This weekend features one of the more slept on cards of recent times. Featuring crazy knockout artists and viral cornermen, UFC Vegas 48 has plenty to offer, even with it’s five cancelled fights. However, the UFC strides on and welcomes a night with drama and excitement as always.
If you listen quietly, you can hear the celebrations of the european fans due to UFC Vegas 48’s start time of 12:00 am / 8:00 pm ET, which means no more 6 am bedtimes for those later residents.
Johnny Walker vs Jamahal Hill
The main event includes an ex-prospect vs a current one. Walker, 29, was the Light Heavyweight fighter dubbed to be the one to dethrone the controversial Jon Jones. However, since then the lanky entertainer lost to Corey Anderson in round 1 via standing TKO which destroyed all chances of a future title fight. The Brazilian fighter has only fought three times since 2020 beating Ryan Spann but losing to Niko Krylov in 2020 and to Thiago Santos by a close decision in 2021.
Despite still being young, the 18-6 fighter will be wanting to capture the hype he once had by beating Jamal Hill this weekend, and he’ll be wanting to do this by knockout.
Hill on the other hand has captured several performances without the hype Walker once had. Owning a 9-1 record, the hard hitter has beaten the likes of Jimmy Crute and Ovince St. Preux providing evidence that he belongs in the upper bracket of the UFC’s Light Heavyweights. However, the only loss on his record comes against the tricky Scotsman Paul Craig who has shown to be a difficult fight for anyone in the UFC roster – just ask contender Magomed Ankalaev.
Both fighters are ranked outside of the top of 5 (Walker #10 and Hill #12) and will be wanting to pick up form to creep inside the top 5 somewhat soon.
Kyle Daukaus vs Jamie Pickett
Unfortunately the co-main sport holds a certain prestige which has been deemed too much for it’s continents this weekend with Kyle Daukaus and Jamie Pickett. But as we’ve seen time and time again with the UFC, is that we should expect the unexpected.
Kyle Daukaus, brother of Heavyweight KO artist Chris Daukaus, is coming off a frustrating draw over Kevin Holland last October, where both fighters clashed heads causing the officials to overrule Daukaus’ submission win. Understandably frustrated, Daukaus will be overly eager to get in the winning once column again, something that he has not achieved since 2020 – against Dustin Stolzfus.
His opponent is the 33 year old, 6 foot 1 Jamie Pickett who is currently looking for his third win in a row since losing to Jordan Wright in May 2021. Capturing 9 finishes in 13 bouts, the Contender Series graduate has yet to secure a finish in the UFC and will be searching to get the people talking with a great performance this weekend.
Although both fighters fight out of the Middleweight division, this particular bout will be a catchweight fight of 195 lbs.
Joaquin Buckley vs Abdul Razak Alhassan
Joaquin Buckley is someone who, love him or hate him, always puts on a show. The controversial fighter has not seen the final bell since 2018, eight fights ago before he was signed for the UFC. But now the viral knockout artist upped his marketability once again as he has adopted a new cornerman, the internet sensation and survival “guru” Dale Brown. But Buckley is no joke, the intense fighter holds 10 knockouts in 13 wins and is only 27 which shows that he still has time before he hits his prime inside the UFC.
His opponent, Alhassan has the ability to finish the fight on a second’s notice thanks to his unmatched power in the division. Don’t believe me? Just look at his stats where you’ll find that every win of his career so far has come by first round knockout. Alhassan is essentially a heavyweight reincarnated as a middleweight, whose path to victory is only one way – by demolition.
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