Jamahal Hill could be the fresh blood infusion the light heavyweight title picture has been looking for.

Hill, who made his professional debut in 2017, is the least experienced contender with the number (14) next to his name in MMA Fighting’s global rankings, but has more championship chances than more experienced fighters. It may even be much closer. Alexander Rakić, 7, and Anthony Smith, 8, face uncertainty about when they will return as they recover from injuries. Volcan Oezdemir, 11, just hit a losing streak recently, and Hill’s UFC Vegas 59 main event opponent Thiago Santos, 12, is even closer. It is better to finish the ranking than to move up the ranking.

All this is a moot point on whether Santos can return to its former glory on Saturday. The man who was on the scorecards until beating Jon Jones has only won once since that close call and was previously one of the most feared knockout threats at both he weighed 205 pounds and he weighed 185 pounds. I’m having a hard time putting together a performance like this. On paper, he has impressive skills that give Hill trouble. In fact, Father Time may be sending a message to his 32-fight veteran.

In other main card action, Vicente Luque defends his place in the welterweight rankings against a resurgent Geoff Neal. Ultimate Fighter 30 The finals saw Mohammed Usman (brother of UFC Champion Kamaru Usman) take on Zach Pauga at heavyweight, while Invicta FC veteran Brogan Walker battled Juliana Miller for the flyweight tournament crown. Class veteran Augusto Sakai takes on up-and-comer Sergey Spivak. Ariane Lipsky will take on Priscilla Cachoeira in the flyweight opener.

what: UFC Vegas 59

Where: UFC APEX in Las Vegas

when: Saturday 6th August. A five-game qualifier card will begin on ESPN and ESPN+ at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by his six-game main card on ESPN and ESPN+ at 10 p.m.

(Numbers in brackets indicate candidature MMA Fighting GLoBar ranking)

Thiago Santos (12) vs. Jamahal Hill (14)

It hurts to say it: Thiago Santos is not the fighter he used to be.

Blame it on age (he turned 38 this past January), blame it on the knee injury Santos sustained in the Jon Jones upset, or he’ll have to face it as an elite light heavyweight. Jones’ fight was against Magomed Ankraev, Aleksandr Rakich and Grover Teixeira, but “Maretta” simply had no result. Even his victory over Johnnie Walker was forgotten, kindly.

Everything is ready for Jamahal Hill to put on another showcase performance. Finishing the first round in a row, he was given a name that still had enough luster to promote him, but perhaps not enough left in the tank to threaten him. Hill won’t be in much danger as long as he’s respectful. He’s bigger, faster, and more of a knockout threat than Santos at this stage in their careers.

forward and upward. Hill by KO.

Choose: hill

Vicente Luque (9) vs. Jeff Neal

If the main event is meant to be a showcase for Hill, then the sub-main is anything but Vicente Luque.

Luque should be picked against all but the best players at £170 (his most recent losses are Belal Muhammad, Stephen Thompson, and Leon Edwards). How you view this fight depends on how high Neil’s ceiling is. At his best, he exhibits the same kind of explosive finishing ability as Luke. I don’t have… yet.

One of Neil’s main concerns is the grappling mismatch. Luke loves to hit standing up, but he’s a very versatile finisher, and if you knock this to the ground, Neil will be toasted. Up contests can be toss ups, so it’s that aspect of Luke’s game that makes the difference in this fight.

We expect an exciting start with Luque finally beating Neil or improving the Scramble situation and winning by submission.

Choose: Luque

Mohammed Usman vs. Zach Poga
Brogan Walker vs. Julianna Miller

Ah, now we can discuss the real main event.

Don’t let the corporate hashtags fool you. This isn’t just UFC Vegas, it’s THE #TUF30Finale.yes we have two Ultimate Fighter 30 It starts with flyweights Brogan Walker and Julianna Miller, followed by heavyweights Mohammed Usman and Zach Pauga.

Let’s start with the big boys.

Yes, Mohammed Usman is the younger brother of Kamal Usman. No, he doesn’t fight like Kamal. Yes, there’s a reason he’s an underdog in this one. Those familiar with Usman may remember the last time he saw him submitted to Brandon Sayles in his PFL.he bounced enough TUF But his semi-final victory was a close nod to Eduardo Pérez, who could have gone either way. Usman has the tools and the training, but he rarely puts it all together on Fight Night.

You can’t go up against Zach Pauga, one of the best strikers of the season. He has strong fundamentals, excellent takedown defense, and a laid-back demeanor that will serve him well in his UFC heavyweight division. And after winning a convincing decision against Usman, he moves forward.

Walker vs. Miller is a tougher decision.Miller was definitely a breakout star TUF30, a talented newcomer who wears her heart on her sleeve and fights like a devil in a cage.she fought only 3 times before TUFbut on the show, she outperformed Claire Guthrie in one of the best fights of the season, avenging her lone pro loss by showing off a strong submission game against Caitlin Neal to book her ticket to the final. did.

That said, it’s hard to argue against Walker’s experience.Mirror could be an undiscovered gem like hers TUF Coach Juliana Peña was when she dominated her own season, but it’s too early to tell. Walker is excellent on her feet and if Miller can dominate her on her ground, I would be very impressed.

I understand the hype surrounding mirrors. Give me a walker for the upset.

Choose: pauga and walker

Augusto Sakai vs. Sergey Spivak

I appreciate the possibility of Sergei Spivac joining the top contender debate alongside the likes of Tom Aspinall, Alexander Romanov and Sergei Pavlovich, but he is given an easy chance here. Is not … Sakai continues to lose by knockout, but he will argue that he is tough on his feet and continues to lose heavyweight coin tosses.

Let’s simplify this and call it a striker vs. grappler matchup. Because I think Sakai’s Muay Thai skills give him a leg advantage and Spivak’s aggressive wrestling gives him a mat advantage. Whoever can use the tool first has a winner.

You know what’s pissing me off? Spivac triumphed over his Greg Hardy. I don’t like Greg Hardy. Now he has to recalibrate and face the top 25 heavyweights? It has to mess with your system. I think this fight is interesting to me.

Sakai brawls, paving the way for a decisive victory.

Choose: Sakai

Ariane Lipsky vs. Priscilla Cachoeira

Aside from the unfortunate weight mistake, there’s no reason to lose faith in Ariane Lipsky in this matchup. She is a more technical striker than Priscilla Cachoeira and she should be able to beat Cachoeira at will. Cachoeira presents her challenge to anyone who accepts brawling with her, but even that doesn’t mean she’s a high-volume striker capable of overpowering Lipsky.

Another nod I give to Cachoeira is that she has a legitimate power of 125er, and Lipsky needs to take note of this. Either avoid the hay maker and pick her at the counter, or look for her to carry her on her back once Cachoeira begins to succeed with her hand.

Cachoeira came out of UFC APEX, picking up a decision win in his most recent bout, but with a Submission victory on Saturday, Lipski will take the judges out of the equation.

Choose: Lipski

qualifying round

Michal Oleksheychuk def. Sam Alby

Terrance McKinney Def.Eric Gonzales

Brian Battle Def. Takashi Sato

Cory McKenna loss.Miranda Granger

Stephanie Egger (T15) def. Myra Bueno Silva

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