UFC on ESPN 40 is headlined by Thiago Santos vs. Jamahal Hill, which is sure to be a banger of a main event. But, we’re gonna take a look at three fights you may not be looking at, but should be watching out for. It’ll be live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night and will air on ESPN and ESPN+. Lets take a look at some fights!
Mohammed Usman vs. Zac Pauga
Usually, I don’t put fights on here that are this high up on the card. But, if you don’t watch UFC’s Ultimate Fighter, you may be sleeping on this one. This is a heavyweight bout that happens to be the finals of the 30th season of TUF. First off, yes, Mohammed is the brother of Kamaru Usman. He’s 7-2 with five of his wins coming by way of knockout or submission. The highly touted prospect makes his UFC debut with obvious amounts of pressure as he looks to live up to his brothers standards that we all know and love. But, it won’t be easy when he’s standing across from Zac Pauga, the undefeated 5-0 heavyweight with knockout power, even finishing one of his amateur fights in 11 seconds. Both of these guys are going to put it all out there to win the trophy and sign with the UFC. They have everything to gain from winning this fight, so they’re both coming in at their best and you’re not going to want to miss it!
Josh Quinlan vs. Jason Witt
Josh is making his UFC debut on Saturday night and is a 5-0 fighter with a 100% finish rate. He has three knockouts and two submissions in his pro career and is looking to make a statement with a huge finish win against a game opponent. But, that opponent is Jason Witt, who’s 19-8. Though he’s coming in off of a loss, he definitely has the experience on his side. Plus, he has knockout power and submission technique if the fight were for go to the ground. I’m predicting a early finish in this one, and you’re not going to want to blink here, keep your eyes locked on this fight!
Bryan Battle vs. Takashi Sato
You may know Bryan from winning the last season of the Ultimate Fighter, and now the 7-1 fighter is 2-0 in the UFC with one submission and one decision, which came back in February this year. But, can he battle his way through his toughest opponent yet when he takes on the nine year veteran, who’s 15-5 and his last seven wins have come by way of knockout. Though, Sato is currently on a two fight losing streak, this makes him hungrier than ever for a win and will try his best not to let the so called “rookie” get the victory. There’s a huge chance of a finish early in this one because both men love to throw hands. This is one to look out for!
UFC on ESPN 40 goes down Saturday night with the prelims kicking off at 7pm est and the main card starts at 10 pm est. it all goes down on ESPN and ESPN+. The entire card is looking phenomenal with the Hill vs. Santos main event, plus Vicente Luque vs. Geoff Neal in the co-main and all the fights above. Don’t miss out, tune in Saturday night!
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