UFC 259 Fighters To Watch

UFC 259 CARD overall is STACKED from Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz, Nunes vs Anderson and Yan vs Sterling. Prelims there very interesting fights to watch so stay tuned! High level fighters looking to win performances of the nights and get more eyes on them.

Song Yadong

Urijah Faber’s protégé Song Yadong moved from China to Team Alpha Male. Training with Cody Garbrandt, Andre Fili, Cub Swanson, Joseph Benavidez, Lance Palmer, Chad Mendes. Urijah Faber speaks highly of Song Yadong as a future Champion.

“Before training with Urijah,” explained Song Yadong, he was “more of a striker in MMA.” Which meant he “didn’t grapple much, didn’t wrestle much.” Now, he’s learning different techniques, strategies, and “a different approach in the fight from Urijah.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/song-yadong-builds-his-arsenal-prelims-ufc-259

Song Yadong 23 years old one of the best Bantamweights UFC has continuing to grow as a fighter is facing Kyler Phillips. Solid fighter, Fought on the Dana White Contender Series but I believe Song Yadong has the win and have the performance of his life.

“It feels very special. I have a huge number of people backing me, and I feel I have to give a great performance for them.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2019/12/05/ufc-dc-song-yadong-media-day/

Askar Askarov

Dagestan born and raised, Askar Askarov Flyweight title challenger is facing the respected UFC Veteran Joseph Benavidez. Life changing fight for Askarov if he can defeat a very recognized UFC name, Win leads to a title shot. Askarov is one of the most underrated fighters on the UFC roster, All-Around talent. Looking forward to a great performance by Askarov that builds his brand!

Carlos Ulberg

Israel Adesanya training partner, Carlos Ulberg won a UFC contract on the Dana White Contender Series. King in the Ring Kickboxing Champion. Carlos Ulberg facing Kennedy Nzechukwu on UFC prelims.

“I basically did exactly what he had done,” Ulberg said. “And I’m hoping to do and follow the blueprint that he’s done with the UFC as well. Now that he’s set that standard, it makes a bit easier for me to understand and to know the road.”

https://www.foxsports.com.au/ufc/ufc-259-how-to-watch-carlos-ulberg-israel-adesanya-kai-karafrance-city-kickboxing/news-story/25607a50d84ea9a5193c079666cd7a89

Might be the next UFC Light Heavyweight Champion but will see the UFC debut, First episode of his UFC journey.

Sean Brady

Sean Brady 13-0 Welterweight prospect, CFFC Welterweight Champion. Three fight winning streak is facing Jake Matthews, Fight of the Night written all over it. 50k bonus. Sean Brady is a savage and definitely underrated but a impressive win against Jake Matthews will help in the rankings. Calling out few fighters that actually make sense instead of asking for like Chiesa or Wonderboy.

Uros Medic

Became a fan since his first round Knockout on the Dana White Contender Series. See star written ALL OVER HIM. Successful career at Alaska FC and as a Kickboxer. Trains at KINGS MMA, One of the best MMA gyms in the world.

Finally get to watch Uros Medic UFC debut, Been waiting for his UFC debut ever since Dana White signed him. Curious to see how his UFC debut pans out, Earns the hype or gets a surprising loss.

Be one of the most exciting fighters because of his Kickboxing fighting style.

Casey O’ Neill Top Ten 2021

Casey O’ Neill hottest women’s prospect from Australia had a dominant performance against Shane Dobson who was coming off the biggest win of her life against Mariya Agapova.

Trained at Tiger Muay Thai under George Hickman. Sacrificing moving away from home to move away to Thailand. However the risk paid off!!

“George and Frank Hickman were my two main coaches when I was at Tiger Muay Thai, and I definitely learned the most off of them,” she said. 

https://www.sportingnews.com/au/mma/news/casey-oneill-ufc-debut-loma-lookboonme/1vhap5ta03xl91bnnj4ymfgrtn

O’Neill knocking out Dobson with ground & pound in the second round.

‘I actually had that dream five times last night – that I finished her in the second round by elbows on mount, so it came true,’ she said.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9283193/UFC-Vegas-19-Australian-rising-star-Casey-ONeill-defeats-Shana-Dobson.html

Women’s Flyweight division needs some talented fighters and Casey O’Neill is one of the flyweights to bring the division to the next level. Nickname is the “King” but will be the future QUEEN of the women’s flyweight division.

Leading the charge between her, Mariya Agapova and Sabina Mazo as Valentina Shevchenko retires.

Guarantee Casey O’Neill will breakout in 2021, Becoming a rising star and one of the next GREAT fighters to prosper from Tiger Muay Thai.

“I want to make a name for myself. I’ve not been around the sport that long in terms of age, but I really have been in terms of training. I haven’t got as many fights as I would have liked to. I’d really like to make a name for myself this year.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/lists/casey-oneill-havent-seen-anything-yet-knockout-ufc-fight-night-185-video?taid=60348b878fc4ad0001b9ff0f&utm_campaign=trueAnthem+Manual&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Casey O’ Neill Fights 2021

To be a breakout fighter in 2021 need to have standout performances against TOUGH fighters, Manon Fiorot. Another HOT prospect, Born and raised in France. 1-0 with UFC, Future fight with Maryna Moroz on June 5th.

Manon Fiorot win or lose I’d love to see her fight Casey O’Neill. Former UAE Warriors Flyweight Champion, EFC Flyweight Champion.

Casey O’Neill with a win against Manon Fiorot WILL help her in 2021. Defeating a world class fighter, Former champion with multiple promotions.

” I’d love to fight three or four times this year you know being outside the UFC it was hard to get matches so now I want to be active, “

Future fight options after a win against Manon Fiorot can be Ariane Lipski, Five fights with UFC. Former KSW Flyweight Champion.

Casey O’Neill in one year can end in the top 10, Ending 2021 facing off against Miranda Maverick, Gillian Robertson or Cynthia Cavillo. All three fights will be GREAT fights. Win over Maverick, Hot women’s flyweight prospect. Gillian Robertson UFC Veteran and Cynthia Cavillo trains now at AKA and is the women’s version of Nick Diaz. Scrappy cardio fighter.

Places her as a top ten women’s Flyweight, Slotted as a featuring prelim, Main Card slot as DANA WHITE becomes aware they have something!

Casey O’Neill home is in Australia. Hotbed for talent and one day we can see her becoming a UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion. 2021 is where we see the rise of the future champion.

Ludovit Klein vs Ilia Topuria May 8th Las Vegas

Ludovit Klein rising star from Slovakia, Former Oktagon Featherweight Champion facing off against Georgian rising star, Ilia Topuria in a Featherweight prospect clash. Two future Featherweight title contenders who are fighting May 8th in Las Vegas!!

Exciting fight to watch as both are extremely talented fighters in the European scene, Watched by millions of people in Eastern Europe. Great opportunity for both fighters especially Ludovit Klein whose underrated in my opinion.

Ludovit Klein

Ludovit Klein caught my eye since knocking out City Kickboxing prospect Shane Young. Nickname is “Mr.Highlight” for a reason because of his early finishes. Leading him to becoming Oktagon Featherweight Champion, One of the best European Featherweight prospects in a long time. Now making his dream a reality fighting for the UFC.

Become a star overnight in Slovakia. Looking to aspire many other young children to become MMA fighters and to follow there dreams as well. Ludovit Klein is overlooked and underrated but the humble version of Conor McGregor will look to breakout in 2021 and a fight against Ilia Topuria will help him breakout in 2021.

“This experience has been great, Great moment.” Ludovit Klein

“That was the biggest dream in my life. I’m very happy,” Klein said in a virtual media scrum following the fight. “I have only good vibes.”

Klein fought many tough fighters in his Oktagon career but Ilia Topuria hasn’t fought the caliber of fighters Klein has. Underrated grappling and takedown defense from Klein can lead to the victory.

Klein has the stellar boxing as he was an Amateur Boxing Champion in Slovakia before fighting in MMA. Telling you guys Klein is a world beater and will see on May 8th against Ilia Topuria.

Topuria is a world class fighter, Well accomplished wrestler in Georgia but Klein can potentially get the win on May 8th. Taking advantage of the spotlight, Leading to a top ten year for Ludovit Klein.

Becoming one of my favorite fighters to watch because of his all-around skills, Will continue to see his improvements and Klein becoming a future UFC Featherweight Champion.

Topuria is a big test for Klein but get through Topuria and that sky rocket his way to the top of the UFC Featherweight Division.

BREAKOUT year for the humble Conor McGregor, Mr Highlight… Ludovit Klein. Will see it on full display on May 8th.

Chimaev vs Chiesa UFC Fight Night June

Khamzat Chimaev broke out in 2020. Fighter of the year nominee in 2020. Ending 2020 fighting Leon Edwards with a win can lead to a title shot. However because of this beautiful virus the fight got canceled because of Edwards testing positive than Chimaev having symptoms of Covid-19.

Leading Chimaev to be hospitalized in Las Vegas but looks to return in June. Hope everything goes as planned so we can see Chimaev fight because he seems to a special talent and Dana White knows it. Something different about the Chechen Wolf Khamzat Chimaev.

Return in June, Headlining a ESPN + Fight Night I’d love to see Khamzat Chimaev face Michael Chiesa. Chiesa since moving up to Welterweight was a life changing decision, Wins over Carlos Condit, Rafael Dos Anjos and Neil Magny. Welterweight dark horse. Facing Khamzat Chimaev as the UFC sees as the next superstar can radically help his career with a win on his third headliner.

“I enjoy fighting more than I enjoy anything else in the world,” Chiesa said. “I’m peaking at the right time,”

https://www.krem.com/article/sports/michael-chiesa-prepares-for-ufc-fight-night-bout-vs-neil-magny/293-c907a4b5-b61c-48c3-82ac-72726080eefc

“These guys should be worried,” Chiesa said. “The next time you see me this year I’m going to be a completely different guy. I’m going to be a totally different fighter. I’m going my to prove I can be the best. I’m going to prove I can be in a number one contender fight by the end of the year.”

https://www.king5.com/article/sports/spokane-native-michael-chiesa-wins-first-ufc-main-event-fight-in-unanimous-decision/293-e439e912-2cdc-4205-89ba-f66cf62a341b

Opportunity to be a Welterweight title contender with a GREAT win against Chimaev

On the other hand Khamzat Chimaev with a win against the Dark Horse Michael Chiesa can lead to a title shot. Showing the fans, Fighters he can defeat top ten Welterweights rather than lower level fighters. according to his opponents.

Participant in the UFC Welterweight tournament, Facing the whose who of Welterweights from Covington, Edwards, Wonderboy, Masvidal.

“I want to take the belt in one year, two years … as soon as possible. I’m going to take this soon. “I’m going to finish everybody,” he said. “I always look for the finish. Smash somebody, knock somebody out. I’m born for this. My life is to be champion. I don’t think somebody is going to cause me any problems. I’ll beat everybody like I did today. I promise you guys.”

https://www.insider.com/khamzat-chimaev-promises-to-smash-his-way-to-champion-status-2020-7

However “Borz” Khamzat Chimaev needs to pass by Michael Chiesa to lead to a title shot in a few more fights. Making his dream a reality of becoming a UFC Welterweight Champion.

Chiesa can end the hype of Chimaev and have a life changing win. Earning the million dollar settlement from Conor McGregor to now winning a fight against Chimaev that can lead to a title shot.

Win for each fighter changes there lives for the better, High stakes fight. Who wants it more!!

Jiri Procházka Challenges Light Heavyweight Title in 2021

Jiri Procházka former Rizin Light Heavyweight Champion looked like a UFC Light Heavyweight Champion in his UFC debut against Volkan  Oezdemir at UFC 251. Last time Jiri fought was at UFC 251.

Hungry to return to the Octagon, No better return than fighting Dominick Reyes in the Main Event. Easily one of the best fights of the year on paper. Whoever wins this fight in position challenging for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.

Even though Dominick Reyes “Won” against Jon Jones I can see Jiri winning this fight in a early finish because of the first round KO power he has. Jiri has a lot more experience with 30 fights in total. Disappointed when he lost to Jan Blachowicz. Seems like he didn’t have the right mindset entering that fight.

“I’m looking forward to the fight,” Prochazka said. “He has a very special style. With my team we work on that, and I’m happy for that because it’s the change in my preparing, and I like these changes because it’s not the same like last time.

https://www.scmp.com/sport/martial-arts/mixed-martial-arts/article/3116213/ufc-jiri-prochazka-warns-israel-adesanya

“I need to grow my style, it’s motivation for me and I like that. I’m happy to be challenged by this guy who is one of the best on the planet. I just wanna show I’m much better than him. It’s more than just some moving, punching. It’s about strategy, breathing, emotions you feel in a fight. It’s more than the physical game you play in the cage.”

Have a gut feeling Jiri will get the Win and become a rising star.

“I don’t ignore that [performance vs. Blachowicz]. Because it was a nice fight with Blachowicz. And I think it’s a big opportunity for me. I treat Reyes like a top fighter in the UFC and in the world. So it’s an opportunity for me to fight with him and win this fight.”

https://mymmanews.com/jiri-prochazka-not-ignoring-dominick-reyes-last-performance-still-treating-as-a-top-guy/

Big spot facing former Light Heavyweight title challenger, Taking advantage of the Main Event opportunity on February 27th.

Win against Reyes leads to a fight against Thiago Santos or Glover Teixeira. Jiri Prochazka vs Santos(If defeats Rakic) or Teixeira in a #1 contender fight. All great fights that Jiri has potential to win because of his world class striking. Top of the food chain Light Heavyweights are at the tail end of there career while Jiri is 27 years old.

Confident in his skills that he can beat all of the best Light Heavyweights. 100% he can. 2022 Winter Jiri can challenge the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Israel Adesanya or Jan Blachowicz if he pulls off the upset.

Jiri is looking forward to the challenge of facing against UFC Next Superstar and potential champ champ Israel Adesanya.

“Every time when there is some special guy, with some special style, and with special power, I’d like to compete [against] him,” Prochazka said. “I’d like to challenge this guy because I’m enjoying not just myself, I’m enjoying to connect [with] that guy and to think about how to put you sleep.

https://www.scmp.com/sport/martial-arts/mixed-martial-arts/article/3116213/ufc-jiri-prochazka-warns-israel-adesanya

Breakout Fighter in 2021 Ludovit Klein

Ludovit Klein Slovakia’s own can be the first UFC Champion from Slovakia. Ever since I watched Ludovit Klein’s UFC debut, I became a fan of his. Truly blown away by his performance against City Kickboxing Shane Young.

Took advantage of the short notice fight and had a stunning UFC debut at UFC 253.

“This is always my style – the high kick and demolish my opponent. I am very, very happy for everything. Maybe problem because yesterday I didn’t cut weight – I just had one week from the call from the UFC to come here. Short notice, (so) there was not so much time to cut the weight. Next time, (I will) 100 percent make weight and win the fight – everything.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/lists/ludovit-klein-dream-head-kick-knockout-ufc-253-video

Stellar striking as Ludovit was a Slovakian Amateur Boxing Champion. Shows as he pieced apart Shane Young.

After UFC 253 highly positive he got more recognition globally as back home he’s Ireland version of Conor McGregor.

Both Ludovit and Conor have the A+ striking, Conor was the UFC Featherweight Champion and in the next five years will see Ludovit Klein become a UFC Featherweight Champion. Conor’s breakout year was in 2014 and Ludovit Klein’s year will be in 2021.

Hopefully Ludovit Klein returns to the Octagon in the next couple months, Fights guys like Billy Quarantillo, Charles Jourdain, Damon Jackson in his second UFC appearance.

Defeats, Dominates all three of those fighters. Ending the fight early with a first round knockout. Earning extra fifty thousand dollars from a performance of the night bonus.

Bump up in competition in his third fight with UFC, Potential opponents can be UFC Veterans Darren Elkins, Cub Swanson, Mawkan Amirkhani. Fighting the top 16-25 Featherweights. Elkins and Swanson fights I take with no hesitation. Featuring prelim on a UFC Pay Per View, UFC Main Card on ESPN +. Defeating Cub Swanson whose been fighting since the WEC days, Been in so many great fights. Recognizable name will only build up the name of Ludovit Klein.

MMA Media, Joe Rogan, Brendan Schaub, Ariel Helwani, Weighing In podcast, Luke Thomas, Sportscenter to start talking about him. “Mr. Highlight” Ludovit Klein.

End the year as a top 15 Featherweight with a win against Andre Fili (Team Alpha Male product), Hakeem Dawodu, Edson Barboza. All three fights are GREAT fights for fans and for Ludovit Klein. Win against any of the three will radically improve his name globally, Earning the respect of Dana White. If he was able to knock out Barboza for example, Sky rocket him to Pay Per View fights. Becoming a UFC rising STAR and fan favorite.

Awarded Breakout Fighter of the year in 2021. Remembered as the year for Ludovit Klein as 2022 challenges for the UFC Featherweight Title.

Title Shot for Arnold Allen in 2021

2020 was a year that sucked for a lot of people including Arnold Allen. Only fought once in 2020 against Nik Lentz. Cancelled fight with Jeremy Stephens. No luck for Arnold Allen as 2020 was an important year for him.

“Before everything shut down, I was trying to fight in June,” Arnold recently told MMA Junkie. “I fought in January and was like, ‘All right, I’ll take a little break, then get back, get ready to fight.’ Obviously, everything shut down. I didn’t get to train for like, I think it was eight weeks that I didn’t step foot in a gym or train or anything. That’s when they started doing ‘Fight Island’ and all that. We started making plans to work around it so we’d be able to train.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/12/ufc-news-arnold-allen-tough-2020-wants-ranked-opponent-2021

Climb to the top of the UFC Featherweight division in 2020 but 2021 is a new year, #9th UFC Featherweight can end the year as a Featherweight title contender.

Hope that happens for Arnold Allen as he’s part of the next generation of UK fighters. Ever since I started getting obsessed with MMA, Arnold Allen is a UFC fighter always kept an eye on.

Trains at BKK fighters in England but travels to Montreal to train at Tristar Gym with George St Pierre, Rory MacDonald, Kevin Lee, Mirsad Bektic, Ryan Hall and many more world class fighters. Coached by #1 MMA coach Firas Zahabi. Master of MMA. Arnold Allen one of the next fighters from Tristar to become a UFC Champion in the next couple years if everything goes as planned!!

Earned the sponsoring, Respect from UK MMA pioneer Dan Hardy.

“He’s going to be one of the pioneers of the sport one day – he’s only scratching the surface of his skills and potential so far.” Dan Hardy

“Most definitely,” he said, when asked if Allen could reach the top. “And if he does get to that belt, it’s going to be very hard for someone to take it off him.” Dan Hardy

https://www.eadt.co.uk/sport/dan-hardy-tips-suffolk-s-arnold-allen-as-a-future-2456902

Arnold Allen is one of the most underrated UFC fighters on the roster, 16-1 record, #9th Featherweight. Earned the respect from Dan Hardy but in 2021 can earn respect from thousands of new fans.

Finally fighting Jeremy Stephens in 2021 on a UFC PPV Main Card or a Featuring Prelim. UFC promoting Arnold Allen on UFC Embedded, UFC content as the NEXT GEN of England Fighters. Showing a impressive performance after a long wait, Starting off 2021 the RIGHT WAY.

“(Stephens or Josh Emmett) make sense,” Allen said. “I’ve done a camp for both of those guys. They both obviously fell through. (In) 2021, I’ve got to get busy. I can’t be waiting around over here fighting once a year. I’ve definitely got to get busy.”

https://47sportsclub.com/struggling-to-find-fights-arnold-allen-hopes-ufc-ranked-opponent-kicks-off-2021-schedule/

Fight against Gilbert Melendez was a breakout performance, Fight against Josh Emmett or Jeremy Stephens is the rising STAR fight.

Interesting fight to make after a win against Emmett or Stephens is facing “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. Korean Zombie former UFC Featherweight title challenger and fan favorite is the PERFECT fight for Arnold Allen to build his name. Talks about not having the biggest name, Well Korean Zombie is well known to casuals because of his fighting style.

Defeating a top Five Featherweight will place Arnold Allen as a title contender. Deserving a title shot in 2022, Close to making his DREAM a REALITY.

Nathaniel Wood 2021 Top Ten Year

Nathaniel Wood, UFC Bantamweight prospect 4-2 prospect. Rising England fighter even though “Lost” to Casey Kenney in a high pace fight that I really believed Nathaniel Wood won.

Impressed with his performance fighting Casey Kenney, Shown the development of his striking and overall skills that will help Brad Pickett protégé moving forward into the year 2021.

One of my favorite fighters to watch for a reason, Truly believe in Nathaniel Wood, Being one of the best Bantamweights in the WORLD at 29,30,31 years old.

I’m only a couple of fights away from fighting for that title,’ he said. https://metro.co.uk/2020/10/22/nathaniel-wood-planning-ufc-254-fireworks-i-want-a-nice-bonus-before-christmas-13462819/

“I don’t feel my last fight was a loss but it’s MMA and sh** happens,” Wood admitted. “All I can do is bring my A-game and do the best I can.” https://www.benchwarmers.ie/exclusive-ufc-bantamweight-nathaniel-wood-eyes-top-10-ranking-spot-in-2021/223587/

Nathaniel Wood in 2021 can return back to normal fighting top 20 Bantamweights, Learning from his mistakes in the Casey Kenney fight even tho he WON and the loss to Dodson.

Nathaniel Wood 2021 SHOULD be the best year of his MMA career, Top Ten UFC Bantamweight. 2021 earning his loss back with Casey Kenney in a split decision fight but this time winning in unanimous decision.

Top Ten year for Nathaniel Wood, Next Generation of England UFC Fighters.