Ahead of this weekend’s contest, Anders 2021 was all about fighting Darren Stewart, as their first meeting was prematurely interrupted due to an illegal knee, prompting a rematch. Anders won the second battle between the two by unanimous decision and is now 3-1 with a draw in his last five games, putting him in a position to potentially re-enter the Top 15 if he manages to stop the game. momentum of Muniz this weekend.
Business has picked up in the middleweight division as of late, so this is a critical fight for Muniz and Anders. A fourth straight UFC win could throw the Brazilian into the Top 15, while a second straight win and four wins in six starts would make Anders an intriguing veteran presence in the 185-pound weight class, which should mean the two are looking to make a statement on Saturday.
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MIRANDA MAVERICK VS ERIN BLANCHFIELD
Miranda Maverick and Erin Blanchfield face off in a clash between two of the UFC’s top prospects and a fight that could be the start of a long-term rivalry in the flyweight division.
Maverick ditched a split decision to Maycee Barber last time around and replaces “The Future” here, seeking to bounce back from that debated decision by toppling another promising young talent. The 24-year-old showed great determination in her relentless victory over Gillian Robertson in March and is the kind of powerful physical athlete who could become a legitimate force in the 125-pound class in a not too distant country. . future.
The 22-year-old Blanchfield made her promotional debut in September, recording a unanimous decision victory over Sarah Alpar to take her record to 7-1 overall. She already holds victories over her UFC rivals Kay Hansen and Victoria Leonardo, and her only loss came from flyweight prospect Tracy Cortez at Invicta FC 34 in a decision many thought she should have. go the other way.
It’s no exaggeration to say that each of these women have the talent to make it into the Division’s Top 5 for the next couple of years and then stay there for a considerable amount of time. This is an exceptional showdown between dynamic young competitors and one that anyone looking to see what the future of the flyweight division looks like should be focusing on this weekend.
ALEX PEREZ VS MATT SCHNELL
The fourth time around is the charm of Top 10 flyweights Alex Perez and Matt Schnell as they finally share the Octagon at UFC 269 after three delays earlier in the year.
Notable in the first season of Dana White’s Contender series, Perez competes for the first time since his championship encounter with Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 255 last November. He had won back-to-back first-round saves before that competition and only lost to an elite competition inside the Octagon, but he’ll need to get rid of any rust and be in great shape to get back into the game. column of victories this weekend.
Schnell rebounded between divisions and faced stiff competition in both bantamweight and flyweight, amassing a 5-4 record in his first nine UFC appearances. He dropped a bantamweight bout against Rogerio Bontorin last time around with Brazil’s one-pound missing weight, but he’s 4-1 in his last five flyweight bouts.