UFC makes their return to Pennsylvania as Justin Gaethje takes on Edson Barboza in the night’s main event.
There are always big fights everyone is looking forward to in fight cards so below are few fights that you might not expect to wow you, but might surprise you. Check out some underrated fights to watch at UFC Philadelphia this weekend.
1. Alex Perez (#7) vs Mark De La Rosa (Bantamweight)
UFC bantamweights go head-to-head in the opening fight of the night, as Alex Perez meets Mark ‘Bumblebee’ De La Rosa. Perez holds a professional record of 21-5, having been on an 8-fight win streak before having it snapped vs Joseph Benavidez last November. Perez has 4 KOs, 6 submissions and 11 decision wins. He holds a UFC record of 4-1, if you want to count his one victory on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. His opponent, De La Rosa, holds a professional record of 11-1, with a UFC record of 2-1. He began his professional career on a 9-fight win streak, before having it snapped by Tim Elliott in his first UFC fight.
This bantamweight clash is sure to kick off the night in impressive fashion!
2. Kennedy Nzechukwu vs Paul Craig (Light Heavyweight)
UFC 205ers collide as Kennedy Nzechukwu takes on Paul Craig in his UFC debut. Nzechukwu holds a professional record of 6-0, with 4 KOs and 2 decisions. He has won his last three fights, all by way of TKO. His last performance was last August on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, where he finished Dennis Bryant inside the first round. His opponent, Paul ‘Bearjew’ Craig, holds a professional record of 10-3, with 1 KO and 9 submissions. Craig began his career on a 9-0 run until having it snapped in his second UFC fight, against LHW contender Tyson Pedro. Craig has a UFC record of 2-3. His last performance was in December 2018, where he lost to LHW prospect Jim Crute by submission.
Both of these guys have something to prove in the UFC and with that, I think this fight will blow the roof off of the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.
3. Ray Borg (#3-Flyweight) vs Casey Kenney (Bantamweight)
UFC flyweight contender Ray ‘Tazmexican Devil’ Borg will be moving up to the bantamweight division to take on former LFA Champion and prospect, Casey Kenney. Borg holds a professional record of 11-3, with 1 KO, 6 submissions and 4 decisions. He holds a UFC record of 5-3. We last saw Borg in the Octagon against Demetrious Johnson, for the flyweight title. Borg was unsuccessful but is surely looking to come back and make a statement with a win. His opponent, LFA’s Casey Kenney, will be making his UFC debut against Borg. Kenney holds a professional record of 11-1, with 2 KOs, 4 submissions and 5 decisions. His one and only loss came in 2017, where he lost by way of decision. Kenney has never been stopped in his 12-fight career. Kenney last fought on March 22nd, 2019, against another LFA prospect, Vince Cachero where Kenney won the fight by way of knockout. This fight with Borg will be an extremely quick turn-around and a big test for Kenney.
Between Borg coming back to the UFC after a long lay-off, and Kenney making his UFC debut, I believe this fight will be fireworks!