Opinion: Top 5 Undercard Fights To Look Out For In The UFC

There are some incredible fights coming up in 2018 and we are surely in for some wars. Times have never been more exciting for MMA fans around the world, the new breed of talent is more improved than ever, and it is for this reason we have some amazing undercard fights coming up. Fighters who are trying to make their way up the ladder in their respective divisions, and are ready to put it all on the line in MMA’s greatest proving grounds. Let’s take a look at 5 must watch fights that are coming our way very soon!

5. Raphael Assuncao vs Rob Font

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Much like all five fights on this list, it’s a mystery as to why this fight doesn’t occupy a place on the main card. #3 ranked Raphael Assuncao takes on #11 ranked Rob Font in the UFC’s bantamweight division at UFC 226, July 7th. Brazil’s own Assuncao is riding a three-fight win streak, most recently cracking Matthew Lopez straight in the chops and earning himself another knockout victory. On the other side of the octagon will be the incredibly versatile Rob Font, the American gentlemen recently knocked out title contender Thomas Almedia in an impressive fashion which earned Font the opportunity to not only a top five ranked but also the opportunity to add another Brazilian to his resume.

4. Pedro Munhoz vs Brett Johns

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Bantamweights Pedro Munhoz and Brett Johns are looking to reverse the setbacks they both received in their previous bouts. Munhoz lost a tough split decision to John Dodson at UFC 222 back in March, he will be eager to get one over on “The Pikey” who was 15-0 and on a tear before he found himself matched up with Aljamain Sterling. Johns also lost by decision and will be eager to get back in the winning column and continue to climb the rankings at UFC 227 in August.

3. Michael Johnson vs Andre Fili

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UFC veteran Michael “The Menace” Johnson takes on new breed stand out Andre “Touchy” Fili at UFC Fight Night 135 in August. Johnson clearly feels like featherweight is the new weight class for him, despite losing his debut in the division to Darren Elkins at the start of the year. Many believe Johnson should hang up his gloves or move to try his success under a different organisation, but “The Menace” will be keen to prove his doubters wrong in this upcoming bout. Fili is looking to extend his win streak to three after impressive victories over Artem Lobov and Dennis Bermudez. The 28-year-old will surely hope a win over Johnson will take him to greener pastures and a top 15 ranked opponent will be imminent.

2. Yair Rodriguez vs Zabit Magomedsharipov

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Will it happen? Won’t it? Well folks, September 8th at UFC 228 Yair Rodriguez and Zabit Magomedsharipov will finally come face to face in the octagon after months of speculation. Rodriguez was able to win round the UFC who actually cut him for declining to many fights, but eventually, an agreement was made and the Mexican found his way back on the UFC roster. Rodriguez was 10-1 before running into Frankie Edgar who made light of him. But before that fight, the 25-year-old looked incredible during his eight-fight win streak. Riding a 10 fight win streak Zabit Magomedsharipov looks like a real contender at featherweight as he looks to add Rodriguez to his resume.

1. Uriah Hall vs Paulo Costa

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The UFC middleweight division is once again one of the most stacked divisions in the organisation. Hall, #9 ranked, is looking to win his second fight on the bounce after another knockout victory to add to his growing highlight reel. But he is taking on a killer in Paulo Costa. The Brazilian has a perfect 11-0 record and occupies the #10 ranked position in the middleweight division. Costa has never needed the judges to decide his fate as he decorates the octagon with every victim the UFC put in front of him, and he’ll be hoping to punch a hole through another UFC veteran July 7th at UFC 226.

(All fights are booked and confirmed at the time the article was written)

Ryan Cambridge

 

 

 

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