A preview of the UFC 295 main card:
The much-awaited Madison Square Garden card taking place in New York City is finally taking place. Changes to the main event and disruptions on the way, it is finally here. The card contains 2 title fights with many contender matchups on the way. A lot on the line here is a preview of the highly anticipated main card.
Diego Lopes VS Pat Sabatini:
This will be Sabatini’s 7th matchup in the UFC as he hopes to go 6-1 and start a lengthy win streak. Sabatini recently defeated Lucas Almeida via submission. Furthermore, he has a good relationship with Paul Felder having both come from Pennsylvania. Sabatini looks to derail Lopes’ hype and emerging fanbase. In Contrast, Lopes has become a fan favorite on social media, as a result of his brilliant performance against Movsar Evloev on short notice. He put up an impressive performance displaying great defensive grappling. Lopes continued his form with a win over Gavin Tucker solidifying his spot in the UFC. This fight gives both men opportunity to rise up the rankings in what could be an end-to-end war in the featherweight division.
Matt Frevola VS Benoit Saint-Denis:
Following back-to-back losses to Tsarukyan and McKinney, Frevola has come back going on a 3 fight-win streak. He has now found himself #14th ranked at lightweight after defeating Drew Dober at UFC 288. The hometown hero hopes to display a captivating performance to his home crowd like he did at UFC 281 and 288. This won’t be an easy fight as he faces Saint-Denis. Saint-Denis is on a 4 fight win streak, having recently defeated Thiago Moises in front of a packed-out crowd in Paris. Denis holds a lot of hype and looks to surge up the rankings. He is still young at 27 years old and has an array of finishes in the UFC with 2 knockouts and 2 submissions. Coming off a fight of the night honor at UFC Paris previously. He wants to continue the win streak and a win on Saturday night will give him a ranking.
Mackenzie Dern VS Jessica Andrade:
Dern, a master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, looks to follow her win over Angela Hill. Andrade will be her toughest test to date but a win on Saturday night catapults her into the title picture. A long and experienced career in the UFC for Dern gives her a good advantage. Andrade having lost her last 3 fights in a row could be seen as a must-win for Dern. Despite this Andrade has fought the best in the division for years. Multiple title fights with Namajunas and Andrade give her great experience in battling adversity. Close fights with Namajunas could have seen her champion but never happened. Now Andrade finds herself on a 3 fight skid and needs change in order to beat her Brazilian compatriot.
Sergei Pavlovich VS Tom Aspinall:
The interim UFC heavyweight clash replacing Jones vs Miocic sees the young and hungry heavyweights go head to head. A short noticed battle with 2 fighters with the lowest octagon duration rarely making it past 3 minutes. Aspinall comes on short notice like his Mancunian friend Michael Bisping. Aspinall since his horrific injury fought Tybura and demolished him showing he is great in the division. He’s quick and moves like a middleweight which isn’t normal for a heavyweight. He signifies a new breed of heavyweight going to the top. His opponent Sergei Pavlovich, is a knockout artist. Finishing Tuivasa, Lewis, and Blaydes shows his perfect power. Pavlovich will look to use his heavy hands to finish Aspinall. The opposite styles of the 2 fighters create a very intriguing matchup for the viewer. The heavy hands of Pavlovich and the quick, light-on-the-feet style from Aspinall.
Jiri Prochazka VS Alex Pereira
The much-awaited return of Prochazka as he takes on the former middleweight champion Pereira. High-quality striking should be put on display given their history and styles. Prochazka coming back from one of the worst injuries in UFC history. He returns just a year after his title victory. The once champion looks to do it again. Pereira wants to avenge teammate Glover Teixeira. The kickboxing of Pereira is elite and he will want to exercise that on the night. Poatan coming off the back of his win against Jan Blachowicz, a brilliant display of his sensational skill set. Endless possibilities in this bout considering the unorthodox and effective striking of Jiri. In contrast to the power and technique of Pereira using the leg kicks.