Russell Doane – This well rounded Hawaiian owns a 15-7 record in 22 career bouts consisting of seven knockouts, five submissions and three decisions. Doane possesses an excellent set of skills that have served him well throughout his tenure in the UFC. I would not be surprised if this fight ends up staying on the feet and going to the judges’ scorecards. I think that the key to victory for Doane lies in his ability to remain composed under pressure while avoiding the takedown. Doane’s last victory in the UFC came at UFN 111 in June 2017 where he defeated Kwan Ho Kwak via TKO in the first round. In Brazilian submission specialist Rani Yahya, Doane is facing an individual who holds 18 of his 24 career wins via submission. Yahya’s last victory in the UFC came at UFN 114 in August 2017 where he submitted Henry Briones in the first round via kimura.
Eric Shelton – An alumni of The Ultimate Fighter season 24 and pupil of MMA veteran Pete Spratt, Eric Shelton owns an 11-4 record in 15 career bouts consisting of five submissions, four decisions and two knockouts. I would not be shocked if this fight primarily ends up taking place on the ground. I think that the key to victory for Shelton will lie in his ability to put all of the aspects of his game together and adapt to adverse situations. Shelton’s last victory in the UFC came at UFN 121 in November 2017 where he defeated Jenel Lausa via unanimous decision. In Alex Perez, Shelton will be facing an opponent who holds a 19-4 record in 23 career bouts consisting of 10 decisions, six submissions and three knockouts. Perez’s last win in the UFC came at UFN 123 in December 2017 where he submitted Carls John de Tomas in the second round via anaconda choke.
Manny Bermudez – This undefeated prospect heads into his maiden voyage with the UFC riding a 10-0 record consisting of seven submissions, two decisions and one knockout. I think that the key to victory for Bermudez is going to be how well he exploits his opponent’s flaws by jumping on a submission. Bermudez’s last victory was a first-round submission over Bendy Casimir at Cage Titans 35 in August 2017. In Albert Morales, Bermudez is facing an opponent who holds a 7-3-1 record in 10 career bouts consisting of three submissions, two decisions two knockouts and a draw. Morales’s last victory with the UFC came at UFC 209 in March 2017 he defeated Andre Soukhamthath via split decision.