UFC 276 is just around the corner, and with two title bouts in Adesanya vs. Cannonier and the trilogy bout in the Volkanovski vs Holloway saga, it would be easy to overlook the prelims. We have picked out a trifecta of fighters to keep an eye on for the UFC 276 prelims as the night’s action begins.
Jalin Turner vs Brad Riddell
Gigantic lightweight Jalin Turner is a man on a mission. Turner is currently on a four-fight finish streak, taking his total to six under the UFC banner. He meets Brad Riddell, a Muay Thai stylist out of City Kickboxing. Riddell comes into the bout following a loss to Rafael Fiziev, which is nothing to be ashamed of. Still, the eight-inch height disadvantage he faces against Turner makes this a daunting task.
Jalin Turner is now 27, and looks to be growing more comfortable inside the Octagon, and could be the darkhorse that we look at in a new light come 2023. Early in his UFC venture, he lost to Vincente Luque, a dangerous long-time contender. His only other UFC loss came from Matt Frevola on points, another fighter heavily influenced by traditional Muay Thai. That makes this fight a very interesting affair.
Andre Muniz vs Uriah Hall
Andre Muniz is finding this UFC lark easy as of late. A 2019 contract winner on Dana White’s Contender Series, apart from his first win in the UFC, he has managed to get the finish. A crafty submission expert who turned heads with a first-round submission win over fearsome jiu-jitsu legend Jacare Souza, he faces a scary task in dealing with Uriah Hall.
Hall is perhaps best remembered for the consensus greatest knockout in Ultimate Fighter history over Adam Cella. Since, he has had his ups and downs, although he has remained dangerous throughout his tenure. With an imposing presence and a diverse range of strikes, Andre Muniz would be wise to stay alert in this one. Muniz may be close to a number one contender fight with a win here.
Gabe Green vs Ian Garry
Gabe Green has a huge opportunity in his fight to make a name for himself. Ian Garry came into the UFC with much fanfare, as they awaited their new Irish star to emerge. After a turmoil-filled first bout, ending in a knockout win for the Irishman, his second bout stole some of the shine on young Garry’s name.
Gabe Green has been slowly gaining experience under the UFC banner. Since coming up short in his debut to fan-favorite Daniel Rodriguez, he has been flawless. Beating Phil Rowe and then following up with a knockout over Yohan Lainesse, Green’s stock is on the rise. Many eyes will be on this one, but they may be shifted onto Green by the time the fight is over.
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