MAX Holloway was compelled to tug out from his extremely anticipated featherweight title bout in opposition to Brian Ortega however a stacked card nonetheless awaits combat followers at UFC 226.
Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic headline the evening as they sq. off for the heavyweight strap whereas Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis do battle in the identical weight class within the co-main occasion.
Paul Felder’s welterweight battle in opposition to Mike Perry can be anticipated to supply loads of highlights.
The preliminary card is scheduled to begin at 10am AEST.
Stipe Miocic (18-2) vs Daniel Cormier (20-1)
Francis Ngannou (11-2) vs Derrick Lewis (19-5)
Paul Felder (15-Three) vs Mike Perry (11-Three)
Michael Chiesa (14-Three) vs Anthony Pettis (20-7)
Gokhan Saki (1-1) vs Khalil Rountree Jr (7-Three)
Uriah Hall (14-Eight) vs Paulo Costa (11-Zero)
Raphael Assuncao (26-5) vs Rob Font (15-Three)
Lando Vannata (9-2-1) vs Drakkar Klose (Eight-1-1)
Curtis Millender (15-Three) vs Max Griffin (14-Four)
Ngannou prepares to unleash hell
The UFC likes to overload International Fight Week with compelling fights and this 12 months is not any completely different. Starting with Israel Adesanya’s showcase on Saturday in the principle occasion of The Ultimate Fighter finale and ending with the superfight between gentle heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic for Miocic’s heavyweight belt at UFC 226, the week is the UFC’s likelihood to point out off its incomparable expertise depth.
There’s nonetheless so much to look ahead to despite the fact that featherweight champion Max Holloway was pulled from his title defence in opposition to Brian Ortega on account of concussion points.
Here are three non-title fights to actually control at UFC 226:
No. 1-ranked Francis Ngannou (11-2) vs No. 5-ranked Derrick Lewis (19-5) — heavyweight
It was the 12 months of Ngannou in 2017. Like a big caterpillar turning into a really violent butterfly, the Cameroonian metamorphosed from an intriguing up-and-comer right into a terrifying one-punch knockout artist who had a whiff of Mike Tyson about him. Then Ngannou bought within the cage with Miocic and bought taken to highschool over 5 rounds. This combat in opposition to Lewis is Ngannou’s first alternative to point out that he has the mentality to come back again from a loss that uncovered an enormous gap in his recreation, specifically, his wrestling. Lewis, however, has quietly been placing collectively a title-shot resume — he’s gained seven of his previous eight and earned efficiency bonuses in his final three fights. Whoever wins this one has a transparent line to Miocic ought to the champ retain his title.
No. 14-ranked Paul Felder (15-Three) vs Mike Perry (11-Three), welterweight
When Holloway vs Ortega dropped off the pay-per-view card this combat bought bumped up. The UFC is aware of what it’s doing. Put collectively on the final minute as a result of Felder’s authentic opponent James Vick was moved to a different card, these two are in all chance going to face and bang, until Felder goes to his extremely deep bag of methods. A wolf in sheep’s garments, Felder is extremely well-rounded and by no means will get the respect he deserves. He’s gained his previous three fights, all in extremely spectacular vogue, and is extraordinarily well-rounded. Perry, however, has a method that just about ensures pleasure. He fights likes he seems: an old-school MMA brawler. Against decrease competitors that fashion was efficient and for a quick time he was within the “keep an eye on” dialogue with interim welterweight champion Colby Covington. They even bought right into a memorable Twitter spat. Unfortunately, Perry isn’t at Covington’s stage however he would be the larger man when he fights Felder, who is often a light-weight, so that you by no means know. Perry’s energy could be very, very actual.
No. 9-ranked Uriah Hall (14-Eight-Zero) vs No. 10-ranked Paulo Costa (11-Zero) — middleweight
The middleweight division was the land of monsters. The GOAT, Anderson Silva, reigned supreme; Dan Henderson popped his head in infrequently; and the likes of Michael Bisping, Rich Franklin and a younger Chris Weidman bought their shot on the prime. Those days are lengthy gone, however 27-year-old Paulo Costa is amongst a cadre of younger almost-title challengers who’re a combat or two away from competing for the belt. Costa seems like he’s chiselled from granite, hits like a Mack truck and has gotten a KO/TKO in all three of his UFC fights. He has not, nevertheless, fought anybody nearly as good as Hall who, at 33, has settled into the function of gatekeeper for the division. Should Costa get previous him, the Brazilian will doubtless finish the weekend with a top-five rating.
— Michael Blaustein, New York Post