UFC featherweight Bryce Mitchell was already a highly touted featherweight prospect prior to December of 2019. After pulling off a twister submission in round one against Matt Sayles on December 7, 2019, the undefeated Mitchell has gone from relative unknown to a rising featherweight star. Mitchell was signed by the UFC after competing on the Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated season back in 2018. He defeated Jay Cucciniello in the quarter finals before losing to season winner Brad Katona in the semifinals. Although he lost, the UFC noticed the obvious potential in the young Arkansas native and signed him. He me his debut on July 6, 2018 where he defeated Tyler Diamond by majority decision and follow up a successful debut with a unanimous decision win over Bobby Moffett in March of 2019. Mitchell entered his December 7, 2019 showdown with Matt Sayles with a 11-0 record intent on extending his UFC winning streak to 3-0 before the end of 2019.
Mitchell dominated the fight from start to finish as he controlled Sayles on the ground for several minutes in round one. In the final minute of round one, Mitchell began setting up the infamous twister submission on Sayles. Before Sayles knew what hit him, Mitchell locked in a perfectly executed twister submission that had Sayles in an extremely painful position. With no way out, Sayles was forced to tap at 4:20 of the first round resulting in the second twister submission victory in UFC history. His impressive submission win over Sayles officially put the young featherweight in the spotlight and had fans wondering who he would face next.
On May 9, 2020, Bryce Mitchell will square off against fellow featherweight Charles Rosa who boasts an equally impressive grappling resume in mixed martial arts. The two featherweights combine for 17 submissions wins and have finished their opponents with a variety of submissions including armbar and triangle choke. Rosa has had an up and down start to his UFC career compiling a record of 3-3. He is coming off an impressive submission victory over Manny Bermudez and will look to shut down the hype of the up and coming Mitchell. It is no secret what Mitchell’s game plan will be in his showdown with Rosa. He will look to get the fight to the ground where he will have to use his craftiness to lock up one of his signature submissions on the more experienced Rosa. This Saturday, Mitchell will face the toughest test in his young career while looking to stay undefeated and continue his climb in the UFC featherweight rankings.
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