UFC 277 is shaping up to be one of the greatest mixed martial arts events of the year on paper, as they continue adding exciting, high level match ups to the card.
UFC 277 is to go down on July 30, 2022, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and will be headlined by a women’s bantamweight championship rematch between current champion Julianna Pena (c) and former champion Amanda Nunes (no. 1).
The event to be co-headlined by another title fight, this one for interim flyweight gold between former champion Brandon Moreno (no. 1) and Kai Kara-France (no. 2), also a rematch.
Another exciting clash that’s been added to the card comes in the lightweight division between a pair of stud prospects in Ignacio Bahamondes and Ludovit Klein.
Both talents are relatively new to this ever-growing roster of killers, and both have picked up impressive wins in their few octagon bouts.
Ludovit Klein came to the UFC in September of 2020 with a record of 16-2, and quickly dispatched of Shane Young in his promotional debut, picking up the KO victory in just 76 seconds.
Young is known for his durability, he hadn’t ever been finished before, and he hasn’t been finished since. This performance blew us all away, and we knew we had a serious talent on our hands once this fight was over.
But Klein would lose his next two bouts to TUF 27 winner Michael Trizano (UD) and former M-1 Challenge featherweight champion Nate Landwehr (anaconda choke), before rebounding with an impressive victory over Devonte Smith (SD) back in March.
Ignacio Bahamondes came to the UFC in April of 2021 with a record of 11-3 to debut opposing longtime veteran John Makdessi, and after a close, competitive three rounds, he didn’t get the outcome he was looking for, losing the fight via split decision.
Since then however, Bahamondes has picked up back-to-back third-round finishes over the likes of Roosevelt Roberts (KO) in 2021’s Knockout of the Year candidate, and Rong Zhu (D’Arce choke), marking the first submission finish of his young career.
Klein, out of Slovakia, comes into the bout with a record of 18-4 (8 knockouts, 8 submissions, 2 decisions), and Bahamondes, out of Chile, comes in with a record of 13-4 (9 knockouts, 1 submission, 3 decisions).
Bahamondes is also the much bigger party of the two, being a former welterweight, standing 6’3” with a reach of 75”, while Klein, a former featherweight, stands 5’7” with a reach of 72”.
Will that play a factor in this fight?
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