For the second week in a row, heavyweights are headlining at the UFC Apex and although we have plenty of top contender matchups leading up to the main event, let us take a look at some of the fighters on the prelim card that are looking to steal the show early this weekend at UFC Vegas 20.
Ronnie Lawrence vs Vince Cachero
The second fight of the night is in the bantamweight division and features two prospects looking to put their name in the mouths of fans around the world. Ronnie Lawrence, who has fought in LFA, Bellator, and most recently on Dana Whites Contender Series is now looking to make a statement against a formidable opponent in Vince Cachero. Lawrence is probably best known for his highlight reel spinning back kick KO against Brandon Webb at Valor Fights 33, he enters the octagon this Saturday at UFC Vegas 20 riding a 3 fight win streak.
Cachero has a successful career in the LFA with all of his 7 victories coming in the promotion, his last time out was against Jamall Emmers where he came up short losing a unanimous decision. These two 135lbers only have a combined 4 losses in MMA and will definitely be looking to add to their finish list this weekend, Cachero has 4 wins by way of submission/KO/TKO on his record and 3 by decision. Lawrence has 3 KO/TKO victories and 3 by way of decision. These fighters will be showcasing their skills on the feet and the ground and look to amaze fans early on the prelims.
Alex Oliveira vs Ramazan Kurmagomedov
Undefeated Russian Ramazan Kurmagomedov will face mixed martial arts legend Alex Oliveira in a bout that is sure to grab the attention of viewers around the world, stepping in on short notice, Ramadan is looking to put on the performance of a lifetime to beat veteran “Cowboy” Oliveira and has the skills everywhere to do it but don’t let that take away from Alex’s matched abilities to take out not only young prospects but other UFC veterans. This could very well be the highlight matchup on the prelim card this weekend at UFC Vegas 20.
Ramazan has competed in the PFL and even won a split decision on Dana Whites Contender Series. As they usually do fighting out of Dagestan, Kurmagomedov will be looking to put on the pressure from the starting horn and doesn’t care whether he gets the finish or drags it out to the final bell. Ramazan is best known for his wrestling and the majority of his victories come by way of submission, this is truly a contender to look out for and a win against such a seasoned veteran might even result in putting him in with the welterweights top 15.
Alexis Davis vs Sabina Mazo
Seasoned veteran Alexis Davis looks to put 10 between her wins and losses this Saturday in a showcase matchup against 23-year-old Sabina Mazo. The “Colombian Queen” has 4 fights in the UFC and 3 wins against names such as Shana Dobson, J.J Aldrich, and Justine Kish. Davis is looking to break a 3 fight losing skid by defeating the up and comer and with bouts against names such as Ronda Rousey, Liz Caramouche, and Jennifer Maia, taking out a young prodigy is not something new for her. This fight should be a bout filled with pressure until the final bell as both athletes are known for pushing the pace for 15 or more minutes.
Alexander Hernandez vs Thiago Moisés
After his loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 143, Hernandez has really struggled to re-solidify himself in the top of the UFC’s lightweight division but after his last time out where he finally got back to his old finishing ways, Alexander looks to make it two in a row this weekend at UFC Vegas 20. “The Great” is looking to do so against a man who has never been put away and has just defeated two UFC legends in Michael Johnson and Bobby Green. Being a very high-paced grappler, Moisés is looking to push Hernandez to his absolute limit and maybe snatch a submission but with a strong ground game comes an almost equal ability on the feet, and with heavy hands comes a titanium chin which could be a big problem for Alexander.
Hernandez looks to showcase newfound patience in his standup this weekend and has previously shown this his last time out against Chris Gruetzemacher with perfectly timed and executed power balanced out with pressure. If Thiago gets his back against the cage and a takedown doesn’t save him he could be in for a forgetful night at the office but a sneaky trip to the mat could definitely put Hernandez’s lights out, the clinch is the most intriguing place this fight can go with both fighters having some of their strongest skills in this area, Moisés can easily take you down here and Alexander can land non stop elbows and knees putting you out for good.
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