UFC 265 Fighters to Keep an Eye On

Derick Lewis vs Cyril Gane for the UFC Heavyweight Interim Title. One shot for Derick Lewis is night night for Gane. I can’t wait for this fight and card in general. Plenty fighters to watch who MAY have BRIGHT futures in the UFC.

Rafael Fiziev

#1 choice is the rising Lightweight, Former Muay Thai Champion Rafael Fiziev. Entering this featuring prelim fight on a three fight winning streak and facing a MMA veteran Bobby Green. Fighting since the Strikeforce days and made a big name for himself during COVID.

GREAT TEST for Fiziev to see what he’s truly made of. Fight in the right direction. PERFECT spot for a young hungry fighter to build his name on a Pay Per View card.

“This guy is very tough. He started to fight a long time ago and he has big experience. I respect all this and I respect him. But I don’t think that he has more experience than me because I have big experience in amateur fights, won them all. I’m on a good road.”

https://www.scmp.com/sport/martial-arts/mixed-martial-arts/article/3144222/ufc-265-surging-lightweight-star-rafael

Rafael Fiziev 9-1 record vs Bobby Green 27-11-1. Obvious Bobby Green is the experienced fighter but Rafael Fiziev trains at Tiger Muay Thai with Petr Yan, Valentina Shevchenko, Timofey Nastyukhin (One Championship).

“I don’t think about finishing him; I never think about finishing opponents,” the recipient of performance bonuses in his last two fights said. “I’m ready every time for a hard fight, a long distance, and such a hard fight, not an easy fight. I stay ready for this every time. I never say, ‘Oh, it’s an easy fight, oh, I finish him.’ It’s never easy. It’s always hard work.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/rafael-fiziev-display-evolution-lightweight-ufc-265-lewis-vs-gane-houston

Manel Kape

Former Rizin Bantamweight Champion is 0-2 with UFC. One more chance for Kape to impress the UFC or he’s gonna be CUT from the UFC. One of the biggest UFC signings in recent years, Being the Rizin Bantamweight Champion is an accomplishment that easily attracted the UFC to sign him.

Kape has all the talent in the world but he needs to have the same confidence he had fighting for RIZIN as one of there biggest stars. Kape isn’t getting dominated biggest problem with him is striking more, Not being afraid to let it GO.

“I love watching him fight, He’s a savage, He’s a beast he’s gonna be a problem I just hope that that he gets used to the cage.” Muhammad Lawal interview with Mike Swick

“Everybody say that they can stand with me but when they feel my hands they want to shoot some takedowns… I don’t believe that we are the same level. I need to respect his left hand. He has power in his left hand, he has shown already at featherweight. But I’ve been fighting with fighters who have a lot of power in hands and nobody never knocked me down. I’m really focused for this fight and I believe I will knock out him.”

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-i-picked-tricks-ufc-flyweight-manel-kape-training-khabib-nurmagomedov

Miles Johns

UFC prospect I’m high on fights in the Bantamweight division. Explosive Bantamweight tank built like Chad Mendes. Trains at the Texas Powerhouse Gym Fortis MMA owned by former NBA All-Star Deron Williams and ran by Sayif Saud.

Facing the experienced 21-8 Anderson dos Santos. Hopefully with a win with against dos Santos there’s a winning streak and a rising year for Miles Johns. Rewarded with a bonus tonight definitely deserves the 50k’s.

Johnny Munoz Jr

Former King of the Cage Bantamweight Champion “lost” to Nate Maness in his UFC debut. I disagreed with the decision really believe Munoz Jr won the fight, Shocked by the decision but tonight we can see FIRST UFC win.

He sees plenty of advantages for himself in this fight and is envisioning a big finish to get himself in the win column.

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/08/04/ttp-ep-285-johnny-munoz-jr-jamey-simmons-ufc-265/

Traveling down to Tijuana, Mexico to train with UFC FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION Brendan Moreno.

“I’ve been going traveling a lot to Tijuana down in Mexico it’s about an hour and a half from from where I’m at so I’ve been training a lot with Brandon Moreno I was actually part of his fight camp which was real cool being able to see him succeed and accomplish.” Johnny Munoz Jr

https://youtu.be/MYsg7hus2NY

“It’s going to be a great fight and I’m looking to showcase what Johnny Munoz is all about.” Johnny Munoz Jr

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