UFC makes its return to Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, October 18th.
The duration of the card will be shown on ESPN+, with the prelims starting at 6:00pm ET and the main card at 9:00pm ET. There are 4 fighters who will make a short trip to the TD Garden, and hope that the hometown support will propel them above their competition.
Here is a list of hometown favorites:
Kyle “Crash” Bochniak
Kyle Bochniak faces off against Sean Woodson. He fights out of Boston, and looks to show off his New England grit in his back yard.
He has lost his last 2 fights, but against some high level competition. Bochniak has never been finished, and always puts on a show for the fans. He is willing to take a punch to land a punch.
“Crash” has an 8-4 overall record, and he’s 2-4 in the UFC. Let it be known, he is a much better fighter than his record shows. The crowd favorite in any arena, will surely receive a warm welcome.
Randy “The Zohan” Costa
Randy Costa sets up for a fight vs. Boston Salmon after coming off the first loss of his career in April. Costa fights out of Joe Lauzon’s gym, and is from Taunton, MA.
He will be trying to bounce back inside TD Garden and you know what they, “there’s no place like home”. Costa will look to add another KO to his record in front of a hometown crowd.
Manny “The Bermurdez Triangle” Bermudez
Manny Bermudez takes on Charles Rosa. “The Bermudez Triangle” will be making the trip from Rockland, MA. Bermudez is coming off his first professional loss, and makes a quick turn around just 2 months after his last fight.
Bermudez has 11 submissions on his resume, and will surely be looking for another in this fight. He is only 25 years old, but has a seasoned 14-1 professional record. A win here would do a lot for Bermudez as he looks to aim for the top-15 at featherweight heading into 2020.
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Charles “Boston Strong” Rosa
Rosa is making his first appearance since 2017 to face fellow New Englander, Manny Bermudez. Rosa has been fighting out of Florida, but is roots are in Massachusetts, haling from Peabody.
Rosa is 2-3 in the UFC after going undefeated in other promotions, boasting an overall 11-3 record as a professional. Rosa has finished most of his wins as a professional, but has not gotten a finish since 2015. Injuries have somewhat derailed Rosa, but he will be looking to make a statement in his return to the UFC after his 2 year layoff.
Joe “J-LAU” Lauzon
The New England legend makes his return to the octagon after 18 months off against Jonathan Pearce. He’s a native of Bridgewater, MA and he’s a real veteran of the UFC, fighting for the organization since 2006.
Lauzon has a 27-15 professional record, but is on a 3-fight slide recently. The hope is that the home field advantage will lift him to a victory. With 19 victories by submission in his career, he should look to use his advanced ground game to bring home a win.
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