Jack Shore set for featherweight debut opposing Makwan Amirkhani at UFC 286
It looks like no. 15 ranked UFC bantamweight contender Jack Shore (16-1) will be making a move up to 145 lbs, as he’s slated to face Makwan Amirkhani (17-8) at UFC 286.
UFC 286 is to go down on March 18, 2023, live from the o2 Arena in London, England, and it is to be headlined by a UFC welterweight championship trilogy between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman.
Jack Shore is one of the brightest young prospects in the sport of MMA today.
Shore won the Cage Warriors bantamweight championship in his tenth professional bout and defended it a single time prior to joining the UFC, both victories coming via third round stoppage. He would pick up in his UFC debut right where he left off in Cage Warriors, submitting Nohelin Hernandez (rear naked choke) in round three to bring his record to 12-0.
Shore followed this up with four more dominant victories, the latest three coming via decision, marking just the second, third, and fourth times he’d ever been the distance.
This brings us up to his latest appearance, where the Welsh BJJ black belt was submitted by no. 10 ranked Ricky Simon in July of last year, bringing his record to 16-1.
Then we have Makwan Amirkhani, who though did very well for himself early on in his UFC tenure, has stumbled a bit as of late.
Amirkhani came to the UFC in January of 2015 and quickly made his name known, as he TKO’d Andy Ogle in just eight seconds of his promotional debut, marking the first, and to this day the only knockout victory of his 25-fight career.
Amirkhani would go 4-1 over his next five outings, improving his UFC record to 5-1, the only defeat coming to current no. 4 ranked Arnold Allen via split decision.
However, since then he’s gone 2-5, suffering three of those defeats via knockout, though he’d pick up the two victories via first round submission (both anaconda chokes), marking the second and third anaconda choke victories of his UFC career.
This is a very exciting matchup between two stud grapplers.
Who walks away from this featherweight clash going down at UFC 286 the victor?
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