Poliana Botelho of Brazil kicks Pearl Gonzalez of their womens strawweight bout in the course of the UFC 216 occasion inside T-Cell Enviornment on October 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Picture by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC by way of Getty Photographs)” align=”middle”” />I don’t learn about you, however I’m nonetheless buzzing from the way in which Saturday night time’s 25th Anniversary present in Denver ended.

I imply, how may you not be?

After an excellent first-round submission win by Donald Cerrone within the co-main occasion, Yair Rodriguez and Chan Sung Jung go on the market and go toe-to-toe for 24 minutes and 59 seconds till Rodriguez ends issues with some of the ridiculous (in a great way) finishes I’ve ever seen in all my years watching fights… and I’ve watched plenty of fights.

This week, the motion shifts to Argentina for the primary time in UFC historical past because the Octagon lands at Luna Park in Buenos Aires for a 12-fight card headlined by Neil Magny venturing into hostile territory to tackle hometown hero Santiago Ponzinibbio.

Very similar to this previous Saturday’s occasion in “The Mile Excessive Metropolis,” this upcoming present is flush with newcomers and rising skills wanting to make use of their bouts this weekend as a chance to make an impression of their division and introduce themselves to a wider viewers.

Right here’s a have a look at three of the very best neophytes set to compete contained in the UFC cage this weekend.

That is On the Rise: Buenos Aires Version.

Johnny Walker

Whenever you see the identify Johnny Walker on the combat card, your first thought might be to make a Scotch joke, however if you happen to needed to image the athlete in your head, chances are high you’re not envisioning a six-foot-five Brazilian, are you?

Having frolicked preventing at each heavyweight and lightweight heavyweight, the 26-year-old newcomer is pulling a “reverse Darren Until” in his group debut, as he was born in Rio de Janeiro, however at present fights out of Southampton, England, the inverse of the welterweight contender, who was raised in Liverpool, however was nonetheless based mostly in Brazil when he stepped into the Octagon for the primary time.

One other graduate of the Contender Sequence, Walker earned his alternative to compete on the largest stage within the sport by gathering a unanimous choice win over six-fight UFC veteran Henrique da Silva this summer season on the all-Brazilian version of the group’s in-house expertise search sequence. The victory prolonged his profitable streak to 6 general and landed Walker an opportunity to make an instantaneous impression in a foremost card showdown with former TUF finalist Khalil Rountree Jr. this weekend in Argentina.

The 28-year-old Las Vegas resident Rountree has rebounded from an 0-2 begin to his UFC profession by going unbeaten in his final 4 fights, and he enters Saturday’s contest off a dramatic 96-second knockout victory over kickboxing legend Gokhan Saki.

If Walker can saunter into the Octagon and switch again Rountree proper out of the gate, he’ll set up himself as one to observe within the at all times in flux gentle heavyweight division heading into the brand new 12 months.

Ian Heinisch

Stepping up on brief discover to switch Tom Breese, the 30-year-old Heinisch will get an opportunity to attain a top quality win in his promotional debut with a marquee matchup in opposition to Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira on Saturday.

Like Walker, Heinisch impressed on the Contender Sequence, registering a formidable first-round stoppage win over Justin Sumter that prolonged his profitable streak to a few and pushed his document to 11-1 general.

One among 4 former LFA middleweight titleholders at present on the UFC roster, Heinisch can be a part of the crew from Manufacturing facility X that has been on an absolute roll as of late contained in the Octagon, so whereas he’s making the journey to Argentina — and his first stroll into the UFC cage — on brief discover, he has been within the fitness center serving to myriad high-level teammates prepare for his or her bouts and must be able to go on Saturday night time.

“Mutante” has been on a pleasant roll since his one-off journey all the way down to welterweight, registering 5 wins in his final six appearances, together with a unanimous choice victory over Heinisch’s teammate Anthony Smith and a first-round submission win over Karl Roberson final day trip.

The middleweight division is at present present process some adjustments and a win over a longtime competitor like Ferreira can be an effective way for “The Hurricane” to toss his hat into the ring for some even larger alternatives down the road.

Poliana Botelho

Botelho has quietly began her UFC tenure with consecutive victories, placing her ready to welcome Cynthia Calvillo again to the Octagon this weekend in Buenos Aires, however the factor is, there was nothing quiet or unassuming about her final win.

Again in Could, the 29-year-old Brazilian blasted Syuri Kondo with a nasty left physique kick that pressured Kondo to double over in ache and collapse to the ground. A sequence of punishing proper arms adopted and the introduced the combat to a halt.

All of this came about within the span of 33 seconds.

It was an emphatic follow-up to her unanimous choice win over Pearl Gonzalez in her debut at UFC 216 final October and prolonged the Nova Uniao product’s profitable streak to 5.

This weekend, she squares off with Calvillo, who made waves in 2017 by rattling off three wins in 20 weeks within the UFC and 6 victories in her first 12 months as a professional to attain a combat with former strawweight champion Carla Esparza at UFC 219 in December. The Staff Alpha Male consultant landed on the flawed aspect of a unanimous choice end result that night time and has been out ever since, however she stays a High 10-caliber competitor and the largest take a look at of Botelho’s profession.

A win over Calvillo would vault the unheralded Brazilian into the rankings and put her ready to face extra established competitors as soon as issues get underway in 2019.

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