We are only a few days away from this weekend’s UFC Vegas 19 card! In addition to the pivotal heavyweight matchup that the card is built around, there are several fights that may have gone under the radar. Join us as we highlight some of the fights to watch out for, as well as the skills that these competitors possess.
Five Fights To Watch
1. Sergey Spivak vs Jared Vanderaa
Kicking off the card in the early prelims is the Moldovan-Ukrainian submission machine, Sergey Spivak. Sergey is 2-2 in his last four and his most notable win comes against Tai Tuivasa by way of an arm-triangle choke. He has also stepped into the octagon against #11 ranked Walt Harris and Carlos Felipe. Sergey really is only a few wins away from becoming ranked in the heavyweight division.
Although a majority of his wins come by way of submission, don’t let that take away from his power on the feet. Out of his 11 wins, he has four finishes and one decision. We know that if this fight goes to the ground Sergey holds the grappling advantage, but let’s take a look at his opponent.
Jared “The Mountain” Vanderaa is coming into UFC Vegas 19 with a lot to prove. After a huge TKO victory on Dana White’s Contender Series last November, Jared has been looking to get locked in the cage against “The Polar Bear” for some time, but unfortunately, the bout fell through for UFC 256. The fight was then rescheduled for this weekend’s fight night event at the Apex in Las Vegas.
Vanderaa’s best chance in this fight is on the feet, as the power in his hands is enough to put anyone’s lights out. Although most fans will have only seen Vanderaa’s Contender Series performance, we should take a look at some of his victories prior to his breakthrough.
“The Mountain” has seven KO/TKOs and three submission wins to his name. He also has had three fights go the distance, however in only one of those did he come out as the victor. So we know that these fighters have a high finish rate and they are bound to put the pressure on from the starting horn.
Sergey’s wrestling will be a problem for Vanderaa but neither fighter will be too out of their depth in standing or on the mat. Needless to say, we are in for a treat with this opener and it’s hard to say who will come out on top!
2. Chas Skelly vs Jamall Emmers
With a combined record of 36-8-0 (1 NC), these featherweights are very experienced in top-level MMA. Jamall Emmers is 5-1 in his last six and is 2-1 in the UFC. He has a really solid stand-up game but isn’t afraid to take his opponents down. His only UFC loss came against kickboxing specialist Giga Chikadze where he not only stood and traded with success, but also showed off some great takedowns and a really good ground game.
Coming into UFC Vegas 19 Jamall will be looking to showcase his footwork and beautifully timed striking against Chas Skelly, who is an elite grappler, and look for the finish on the feet. Or maybe he’ll just manage his distance and score points against “The Scrapper.”
Out of action since 2019, Chas Skelly is looking to come back into this bout with a statement. In his 18 wins, he has 10 submissions and three KO/TKOs. Skelly’s last win came against Jordan Griffin, where he outpointed Griffin by being relentless on the ground and hopping onto Jordan’s back with ease multiple times. We know where the threat lies for these athletes and yet this is another bout that will be an amazing showcase for one of these fighters!
3. Nate Landwehr vs Julian Erosa
Yet another featherweight showcase comes in the form of Nate “The Train” Landwehr vs Julian Erosa. Nate has eight of 14 wins coming by way of KO/TKO and is probably best known for his amazing performance against Darren “The Damage” Elkins, where he showed blood, guts, and some amazing stand-up!
That bloody mess of a fight was an amazing show for both Darren and Nate but highlighted how good Landwehr’s stand-up actually is. However, there were definitely some holes in his game when it came to intelligent defense, and don’t think Erosa won’t be looking to expose that come fight night.
Julian Erosa hasn’t had an easy last few fights, being knocked out in two of his last five, and losing another by decision. Don’t let that fool you, though, as Erosa is one to watch on both the feet and the mat. Of his 24 wins, 10 came by KO/TKO and 11 came by submission. You can be sure of one thing, “Juicy J” will be looking for another finish this weekend at UFC Vegas 19.
Despite his losses, Julian is a finishing machine and is not afraid to engage in any type of fight his opponent has to offer. In this fight he should look for the takedown and work for a submission. This is another exciting featherweight matchup to look out for this weekend!
4. Drakkar Klose vs Luis Peña
“Violent Bob Ross” is back and he takes on a rising prospect in Drakkar Klose. Best known for his funky hair and unique fighting style, Luis Peña comes into this fight looking to add another submission win to his record. You may look at Luis’ record of 8-3 and not think much but if you have seen his last few performances you can clearly see a very high fight IQ for the Italian-born Peña. In his 11 career fights, he has only been finished once, which came at the hands of Khama Worthy, who went into that bout on a five-fight win streak.
Best known for his slugfest against lightweight elite Beniel Dariush, Klose is looking to make good in a comeback to the top from a derailing setback. Being labeled as an amazing prospect for the UFC was something that Drakkar lived up to, even in defeat. His fighting style matched up against Luis Peña is the definition of styles make fights and no matter where the fight ends up we are in for fireworks!
5. Jared Gordon vs Danny Chavez
Last but not least for our fights to watch out for this weekend at UFC Vegas 19 is another featherweight showcase, this one between Jared “Flash” Gordon and “The Colombian Warrior” Danny Chavez. Chavez has proved in his last four fights that he does have the ability to finish. This comes after only winning by way of decision for eight of his victories before his 2018 matchup against Leandro Magalhães Paes.
After a year out of action in 2019, Chavez came back with a bang by knocking out Dylan Cala in the first round. He was then picked up by the UFC and won by unanimous decision against T.J Brown. “The Colombian Warrior” will be looking to show relentless pressure and threatening power on the feet but Gordon is not an easy opponent for anyone.
Despite a few ups and downs between 2018 and 2020, Jared Gordon did not let his major setback loss against Charles Oliveira hold him down. He returned less than a year later and won by unanimous decision against Chris Fishgold in an impressive performance. “Flash” Gordon has struggled with pressure before, so stylistically this fight is against him. However, the improvements he has made will definitely be on display and, hopefully, we get to see some of his impressive stand-up and pinpoint accuracy.
There you have our five fights to watch out for that are flying under the radar for UFC Vegas 19! Which fights are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!
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