Guide to Prelims: UFC 248

UFC 248 has some fighters on the prelims that may find themselves to be household names in short order. Undefeated fighters have a chance to give their name some recognition, and the return of a young star.

Deron Winn vs. Gerald Meerschaert (Middleweight)

Winn comes into this fight off his first loss as a professional in MMA. Now 6-1, Winn hopes to show that his split decision loss was a fluke. Coming out of AKA, and being friends with DC, everyone knows Winn can wrestle with the best. Even though he is small for a Middleweight (5’6″), he can manage on his feet. Meerschaert (GM3) will be significantly taller, and has over 40 professional fights. Will GM3 be able to keep Winn at range, or will Winn be able to get his hands on GM3?

Mark Madsen vs. Austin Hubbard (Lightweight)

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Madsen is an Olympic level wrestler. He takes his opponent to the mat, and submits them, beats them unconscious, or controls the fight to a decision win. He is undefeated using his methods, and why change things up when it has worked this well so far? Hubbard lost his UFC debut, but bounced back with a win to finish 1-1 in 2019. Hubbard will hope to hand Madsen his first loss as a professional in MMA.

Rodolfo Vieira vs. Saparbeg Safarov (Middleweight)

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Vieira is know as “The Black Belt Hunter”. In my opinion, that is a nickname that makes makes me want to have this guy as a friend… not an enemy. He is undefeated as a professional in MMA, and won his UFC debut via submission. Should not come as a surprise. Safarov has been in the UFC since 2016, but has not been very active. He has had a bit of bad luck with fight cancellations in his UFC tenure. Being 1-2 in the UFC, and 4 fight cancellations, Safarov may be fighting for a job.

Jose Quiñones vs. Sean O’Malley (Bantamweight)

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This is a main card fight. Both fighters are more than willing to stand and trade leather. Quiñones has earned his stay in the UFC, and has been with the promotion since 2014. Quiñones puts on a show every time he steps in the cage with his willingness to stand and trade. O’Malley has more hype than many prospects coming into the UFC, and his awaited return is long overdue. O’Malley has not fought since 2018 due to failed drug tests. He has been active however, competing in grappling bouts, which is sure to add even more weapons to the already dangerous fighter.