At the APEX this weekend, the UFC hosts a night of great fights. Carried out on the late afternoon of Saturday 23rd October, with the prelims kicking off at 1:00 pm EDT (6:00 PM BST) and the main card at 4:00 pm EDT (9:00 BST).
Enduring two weeks of less than entertaining bouts, it just wouldn’t be the UFC if they didn’t come back with some kind of drama. But instead of fighters dropping out and taking short notice bouts within a few days, the controversy stems from the main event. More specifically, from a certain Paulo Costa.
With a frame that only the hulk could find similarities in, the Brazilian specimen has always had questions around his weight. Standing at just over 6ft, ‘Borrachinha’ is known for destroying himself inside the octagon due to his style of fighting in the middleweight division. Remembering this division has a weight limit of 185lbs, Paulo Costa has been recorded to weigh above 210lbs in the octagon, once he’s hydrated appropriately. Understanding that the weight cut is clearly taking an effect on his body, Costa made it clear that he’s in no shape of weighing in at 185lbs this weekend.
The fight was initially set for 185lbs (Middleweight), to then 196lbs (Catchweight) to now, 205lbs (Light Heavyweight).
Paulo Costa vs Marvin Vettori
Despite Costa’s recent attitude (and his confusing performance against the champ, Israel Adesanya) he’s an incredible performer and great fighter. With only one loss on his record, Costa has taken the heads of names such as Uriah Hall, Johny Hendricks, and Yoel Romero, only allowing 1 of his 13 wins to see the final bell.
The big question for Costa is whether his heart is still in the UFC. Many fighters understandably lose their will to fight in the octagon after a huge loss and combining this with his previous arguments with the UFC, this fight will be one of the most important of his career.
Wanting to be only the second fighter to stop the Brazilian beast, is Marvin ‘The Italian Dream’ Vettori. Also coming off a loss against the champ, Vettori will be wanting to dominate every other ranked fighter to keep his name around the top echelon of middleweight fighters. Being 5-1 in his last 6, Vettori is in a rather difficult space. Now having two losses against the current champ (despite what he may think), it would be hard to put him in another title fight soon, so why is he staying active?
This could be down to several things, to continue to learn and become a better fighter but to also be ready to stand in IF (and a big if) Adesanya loses his next title fight. One other reason why Vettori may want to stay active is if ‘Izzy’ permanently moves up to LHW. Although there’s plenty of things needing to happen to favor Vettori, if he continues to dominate contenders, he will always be in the title picture.
It should be remembered that 20% of Costa’s purse will be going to Vettori. Vettori is 10/17 (-170) whereas Costa is 7/5 (+140) making Vettori the favorite.
Grant Dawson vs Ricky Glenn
Co-maining UFC Vegas 41 is lightweights Grant Dawson and Ricky Glenn. Both wanting to push their names towards the attention of boss Dana White, they’ll need some incredible performances to make some noise in the lightweight division.
Dawson is carrying an 8 fight winning streak including 11 submissions, dominating opponents such as Julian Erosa and Darrick Minner. The Nebraskan wrestler is currently undefeated in the UFC while owning two performances of the night awards: vs Michael Trizano and Leonardo Santos.
Although Dawson has some impressive records on display, his weight difficulties, particularly at featherweight and his catchweight fights have let him down slightly. Fortunately for him, since returning back to LW he has performed as good as ever, coming off a KO win (against Santos).
His opponent, Ricky Glenn, is no easy task. Coming off a 37 second TKO win against Joaquim Silva, it’s clear that ‘The Gladiator’ understands how to maneuver himself into a fight-stopping sequence. Boasting 16 finishes in 22 wins, including 12 TKO’s, Glenn has allowed himself to learn from the different training camps he’s been involved in. The BJJ brown belt has trained with coach Duke Roufus and known camps such as Team Alpha Male and Absolute MMA and Fitness.
Glenn joins Grant Dawson moving up from featherweight to lightweight, allowing his body to contain the appropriate nutrients and hydration, which will push his performance.
Despite both fighters having great ability, Dawson overpowers Glenn in terms of the bookmakers, making him the large favourite of 1/4 (-400) whereas Glenn offers 3/1 (+300).
Park Jun-Yong vs Gregory Rodrigues
Capping off the prelims are middleweights Park Jun-Yong and Gregory Rodrigues. Nicknamed the ‘Iron Turtle’, South Korea’s Jun-Yong is the only fighter to capture a win over the hard-hitting prospect Tafon Nchukwi. Looking to make it two wins in a row, he steps across from Gregory ‘Robocop’ Rodrigues.
Winning his UFC debut in dominant fashion, we caught up with Rodrigues in an exclusive interview on CurrentMMA.com.
Despite owning 8 finishes in 10 wins, Rodrigues mentions how he’s calm inside the cage, understanding that he doesn’t need to search for a finish straight away. He credits much of his ability down to coach Henri Hooft, allowing to train with every type of fighter available. Capturing a win on Saturday will help him allow his wish to fight on a PPV.
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