Nathaniel Wood VS John Castaneda
The Prelims for Fight Island 3 start with a bang! We have former Cage Warriors Bantamweight Champion, Nathaniel Wood taking on short notice opponent John Castaneda. These two Bantamweights willing to throw down are tipped to open up Fight Island in style and set the tone for the rest of the night.
Nathaniel Wood (16-4) is a fan favorite fighting out of London, England. Wood was riding an 8 fight win streak before he ran into John Dodson at UFC on ESPN+ 25. There he suffered a TKO loss at the start of round 3. The 26-year-old began his MMA career in 2012. He met his current head coach and UFC veteran Brad Pickett. Pickett helped Wood take his career to the next level as he became Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion before he left the promotion for the UFC in 2018. After his TKO loss to John Dodson, Wood feels a win over John Castaneda puts him in a good position to challenge the fighters in the top 10 of the division.
John Castaneda (17-4) on the other hand will be making his UFC prelim debut on 2 weeks notice. Wood’s former opponent Umar Nurmagomedov pulled out for personal reasons. You may remember John Castaneda from his brief spell on Dana White’s Contender Series back in 2017. There he earned a unanimous decision victory over Cheyden Leialoha. Castaneda has been inactive for over a year. However, he hopes to shake off any ring rust and make a name for himself on the main stage by taking out Nathaniel Wood and showcasing his skills in the UFC.
Ramazan Emeev VS Niklas Stolze
Next up we have a Welterweight clash between Ramazan Emeev and Niklas Stolze that is bound to live up to the hype. Two complete martial artists that are more than ready for a war wherever the fight plays out.
Ramazan Emeev was set to fight Tim Means in February and Shavkat Rakhmonov before a fight with Niklas Stolze materialized for UFC Fight Night 174. The Dagestan born fighter made his UFC debut in 2017 where he earned a unanimous decision victory over Sam Alvey. He looked impressive in all 3 rounds of the fight. Emeev is a Combat Sambo World Champion and a former M-1 Global middleweight champion. He looks to add a UFC title to that resume. The last time we saw Emeev in the octagon was in his home country of Russia. There he was on the wrong side of a unanimous decision against Anthony Rocco Martin. The sambo champ will hope to get back into the win column on Saturday night with a win against Niklas Stolze.
Niklas Stolze (12-3) on the other side of the octagon will be looking to get through Emeev and stamp his name into the Welterweight rankings. Niklas Stolze is bringing an impressive 4 win streak to the octagon. He is hoping to improve his record to 13-3 on his UFC debut. The German native has 8 finishes in his 12 professional MMA wins. Stolze will be hoping that his 5 submission victories are able to counter the wrestling pedigree of Ramazan Emeev. Stolze’s Kickboxing background has frequently lead to opponents shooting takedowns on him and should serve him good on the feet and could make this fight one for the ages.
Bethe Correia VS Pannie Kianzad
Next up we have a woman’s Bantamweight clash between UFC veteran Bethe Correia taking on Swedish sensation Pannie Kianzad. Both fighters will be hoping to improve their 1 fight win streak with a victory this weekend.
Bethe Correia (11-4-1) has been fighting at the top level of the UFC since 2013. She’s picked up wins against high-level opponents such as Jessica Eye and Shayna Baszler. Correia will be hoping that she can pick up this win to help her climb the Woman’s Bantamweight rankings. Possibly eventually, securing a title shot against the current champ Amanda Nunes. The Brazillian native is without a stoppage victory since 2014 but she will be hoping that her experience will secure the victory against Pannie Kianzad.
Pannie Kianzad (12-5) will be hoping to add ‘The Pitbull’ to her resume this Weekend as she hopes to earn herself a spot in the Woman’s Bantamweight rankings. Kianzad earned herself a spot on the UFC roster with her impressive display on The Ultimate Fighter where she made it through to the final. Pannie was able to showcase her skills and make her way to the final two where she was submitted by Macy Chiasson in round 2. The Swedish native will be bringing a one fight win streak to the octagon and will be hoping to establish herself as a real contender in the division.
Tanner Boser VS Raphael Pessoa
Next we have two Big heavyweights hoping to expand on their one fight win streaks. Thease two hard hitters are set to make this fight a real treat for the fans.
Tanner Boser (18-6-1) earned himself a huge win last time out. That win was against Phillipe Lins just one month ago at UFC Fight Night: Portier vs Hooker. The Karate specialist will be looking for a finish to add to his collection this weekend as he continues to improve his status in the division and become a real force for anybody that he crosses paths with. The bulldozer will be hoping that his fight last month will leave him prepared and ready to perform again rather than it be too much for him to handle and burn him out early on.
Raphael Pessoa (10-1) has been scheduled to fight in March, April, and June before Tanner Boser stepped forward and accepted to fight him. The Brazillian native has only one career loss and it came in the UFC last August against Ciryl Gane. The loss probably won’t mean too much going into this fight as Ciryl Gane has been able to defeat both of these contenders. 7 of Pessoa’s 10 wins have all been via stoppage making this fight stylistically a fun fight for the fans. Raphael last weighed in 30lbs heavier than Boser. He will be hoping that his weight advantage will be advantageous when it comes to his power.
Movsar Evloev VS Mike Grundy
Next up we have Mike Grundy and Movsar Evloev. They are both hoping to get to the 12 win mark as they face off in an all Featherweight clash, with only 1 loss between the two fighters. These two-game opponents prepare to battle and put on a great show for the fans.
Former M-1 Bantamweight champion Movsar Evloev (12-0) is risking his perfect 12-0 professional record to face Mike Grundy and establish himself in the UFC. Fighting out of Tiger Muay Thai Evloev is hoping to extend his record to 13-0. In addition, win this weekend should certainly keep the Featherweight top 15 on notice. These two Featherweights were set to fight back in August 2019 but the fight fell through. The two will now face off this weekend and it has all the makings of a really fun fight.
However on the other hand we have a British fan-favorite Mike Grundy (12-1). Who trains with one half of the Middleweight main event Darren Till in Manchester, England. Grundy is bringing a 9 fight win streak to the octagon this weekend with hopes to extend that to double figures. 8 of Grundy’s 12 wins have all come from submission and his jiu-jitsu should play a big factor in this fight. Despite Grundy having 12 career wins only 1 of those has come in a UFC octagon. It will be fun to see him test his skills against Movsar Evloev
Tom Aspinall VS Jake Collier
Next up we have another British fighter in Tom Aspinall facing off against US native Jake Collier. These two heavyweights have a combined 10 finishes in 18 wins so we are set for a real brawl when the two go to war.
Tom Aspinall (7-2) is one of the many British fighters on this card and he will be hoping to do all of his fans proud with a win over Jake Collier. Aspinall is another fighter that trains with Darren Till and Mike Grundy at Team Kaobon in Manchester, England. The Brit was on a 3 fight win streak before he signed for the UFC from Cage Warriors at the start of the year. He is all set to make his UFC debut in style with a win and promises to use this fight as his chance to put the whole division on notice.
However, Jake Collier (11-4) will be hoping to spoil the party of the British Heavyweight. In turn, bring the victory home to Missouri and establish himself in the UFC. Jake Collier began his UFC journey in December 2014 and has picked up an even 3-3 record in his time with the organization. The last time Collier took to the octagon he earned himself a unanimous decision victory over Marcel Fortuna. However, that was back in 2017. Despite being a US native Collier completes his training camp in Cuba as a Light Heavyweight. He will be hoping to extend his winning streak to two as he takes on Aspinall in the Heavyweight division.
Nicolas Dalby VS Jesse Ronson
Next, we have two experienced Welterweights hoping to put on a show for the fans in Nicolas Dalby and Jesse Ronson. Both guys will be looking to extend their winning streak to 2 and climb their way up the welterweight rankings.
Former Cage Warriors welterweight champion Nicolas Dalby (18-3-1) will be hoping to extend his perfect UFC record to 2-0 with a win Jesse Ronson making him a real threat in the division. Dalby was set to fight Danny Roberts in March and July of this month. However, due to COVID-19 and a Danny Roberts injury, both events fell through. “Lokomotivo” is now set to face Ronson and extend his win streak to 5. A win over Ronson should leave Dalby in the perfect position to face Roberts and stamp his name into the welterweight rankings.
However, experienced Canadian Jesse Ronson (21-10) will be hoping to put a stop to the form of Dalby on his UFC debut. Ronson has 31 professional fights winning 21 of them making him by far the more experienced fighter in this bout. Ronson was last seen in the octagon in February where he earned a submission win that earned him a UFC contract. The Canadian normally fights at 155lbs. However, he is moving up to 170lbs for this bout. He will be hoping that this gives him the power advantage over Dalby.
Francisco Trinaldo vs Jai Herbert
Headlining the prelims we have UFC veteran Francisco Trinaldo welcoming British sensation Jai Herbert to the UFC octagon. Trinaldo is the #15 UFC Lightweight on the planet. Jai Herbert will be hoping to make his way into the rankings by taking him out.
Francisco Trinaldo (25-7) has been fighting at a high level in the UFC since 2012. He is still going strong in 2020, holding his position in the top 15 of all lightweights. In the 8th year of his UFC career, he has been able to take out high-level fighters. Names like Paul Felder and Ross Pearson despite never fighting for a title in the organization. Trinaldo is now 41 years old and hopes to continue his career by taking out Herbert this weekend in the Prelim Main Event.
Jai Herbert (10-1) will be hoping to mark his UFC debut with a win and extend his winning streak to 7 in the process. Herbert was signed to the UFC from Cage Warriors earlier this year where he left with the Lightweight title. Fighting out of Team Renegade BJJ “The BlackCountry Fighter” will be hoping to join the handful of fighters to make a success in the UFC from Cage Warriors and feels taking out Trinaldo will help him establish himself in the division. 9 of Herbert’s 10 wins have all come from finishes so the fans are in for a real treat as he tries to take his finishes into double figures this weekend. This is not one you want to miss!
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