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UFC Vegas 41: Main Card Preview

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This Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, two of the best middleweights in the world will go head-to-head, with Brazil’s Paulo Costa and Italy’s Marvin Vettori ready to lock horns. Here’s what you can expect to see on the UFC Vegas 41 main card.

Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Ike Villanueva

Kicking off the main card this week we have two powerful fighters from the light heavyweight division. “Nick” Negumereanu made his UFC debut in 2019 as he was defeated by Saparbek Safarov in a decision that saw the Romanian lose in his opening fight in the promotion and his fight pro loss.

It wasn’t until June of this year that he was able to get back into the Octagon and claim a split decision win over Aleksa Camur.

His opponent, Villanueva, comes into the fight with a more experienced record of 18-12. With four fights in the UFC and just one win, “Ike” is looking to get back on track this week after a defeat to Marcin Prachnio in June.

With 21 knockout wins between the two fighters in their careers, this fight could be one to keep an eye out for.

Dwight Grant vs. Francisco Trinaldo

“The Body Snatcher”, Dwight Grant, comes into the fight already five fights into his UFC career, with three of them ending with Grant’s hand being raised. Perhaps most impressively earning a performance of the night bonus back in 2019 with an impressive TKO win against Carlo Pedersoli Jr.

Trinaldo, it’s fair to say, has quite a bit more experience within the Octagon. As a veteran of 23 fights for the UFC and just seven of those fights ending in a loss, the 43-year-old will look to bounce back from his most recent loss to Muslim Salikhov with a bang.

Potentially Trinaldo’s final career fight, be sure to see both guys pushing for a finish.

Alex Caceres vs. Seung Woo Choi

A potential fight of the night this one. Another UFC veteran, Alex Caceres will make the walk for the 24th time. With another pro record of 18-12, he will look to make it five from five and improve his impressive run in the featherweight division, and still just 33-years-old, he will be ready to make another statement.

South Korean, Choi, will also look to increase his win streak from three to four. His most recent fight resulted in a performance of the night bonus, as he got the TKO finish over Julian Erosa, again in June.

Don’t be surprised to see an all-out war with these two when they meet in the Octagon on Saturday.

Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Joselyne Edwards

Out for over a year, Clark comes into the fight off a most recent TKO win over Sarah Alpar and a UFC record of 3-2. After suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in her fight with Alpar, she’s ready to throw down again and continue climbing.

Edwards made her debut in January of 2021 where she got the win against Yanan Wu and less than a month later she suffered just her third pro loss against Karol Rosa.

It’s unclear how much Clark’s year out will have affected her mindset but this fight could make for interesting viewing.

Grant Dawson vs. Rick Glenn

Our co-main event features two exciting lightweights. Dawson comes in with a perfect UFC record and just one pro loss. Fighting out of Wisconsin, the 27-year-old has 11 career submissions and will look to continue his rise with another win against the experienced Rick Glenn.

Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn will aim for back-to-back wins this weekend after a memorable KO win against Joaquim Silva back in June. With a record of 22-6 and with an impressive knockout ratio, Glenn can cause rising star Dawson some real issues.

Paulo Costa vs. Marvin Vettori

What. A. Fight.

A year on from his first title fight against Israel Adesanya, Costa will look to make a statement in the main event this week as he hopes to earn a rematch with the Champion as soon as possible.

Costa’s power speaks for itself with 11 of his 13 wins coming by knockout, including wins over Uriah Hall and Yoel Romero. The Brazilian will aim to get back on track with a win against Vettori who will look to silence his haters.

“The Italian Dream” will make his return, also after his most recent defeat to Israel Adesanya. Vettori has made it clear his thoughts on his rematch against Izzy, stating that he believes he fought a “smarter” fight but was not better than him on the night.

With both being known for their power and both being very experienced in Jiu-Jitsu, this fight can everything you want to see and more. Don’t miss it.

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