UFC Fight Night: Fiziev vs Gamrot Rising Fighters

three- game homestand at the UFC APEX kicks off this weekend with a fight card headlined by name lightweights Rafael Fiziev and Mateusz Gamrot.

Each man has worked towards breaking into the Top 5 in the gift-rich 155- pound weight class, only to be rebuffed by one of the division’s stylish — Fiziev before this time at UFC 286 in London by BMF winner Justin Gaethje, and Gamrot last October in Abu Dhabi by Beneil Dariush. The former is looking to get back into the palm column while the ultimate formerly did so with a hard- fought split decision palm over Jalin Turner two weeks previous to Fiziev’s trip across the pond, and now they face off then in a five- round main event that should be electric for as long as it lasts.

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Before the Top 10 lightweights take to the Octagon, a triad of bents at different stages of their careers will make the walk on Saturday night, two looking to make on recent positive results and the third aiming to regain the spark that formerly made her one of the most interesting prospects in the sport.

Then’s a near look at those challengers in the rearmost edition of Fighters on the Rise.

Dan Ige

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Dan Ige punches Nate Landwehr in their featherweight fight during the UFC 289 event at Rogers Arena on June 10, 2023 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The 32- time-old Hawaiian superheavyweight entered 2023 on a three- fight descent and having lost four of his former five fights, egging numerous to question whether he ’d hit the point where his stylish days were behind him.

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But a near examination of those results would show decision losses to four Top 10 fighters, and on the first fight card of the time, Ige made it clear that he has plenty left in the tank, as the Xtreme Couture representative collected a alternate- round knockout palm over stager Damon Jackson. As a follow- up, “ 50k ” ventured north of the border, garnering a amicable decision palm over durable Tennessee native Nate Landwehr at UFC 289 in Vancouver.

Now riding a two- fight winning band, Ige returns to action this weekend, fighting forward in the division as he takes on Bryce Mitchell in theco-main event.

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Dan Ige celebrates his victory over Nate Landwehr in their featherweight fight during the UFC 289 event at Rogers Arena on June 10, 2023 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

There’s nothing flashy about what Ige brings to the table — he works behind crisp boxing and sharp fundamentals, brandishing excellent exertion and a gemstone-solid mindset that has produced nine UFC palms therefore far. One of the hardest workers in a room full of hard workers at the famed Las Vegas training village, Ige is a “ verity machine ” in the 145- pound weight class a tough eschewal for literally anyone in the division who’s going to force you to be at your absolute stylish if you want to beat him, and can make you pay if you ’re not.

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presently deposited atNo. 10 in the rankings, two spots ahead of Ige, Mitchell competes for the first time since suffering his first loss inside the Octagon last December against Ilia Topuria. That second-round submission defeat snapped a six- fight run of success since coming off Season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter, and it remains to be seen what kind of impact that reversal has had on the Arkansas native.

His two palms formerly this time bounded Ige back into the rankings, and a palm over Mitchell on Saturday would carry him into the Top 10. He’s appeared to turn a corner since that run of lapses and grown stronger because having gone through it, and it’ll be intriguing to see if he can maintain his sharpness when he steps in with “ Thug Nasty ” this weekend.

Bryan Battle

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Bryan Battle knocks out Gabe Green with a punch in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at Spectrum Center on May 13, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Four times after making his professional debut, Battle is an interesting, arising name in the UFC bantamweight division, having earned four palms in five passages into the celebrated Octagon.

A member of Team Volkanovski on Season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter, Battle won the heavyweight competition by submitting Gilbert Urbina in the homestretch, and also followed it up with a amicable decision palm over the man he was firstly supposed to face in the tests, Tresean Gore, a little over five months latterly. The North Carolina native dislocated to bantamweight and has since posted first-round cessation wins on either side of a amicable decision loss to barring Russian Rinat Fakhretdinov.

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Battle’s two welterweight triumphs have taken 58 seconds combined, as he blasted Takashi Sato with a head kick in 44 second before sleeping Gabe Green at home, in Charlotte, in just 14 seconds before this time. The fact that he’s posted a brace of rapid-fire homestretches and made the emotional Fakhretdinov work for all 15 twinkles highlights the downside the former TUF winner possesses, and is why he’s featured in this space ahead of his meeting with AJ Fletcher this weekend.

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Bryan Battle celebrates his KO victory over Gabe Green in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at Spectrum Center on May 13, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

A member of the Dana White’s Contender Series( DWCS) Class of ’ 21, Fletcher carried an 9- 0 record with eight homestretches into the UFC, but tough competitions with Matthew Semelsberger and Ange Loosa ladened him with successive losses out of the waterfall. He rebounded with a challenging alternate-round submission palm over Themba Gorimbo last time out, and is the kind of explosive athlete that should prompt Battle to mind his Ps and Qs, especially beforehand, on Saturday night.

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In digesting Battle’s season on TUF, I always viewed him as a Kelvin Gastelum type, and not just because he was the final fighter named. You could see the raw tools, the desire to learn, and the amenability to soak up as important knowledge as possible from Alexander Volkanovski and the elite team of trainers the superheavyweight titlist brought with him to Las Vegas.

Through his first five appearances inside the Octagon, we ’re seeing the early returns from those gests and everything he’s done since returning home, and a third straight palm this weekend, back where his UFC adventure got afoot, should bring about a step up in competition coming time out.

Mizuki

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Mizuki Inoue of Japan prepares to fight Amanda Lemos of of Brazil in their strawweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 22, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Saturday marks the first time in three times that Mizuki will have stepped into the Octagon, as the now 29- time-old Japanese fighter returns to take on Hannah Goldy.

A professional since 2010 — when she was 16! — Mizuki garnered a great deal of attention when she landed in Invicta FC in 2013, registering a amicable decision palm over Bec Rawlings. She was 6- 1, had only lost to the great Ayaka Hamasaki, and would go on to further validate the advanced hype by ultimately running her record to 13- 5, which included two triumphs over Emi Fujino, and losses to unborn UFC notables Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Alexa Grasso, and Virna Jandiroba.

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She resolve her first two appearances in the UFC, besting Wu Yanan by split decision in a bout where Wu missed weight by a considerable periphery before losing to recent strawweight title rival Amanda Lemos. She had knee surgery soon after the bout with Lemos and has been out of action ever since while spending time training alongside Kanako Murata at both LAW MMA and Bangtao Muay Thai & MMA.

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Mizuki Inoue of Japan prepares to fight Amanda Lemos of of Brazil in their strawweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 22, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

This weekend, the strawweight returns to action contrary Goldy in the second of back- to- back women’s competitions to open the show.

Goldy earned a palm, but not a contract on Season 3 of Dana White’s Contender Series, but was snappily called up to the big leagues for a fight with Miranda Granger. She dropped that one and another to Diana Belbita before garnering a first-round submission palm over Emily Whitmire, only to land on the wrong side of the results again when she ventured to London last summer to face Molly McCann.

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It’s going to be fascinating to see what Mizuki brings to the table this weekend, as she always flashed significant upside, but has three times of accumulated rust to deal with on Saturday. She’s still just 29 times old, which means there’s still ample time for her to put together a run that carries her forward in the division, with this weekend’s pairing with Goldy serving as a implicit starting point for that trip.

Do not miss a moment of UFC Fight Night Fiziev vs Gamrot, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prelims begin at 4 pm ET/ 1 pm PT, while the main card kicks off at 7 pm ET/ 4 pm PT.

References

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