UFC 286: Prospects to Watch
Sure, Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3 is a fun fight. Justin Gaethje vs. Rafael Fiziev? Banger. But there are some fighters fighting on UFC 286 that you need to know. They’re tomorrows stars. So pay attention, you could be seeing the next GSP or Khabib.
UFC 286 Top Prospect: Muhammad Mokaev
If you haven’t heard of Muhammad Mokaev, you have now. Mokaev was one of the best upcoming MMA prospects and has a perfect 8-0 record. He has six finishes in those eight wins.
Coming to the UFC hasn’t been all easy for Mokaev. After running through Cody Durden in his UFC debut, Movaev had a lackluster performance against Charles Johnson and a slightly better performance against Malcolm Gordon.
Mokaev looks to bring back his electrifying performances this weekend as he takes on 14-2 Jafel Filho. Mokaev is the one to watch and has real future champ potential.
Casey O’Neill: Scotland’s Pride
At a perfect 9-0, Casey O’Neill is one of the best up and coming flyweights in the world. Hailing from Scotland, comes out of Xtreme Couture and has been a perfect 4-0 in the UFC with three finishes. After fighting on Eternal MMA and UAE Warriors, O’Neill made her debut against Shana Dodson.
That fight was won via ground and pound. She then returned O’Neill then defeated Lara Fritzen in spectacular fashion via rear naked choke. Antonina Shevchenko, sister of former champion Valentina, in round two with brutal ground and pound. In her last fight, she took on the vastly more experienced Roxanne Modafferi and won that via split decision.
She takes on Jennifer Maia and looks to make a huge case for a shot at the newly crowned flyweight queen Alexa Grasso.
Jack Shore: Needs A Bounce Back
Jack Shore was one of Cage Warrior’s highest touted prospect coming into the UFC. Upon arrival, he had a perfect 10-0 record and the Cage Warriors bantamweight title. Shore’s actually been in the UFC for some time and is just now making his ways up the ranks.
His debut was a dominant win over Nohelin Hernandez in 2019. He won four fights straight with wins over Hunter Azure, Aaron Phillips, and Timur Valiev. His last fight saw Shore drop a fight to Ricky Simon, a tough out for anyone.
Now, Shore hopes to bounce back at UFC 286 against veteran Makwan Amirkhani. A win will put him back on track and upward in a loaded bantamweight division.
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