Here is where you will find the hidden gems in the UFC, you do not want to miss these fights.
UFC loves to stack up their PPV cards. Most of the PPVs in 2019 were incredible from start to finish. The cards would open with a bang and set the tone, and the card would continue to impress. Fighters who showcase themselves on the undercard tend to find themselves on the main card.
Here is your guide to the UFC 247 prelims.
Andre Ewell vs. Jonathan Martinez (Bantamweight)
Ewell “Daii” entered the UFC in 2018 and has a 2-2 record with the promotion. Daii has done nothing but impress in his UFC tenure. His two losses came in late finishes, but impressed throughout the fights. He has shown that he wants to put on a show and has skills to do it. Ewell will be the much taller fighter in this match-up, and will look to use that and a likely speed advantage against Martinez. Riding a 2-fight win streak, the young Martinez is ever-improving. He is also starting to get more comfortable on the mic to promote himself.
Miles Johns vs. Mario Bautista (Bantamweight)
Johns is an undefeated prospect from the Contender Series (DWCS) pipeline. While he has yet to find a finish for UFC fans, he has put in dominant performances that show the potential is there. He will look to continue his dominance against Bautista. With only one loss on his record, Bautista is no push over. His only loss came to Corey Sandhagen, where he should have won. Sandhagen just refuses to tap… or snap… and Bautista wore out chasing a submission that would have finished any other fighter on the roster.
Trevin Giles vs. Antônio Arroyo (Middleweight)
We are not far removed from Giles being the next big MMA prospect to hit the UFC. Giles started his pro career off 11-0 while still being a police officer. In 2019 he began to fight full-time, but he did not see results in the way of wins. Once a hot prospect, now on a 2-fight slide, all it will take for the hype train to return is one big win. Arroyo is another DWCS alum with big hopes and potential. His debut did not go his way, as his opponent was changed twice before stepping into the cage. Giles may be fighting for his UFC career, and Arroyo will want to make a name for himself.
Lauren Murphy (#7) vs. Andrea Lee (#8) (Flyweight)
This is an incredible fight. With a long injury history, Murphy has made a career out of being the underdog, and that will likely continue despite her explosive return to the octagon in 2019. Lee suffered her first loss in the UFC, in her last bout. A win here would keep her close to the belt.
This fight will have major title implications.