On Saturday, June 29TH, UFC will be making its return to Minneapolis, Minnesota for UFC on ESPN 3: Ngannou vs dos Santos.
Here are the underrated fights to watch for the fight card this weekend:
Amanda Ribas vs Emily Whitmire
UFC strawweights will be in action as Brazilian prospect and UFC debut Amanda Ribas battles Emily Whitmire. Ribas was originally signed to the UFC back in 2017, where she was scheduled to fight at the TUF 25 Finale. However, she was pulled from the fight and given a 2-year suspension from USADA, after test results came back and showed trace amounts of a banned substance in her system. USADA later came back and terminated her suspension before the full 24 months, citing ‘supplement contamination’ as cause for the violation.
Ribas cleared her name and managed to get a fight booked right away. She holds a professional record of 6-1, including 3 KO and 2 submissions. She began her pro career on a 5-fight win streak, managing a 5-0 record. This streak came to a halt when she fought Polyana Viana, losing the fight by first-round KO. In her most recent fight, shortly after, she fought Jennifer Gonzalez Araneda and won by second-round TKO.
Her opponent, Emily ‘Spitfire’ Whitmire, holds a professional record of 4-2. She also fought on Season 26 of the TUF, where she managed to go 1-1 in 2 fights. She began her pro career by going 2-2 in her first four fights. The fourth, being a loss to Gillian Robertson at the TUF 26 Final via first-round submission. Since then, Whitmire has been quite impressive, winning her first two fights in the UFC. She fought Jamie Moyle in her UFC debut, managing to win the fight by decision after 3 rounds. Following that, she fought Aleksandra Albu at UFC on ESPN 1 and won the fight by first-round submission.
With Ribas looking to show up and impress in her long-awaited UFC debut and Whitmire looking to keep a win streak alive, expect a great fight between these two! You definitely don’t want to miss out on this one.
Eryk Anders vs Vinicius Moreira
UFC 205ers collide as Eryk Anders takes on DWCS stand out and recent UFC debut Vinicius Moreira. Anders just recently made the move up to the light heavyweight division. This is just his second fight in the division so far. He holds a professional record of 11-4, including 7 KOs and 1 submission. He entered the UFC with a perfect 8-0 record and then tacked on 2 more, after going 2-0 in the UFC. Since then, Anders lost 4 of his last 5 fights.
His opponent, Vinicius Moreira, holds a professional record of 9-2, including 8 wins by submission. He held an 8-1 record before debuting on DWCS, where he defeated John Allan Arte by second-round submission. He fell short in his UFC debut, losing to fellow prospect Alonzo Menifield by first-round TKO.
Both of these men are in need of a big win to bring their stock back up. Expect to see fireworks when these two collide on Saturday night.
Journey Newson vs Ricardo Ramos
UFC bantamweights clash as rising prospect and UFC debut Journey Newson takes on Ricardo Ramos. Newson holds a professional record of 7-1, including 4 finishes, 3 of which are by submission. He has been undefeated since 2016, when he suffered the first loss of his professional career. Since then, he has managed to rack up an impressive 4-fight win streak, leading up to a UFC debut in Minneapolis.
His opponent for the bout, Ricardo Ramos, holds a professional record of 12-2, including 9 finishes, 6 submissions and 3 KOs. He entered the UFC in 2017, managing to put together a 3-fight win streak, before losing to Said Nurmagomedov in February.
Both of these men will be looking to make a big impact with an impressive victory in Minneapolis. Don’t miss out on this fight!
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