On Sunday nights, most people who work Monday to Friday on the job wind down their weekends by squeezing in the last ounces of relaxation they can get before the new work week begins the next morning. MMA fighters, however, are a different breed.
This Sunday night, 20 fighters will be going to work in Milwaukee as UFCand PFL alum Anthony Pettiswears his promoter"s hat for APFC 5. Pettis won"t be the only big-name fighter in the building for the card, however.
Incumbent UFC World Heavyweight Champion Jon Joneswill make a guest appearance on APFC 5. Live coverage of the main card begins at 7 pm ET/ 4 pm PT on UFC Fight Pass. All told, barring any canceled fights between now and Sunday, APFC 5 features 10 bouts.
APFC returns to Wisconsin and this time we’re bringing the 🐐!
Flyweight Showcase Serves as Focus of APFC 5 Main Event
Highlighting the night is the battle between two budding contenders at 125 lbs. in the APFC 5 main event. Cody Linne (5-1 MMA, APFC promotional debut) makes the short trek from Kenosha to take on undefeated prospect Dan Moriarty (3-0 MMA, APFC promotional debut.)
Both fighters in the APFC 5 main event are alums of theLFA. No championship is at stake here on Sunday night, so it"ll only be a three-round affair at five minutes per round from the Waukesha Expo Center.
APFC 5 Main Event Fighter Comparison
Heading into the APFC 5 main event this Sunday night, Cody Linne stands as the taller competitor at 5-foot-6, compared to the 5-foot-5 frame of Dan Moriarty. The latter owns a 66 1/2-inch reach, with no such information accessible for the former.
Ordinarily, at this point in our breakdown, we would mention which of these two men are favored on the money line by the oddsmakers. As of early Wednesday evening, no betting odds had been released for APFC 5.
If you plan on betting on this or any other fight happening this weekend, please wager responsibly.
Cody Linne Gets “Home Game" in APFC 5 Main Event
Cody Linne has posted a record of 4-1 over his last five MMA fights. At the present time, he"s on a three-fight winning streak.
Most recently, Linne, who just turned 23 years of age on May 26, scored a first-round submission (rear-naked choke) just 71 seconds into the contest versus Paul Burgin (2-4 MMA) in WXCF 9 on March 11. For any athlete, the concept of a home game is an important one.
You get to sleep in your own bed and don"t have to worry about traveling across state lines to go to the contest. Cody Linne gets this luxury on the weekend.
The distance between Kenosha, WI and Milwaukee is a 45-minute, 40-mile drive when taking I-94 West. Linne will make that trip this week, and he mentioned in an interview with MMASucka that he had extra leeway ahead of this bout.
“APFC actually messaged me before my last fight," Linne said. “Me and my coach Ben [Rothwell]talked it over and we told them we"ll get back to you after this fight. We accepted and that"s what it was."
Can he send the crowd home with smiling faces? Tune into Fight Pass for the APFC 5 main event and find out.
APFC 5 Main Event Toughest Test of Moriarty"s Young Career
In the other corner, Dan Moriarty has gone undefeated in his last five fights, counting amateur MMA. Currently, he"s on a nine-fight win streak
Back in September of last year, Moriarty scored a technical split decision victory against Oscar Jurado Sanchez (2-1 MMA) in LFA 142. He recently discussed his work ethic withBen Davis.
“When I started fighting again, I had all these people around me that were training with me," Moriarty began. “‘Dude, you can make it to that next level. You can do it. You have all the skills. You"re well-rounded. You work really hard." I feel at my gym, I"m one of the hardest workers in the gym. I"m always in there, I"m always grinding. I haven"t taken a day off damn near this whole camp. They have to tell me to stop training."
Given the fact that he"s entering enemy territory on Sunday night, maybe his marathon training sessions will be all the more helpful. Only time will tell.
Analysis, Film Study and Prediction
Stylistically, the APFC 5 main event looks to be a battle waged on the cage mat. There"s no clear-cut advantage here, since Linne subscribes to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, with Moriarty countering as a mop-jitsu fighter.
Look for Cody Linne to Punch His Way to Victory
In looking at the tape of Cody Linne"s 2018 amateur bout vs. Karvell Jones,he can get the job done viciously with his fists. During the third and final round, he started with punches before putting Jones in the clinch.
Upon taking Jones down, Linne went to work, scoring a big flurry of ground and pound shots. The referee couldn"t stop the fight quickly enough.
If Cody Linne is able to dump Dan Moriarty, the APFC 5 main event could be a done deal before you finish making that sandwich. Moriarty has other plans, however.
Dan Moriarty Slick with Subs
In the other corner, Dan Moriarty has a brilliant ground game. His 2021 fight in the LFA versus Jett Shellis proof of that.
At the start of the second round of the 130-lb. catchweight bout, after Moriarty saw the first-round clock expire on him while attempting a heel hook submission, he absorbed a barrage of strikes that almost knocked him out. Moriarty expertly reversed positions and returned to the heel hook.
This time, it was a successful attempt, with Moriarty applying the torque to get Shell to tap out. If Moriarty finds himself on the receiving end of an onslaught, look for him to try and improve position.
Sunday isn"t usually a night you associate with setting aside time to watch the fights. This week, take time out for the APFC 5 main event. You just might be watching the next big superstar in the sport in action.
Drew Zuhosky has been writing about combat sports since May of 2018. A graduate of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, Drew enjoys a good game and a better fight. When he's not writing, you can find him playing video games and listening to music.