The UFC Vegas 30 prelims did not disappoint, providing the fans with some exciting fights and showcasing a few young prospects. Take a look at the three fighters that stood out the most, that you should be focusing on in the near future.
In the last bout on the UFC Vegas 30 prelims, Kennedy Nzechukwu secured a third-round standing TKO against a tough out in Danilo Marques. Nzechukwu had to battle through some early adversity in the first round, which consisted of Marques having Nzechukwu’s back for a majority of the round. Nzechukwu found some success on the feet to start the second round but was eventually taken down. Nzechukwu got back to his feet and landed hard shots to close the round that seemed to give him some confidence going into the final round.
After a spirited talk with Fortis MMA head coach Sayif Saud in his corner, Nzechukwu started the first round fast, hurting Marques with heavy shots and getting the TKO victory. There is no doubt in the heart and toughness that Nzechukwu has, fighting through early adversity in each of his last two outings but still finding a way to come out on top. Nzechukwu’s potential is clear when he can put it all together inside the octagon, if he is able to continue to improve his game there is no doubt he has what it takes to compete with some of the best light heavyweights in the world.
Shavkat Rakhmonov made a statement on the UFC Vegas 30 prelims, notching his second submission victory in the UFC against the veteran Michel Prazeres. Rakhmonov showed his potential in his debut win over Alex Oliveira, but this win seemed to legitimize the fact that he is ready to face the top of the heap at 170. Rakhmonov showed all of his many skills in this fight. On the feet, Rakhmonov utilized his reach advantage and landed straight shots to maintain his distance including a spinning wheel kick that glanced off the face of Prazeres.
Rakhmonov was also able to showcase his grappling, taking down and controlling his opponent in the first and locking up a rear-naked choke that would finish the fight in the second round. Rakhmonov looks to be one of the top prospects in the sport, and at only 26 years old there is still so much potential for him to grow as a fighter. It would not be a surprise if the UFC awarded Rakhmonov with a top 15 opponent, but a matchup with Randy Brown or even Robbie Lawler could make more sense.
Former CFFC Welterweight champ Jeremiah Wells made his UFC debut on the UFC Vegas 30 prelims in a short notice opportunity against UFC veteran Warlley Alves. Wells, who had not fought in nearly two years came in on less than a week’s notice to make his long-awaited UFC debut and it was everything that he could have wished for. After a fast-paced, grappling-heavy first round where it looked like Wells had expended most of his energy. Wells was able to secure a highlight-reel knockout in the opening minute of the next round in an exciting fashion.
Wells, who trains out of Renzo Gracie Philly alongside UFC fighters Sean Brady and Pat Sabatini, put on an impressive performance in his UFC debut where he showed his unique style with his high pace striking and high level grappling. Wells said in his post-fight presser that he did suffer a cut over his right eye that will sideline him for 30 days, but he will be looking to get back into the octagon as soon as that medical suspension is up. Wells certainly has a style that should make for some fun fights in the future, it will be interesting to see who the UFC decides the match the newcomer up with next.
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