Five fighters who find themselves in scenarios not to be missed at UFC Phoenix on Sunday 17 February.
The return of the UFC to Phoenix, Arizona has arrived.
On Sunday 17 February, the fourth UFC event of the year will be the first UFC event to be presented on the current ESPN channel instead of just ESPN +. It means that the stage will be set up so that the lights are a little brighter than we are used to them.
The pressure will be on for those competing with UFC Phoenix, but it will certainly be stronger for some than the others. Here are five fighters in unmissable scenarios.
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Benito "Golden Boy" Lopez (9-0)
Now, it may seem a little strange to start the list with an undefeated perspective … But there are reasons.
The 24-year-old "Golden Boy" Benito Lopez joined the UFC after a winning contract effort in the first season of Dana White against Tuesday night Contender Series, when he got a double decision on Steven Peterson.
Four months later, and Lopez made his promotional debut in a row.
In his debut at UFC, Lopez would have been welcomed by Albert Morales who would have brought him the distance, but would not have been able to break the winning streak of Lopez.
After the unanimous decision on the victory over Morales, Lopez would try to continue his momentum until 2018. Unfortunately, this was abruptly interrupted when he suffered a broken foot that forced him out of his big regional scene grudge match with his colleague prospect Ricky Simon at UFC 227.
Lopez would not be ready to return until now, where he will face the equally impressive 13-0 Manny Bermudez.
For Lopez, the lack of 2018 has stopped all its momentum and MMA fans have very brief memories. If you want to stay directly on the radar for the prospect of the ever-increasing bantamweight, you will have to take Bermudez on Sunday evening.