Guide to the Prelims: UFC 251
Fight Island is officially open for business, with UFC 251 setting the stage for a busy July in the UFC.
The Fight Island’s existence had been debated before announcing the location, Yas Island. At the same time, the photos of the venue under construction were released, and the debate was no more. Fight Island will debut with 3 title fights, on what could be the card of 2020.
Here is your UFC 251 Guide to the Prelims:
Martin Day vs. Davey Grant (bantamweight)
Day has not had the ideal start to his UFC career. His debut resulted in a split decision loss, which was followed by three straight fight cancellations. This fight will be his first since 2018.
Day is very tall at bantamweight, and is usually the longer fighter. Grant is a veteran from TUF Season 18. While he is 2-3 in the UFC, he has quite the resume. He has been around since 2013 for a reason.
Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Raulian Paiva #14 (flyweight)
Zhumagulov will make his UFC debut riding a 4-fight win streak. The Russian has shown the ability to finish, and go to decision with a nearly equal distribution across 13 professional wins. Paiva is a product of Contender Series (DWCS). He came into the UFC and faced some of top-level fighters. He is 1-2 in the UFC, but his 2 losses came from fighters that have numbers next to their names today.
Marcin Tybura vs. Maxim Grishin (heavyweight)
Tybura has been a veteran of the UFC since 2016, and that kind of longevity at heavyweight is noteworthy. Grishin makes the jump up from light heavyweight to make his UFC debut. Grishin comes to the UFC from the PFL. This fight could serve as another test to see how PFL fighters match up against UFC talent.
Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov (lightweight)
Santos, at 40 years old, has not lost a fight since 2009. Bogatov’s debut as an amateur in 2016. Santos’ experience will speak for itself, and should serve him well in this match-up.
The undefeated Bogatov will make his UFC debut, to test his mat game at the highest level. This fight will end up on the mat, and fans will see two high-level technicians try to prove their style is superior. A grappler’s delight.
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry (featherweight)
This fight needs to be seen. It will feature two fighters that are well rounded, and there should be action at every turn. In 34 professional fights between the two, only 6 fights have required judges. Both fighters are capable, and actively searching for the finish at all points during the fight. Amirkhani had a number next to his name not long ago, and hopes to get one back.