If you were wondering how the talent from the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America was progressing, you’ll definitely want to turn in this weekend. UFC Fight Night in Hidalgo features four fighters from the show, including bantamweight winner Alejandro Perez and finalist Jose Quinonez, and with the border town just a two-hour drive from Monterrey, Mexico, this is a great opportunity for some of these TUF Latin America vets to put on a show for a crowd that should be largely Mexican.
Prospects go to war
Up-and-coming lightweight prospects Chris Wade and Islam Makhachev make their main card debut on Saturday night in Hidalgo and it’s a great opportunity for both fighters to showcase their skills in front of a wider UFC audience. Despite them both coming off losses, Wade and Makhachev, a training partner of No. 1 lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, have displayed immense talent in previous UFC bouts.
Lookin’ for a fight?
Randy Brown is one of the few fighters awarded UFC contract after being discovered by Dana White and crew on his show “Lookin’ for a Fight” and the welterweight was impressive in his UFC debut. He suffered his first career setback four months later against suffocating wrestler Michael Graves, but returns this Saturday to try to get back into the win column. It’s always interesting to see how fighters bounce back from adversity, especially those like Brown, who have had eyes on them since entering the promotion.
Which Uriah Hall will show up?
It seems as if this is the question every time Uriah Hall steps into the Octagon. Will fans see the Hall that ran through the competition during his season of The Ultimate Fighter and went on to finish UFC veteran Gegard Mousasi with a vicious flying knee? Or will they see the Hall that underwhelmed against Kelvin Gastelum and John Howard and got outshined by Robert Whittaker? At this point, we don’t know. But if Hall can display even a fraction of the potential that prompted Dana White to call him the “most dangerous” Ultimate Fighter cast member in the history of the show, fans will be happy.
Dustin Poirier has been an absolute MONSTER since jumping up to lightweight. The former featherweight has reeled off four straight wins in the division and outside of the first round of his fight with Joe Duffy, none of those bouts have been close. With two Performance of the Night Bonuses under his belt in the last 18 months, Poirier is surely looking for another on Saturday. And if can impressively beat 10-ranked Michael Johnson the way he’s been thrashing other lightweights, he could put himself just a fight away from a lightweight title shot.