume of pace throughout the contest. Holland’s last UFC win was a split decision win at UFC On ESPN 2 in March 2019 against Gerald Meerschaert. In Alessio Di Chirico, Holland is facing a well-rounded opponent with submission and knockout wins. His last UFC victory was a split decision win over Julian Marquez in July 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter season 27 finale.