Mike Mathetha, also known as Blood Diamond, is the latest of middleweight champion Israel Adesanya’s training partners to enter the UFC. Competing in the welterweight division, Mathetha steps into the octagon against a formidable challenger in Orion Cosce.
Mathetha is a phenomenal kickboxer and has recently followed the trend of switching to mixed martial arts. He has an impressive 3-0 record with one win by knockout, one win by decision, and even a win by submission (rear-naked choke).
Cosce is coming off of his first career loss after seven straight victories. He is a well-rounded fighter with submission and knockout finishes. He clashes with Mathetha at UFC 271 and will look to kill the hype train of another training partner of Israel Adesanya.
Do you think the hype train will start strong or get derailed before it has even set off?
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