The underrated fights to watch at UFC Fight Night 154 in Greenville, South Carolina
On Saturday, June 22, UFC will be making its way to Greenville, South Carolina for Fight Night 154: Korean Zombie vs Moicano. Here are my underrated fights to watch for the weekend’s fight card:
Ariane Lipski vs Molly McCann
Curitiba, Brazil’s own Ariane ‘Violence Queen’ Lipski entered the UFC on a 9-fight win streak. Her overall professional record was 11-3 and she had only been finished once ever. Which still stands true to this day. In her UFC debut, she fought rising contender Joanne Calderwood, where she dropped a unanimous decision after 3 rounds of action. Five months later, she is set to take on fellow division contender, Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann.
Quite similar to Lipski, Molly McCann entered the UFC on a 6-fight win streak. She held a professional record of 7-1 and had never been stopped in her pro career. In her UFC debut, she fought Gillian Robertson on the Thompson vs Till undercard and lost by submission. Since then, McCann has bounced back with another win. She fought recent flyweight debut Priscila Cachoeira and won the fight by unanimous decision.
Both of these ladies are still fairly new to the UFC banner but are proven competitors in the cage. McCann holds 4 KOs under her belt. Lipski holds 6 KOs and 2 submissions under her belt. This fight is going to be excellent and you don’t want to miss it!
Andrea Lee vs Montana De La Rosa
Invicta standout Andrea Lee entered the UFC on a 4-fight win streak and it hasn’t stopped since. She has fought twice in the UFC, including her debut and won both fights by unanimous decision. Her overall professional record now stands at 10-2, including 2 KOs and 4 submissions. In her most recent fight, she battled fellow division contender, Ashlee Evans-Smith, who she defeated by unanimous decision after 3 rounds of action.
Her opponent, Montana De La Rosa, has shown to be a force in this division so far. She entered the UFC with a 7-4 record, before winning at the TUF 26 Finale against Christina Marks. De La Rosa managed to finish the fight by first-round submission. In her next fight, De La Rosa fought on the TUF 27 Finale, where she landed another impressive finish. She stopped Rachael Ostovich by third-round submission.
In her most recent fight, De La Rosa fought Nadia Kassem on the Adesanya vs Silva undercard. She won the fight by second-round submission.
Lee is currently riding a 6-fight win streak, including two wins in the UFC. De La Rosa is currently riding a 4-fight win streak, including two submission wins on TUF and a submission win at UFC 234. De La Rosa now has 8 submission wins under her belt. This fight is going to a great one so be sure to tune in.
Deron Winn vs Eric Spicely
American Kickboxing Academy stand-out, the undefeated, 5-0 prospect Deron Winn will be taking on Eric Spicely in Greenville. Winn was originally supposed to be fighting Markus Perez, until Perez had to pull from the fight with an injury.
Winn’s new opponent, Eric Spicely, has been a bit up and down since entering the UFC in 2016. He holds a professional record of 12-4, including 4 KOs and 6 submissions. After losing his UFC debut, Spicely went on to win back-to-back fights in his next two. This includes a submission win over the current light heavyweight title challenger, Thiago Santos. Spicely defeated Thiago Santos by first-round submission in July of 2016, back when Santos was still fighting at middleweight. Spicely then lost 3 straight fights in a row, only to win his next two and slide into a fight with Deron Winn.
The NCAA wrestling stand-out and American Kickboxing Academy native, Deron Winn, currently holds a professional record of 5-0. Out of those five wins, four of which have came by way of TKO. In his most recent fight, Winn fought UFC vet Tom Lawlor, on the Golden Boy MMA promoted Liddell vs Ortiz 3 fight card. This fight was the first time in Winn’s career that he went to the judges scorecards. He won the fight by unanimous decision. Prior to that fight, Winn had sort of bounced around fighting in different promotions, defeating fighters all over. All four of the previous fights ended by TKO, never making it out of the first round. Before the Lawlor fight, Winn fought Ahmed White at Bellator 199, securing an impressive first-round finish.
Both of these men possess finishing power and bring the war out every time they fight. Spicely is on a little hot streak of his own lately and Deron Winn will be looking to make a big statement in his UFC debut. You don’t want to miss this fight!
All of the action will be going down LIVE June 22, only on ESPN+.
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