3, 2, 1: A week full of fun fights & phenomenal matchmaking
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Nowadays, there are so many options for fight fans to watch around the world thanks to UFC Fight Pass and other streaming platforms. This week alone, people can tune into UAE Warriors 22, Road FC 59, Combate Global, KSW 63, EFC 40, Fury FC 50, another UFC Fight Night, and more.
With options, comes questions; so The Scrap decided to put together a new column — a one stop shop titled ‘3, 2, 1.’ Most weeks we will feature three fights to watch, two fighters to keep an eye on, and one regional card you can’t miss.
3 FIGHTS TO WATCH
Ricky Bandejas vs. Kevin Cordero
After a shocking release from the Bellator promotion, Ricky Bandejas looks towards his next chapter with Combate Global. Already in the main event slot, all eyes will be on Bandejas come fight night. But looking to steal all that shine is the surging 21-year-old, Kevin Cordero who looks to make it 6-straight wins Friday night.
There is no doubt that there is a lot at stake in this matchup. It could very well be a title eliminator. All we know is, this has potential to be a Fight of the Year candidate and one of the best fights this week.
Tom Aspinall vs. Sergey Spivak
The heavyweights throw down in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night. The rising Tom Aspinall will take on a tough Sergey Spivak in what seems to be a pivotal matchup for both men. Aspinall has looked phenomenal since joining the UFC. He’s shown promise and the UFC seems to be behind him, helping build him slowly into a title contender. The 28-year-old prospect looks to make it 4-0 in the UFC and keep his 100% finishing rate under the promotion’s banner.
As for his opponent, Spivak looks to make it 4-straight when he takes on the English product on Saturday. Taking out some impressive names on his way too the top, Sergey isn’t one to look over either in this matchup. He will without a doubt be Aspinall’s toughest test to date, so you definitely don’t want to miss this one.
Jonathan Martinez vs. Marcelo Rojo
Now this should be a fun scrap! One that is likely one going under the radar this week. The card as a whole is pretty stacked, but on the prelims you’ll find this gem of a matchup between Jonathan Martinez and Marcelo Rojo.
Martinez will look to bounce back from his first loss via finish, while Rojo will look to get his first win in the UFC after losing his debut earlier this year. Both are fun to watch and it’s truly one of the more evenly matched fights on the card. It may sound like a broken record at this point, but this is NOT a fight you want to miss so make sure you tune in on time as it’s the card opener.
2 FIGHTERS TO WATCH
The party has officially arrived in the UFC! If they don’t already know him, they will after this weekend’s UFC Fight Night. Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett makes his long awaited debut with all eyes on him, as it should be. Currently on a 12-fight win steak, Paddy enters the octagon as one of the few newest signings coming out of the Cage Warriors promotion. With 9 of those 12 coming via finish, you know fans are in for a treat.
He’s exciting, he’s fun to watch, and he’s a character you won’t forget. Make sure you U.S. fans tune into an early edition of Fight Night this Saturday to watch Liverpool’s boy in his first UFC fight.
Now this is a fun flyweight to keep an eye on this week and moving forward. Paris Moran is coming off a KO of the Year against Shawn Solis and he will look to continue his momentum into Fury FC’s card on Sunday evening. Not only does he have a fan-friendly fight style, he really is as game as they come taking on DWCS veteran, Nate Smith who steps in on short notice.
We think the fight has potential to steal the show. Though only 4-1 in his pro career, Moran has shown a very well-rounded skillset over his 9 fights, and true star potential. Big things are just one fight away for the young Texas prospect.
1 REGIONAL CARD TO WATCH
EFC 40 is honestly one of the best cards from start to finish we have available to watch this week. You have the big boys Vladimir Dayneko and Anthony Hamilton in the main event. A grappling bout in the co-main event, and prospects like Hussain Bakhsh Safari, Rasul Mammaev, Uzair Abdurakov, and Khabib Nabiev; along with a fun scrap between undefeated prospects Umar Kunakbiev and Ramazan Amaev.
With 12 bouts in total scheduled, it’s a card you don’t want to miss. If you’re in the United States you may have to stay up to watch it. But we promise it’ll be worth it.