In recent years, sports stars have battled Errol Spence Jr. other Canelo Alvarez They chose Dallas, Texas as the location for some of their biggest fights. The two men fought in front of sold-out crowds at the AT&T Center. After seeing the success of these events, the largest mixed martial arts organization in the world decided to hold it UFC 277 Of “Big D” like that. The venue will be the American Airlines Arena, just 15 miles down the road “Jerry’s World” The main event of the evening will be the highly anticipated rematch between Juliana Peña and Amanda Nunes for the Women’s Bantamweight Championship belt. There’s a lot to unpack here; Without further ado, let’s go!
Pina vs. Nunes
In December of last year, Juliana Pena defeated hardcore favorite Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s welterweight title. Her naked throttle delivery in the second round was a shock to all participants and millions of viewers around the world. Prior to the fight, Nunes hadn’t lost a fight since September 2014 and was a League Two champion, wearing both the featherweight and bantamweight crowns. Peña’s win last year ended the indomitable aura that surrounded Nunes. Now she must avenge her loss if she wants it back.
Although Peña is the reigning hero, Nunes still enters UFC 277 Like a big favourite. Most critics still consider her the best pound fighter in the world and see her regaining her weight title as an inevitable outcome. For her part, Peña appears physically fit and well-prepared as she did for one of her previous fights; She wouldn’t let her belt be taken away from her without a serious fight. You won’t want to miss this when these two wrestlers meet in the octagon for bantamweight supremacy!
Moreno vs. Kara France
Brandon Moreno will forever be remembered for his three fights against Deiveson Figueiredo for the UFC World Flyweight Championship. In December 2020, the two warriors engaged in an epic battle which the judges deemed controversial by a draw. Although many viewers felt that Moreno should have been crowned champion that night, he had to wait six months for a chance at redemption. In June of last year, Moreno forced Figueiredo out with a naked rear throttle in round three. It was a dramatic victory and Moreno was crowned the first Mexican-born champion in UFC history.
In January of this year, Figueiredo regained his title by defeating Moreno by unanimous decision at UFC 270. Now Moreno has a chance to win the interim belt in a match against Kai Cara-France, the second contender in the flyweight class. . Even though Moreno would like to claim the interim belt, his real eyes are on Game 4 with Figueiredo and the chance to be crowned king of the division once again. However, Kara France is much more than a subplot of an intense drama. The 29-year-old is in extreme physical condition and has a three-game winning streak. Be sure to tune in to see these two warriors put it all on the line for their temporary featherweight championship belt!
Lewis vs. Pavlovic
Despite losing two of his last three fights, Derek Lewis still ranks in the top five of the UFC heavyweight division. This is partly due to the stunning way the majority of his fights end. He is a successful artist. The Derek Lewis fight rarely goes far. The flip side is that he rarely loses by decision; His losses are often also accompanied by a knockout. Win or lose, fans can expect to be entertained when Lewis steps foot inside the octagon.
Sergey Pavlovic’s three-fight winning streak suffered only one loss in his career until 2014. Despite his impressive record, he is only 11th in the UFC heavyweight division. This is largely due to a series of injuries which forced him to be inactive from October 2019 until March 2022. Now, at 30, he is in the best shape of his life and free of any nagging injuries. One thing is certain, when he steps into the octagon to face Derek Lewis on Saturday, the fight is not likely to go very far!
Pantoga vs Perez
Brazilian flyweight Alexandre Pantoga may not enjoy the publicity of fellow weight classmates Brandon Moreno or Daveson Figueiredo, but he is undoubtedly one of the most respected fighters in the division. He is on a winning streak and is currently 4th in the divisional standings. His next opponent, Alex Perez, won the league title in November 2020; Which resulted in Figueiredo losing via choking submission in the first round. Perez has not fought in front of an audience since that devastating setback. It will be interesting to see if he lives up to his usual standards after being out of public competition for around two years.
Ankalayev vs. Smith
After losing his UFC debut in March 2018, light heavyweight Magomed Ankalayev has won eight straight in the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization. He is originally from Dagestan, Russia and has been involved in combat sports all his life. He was accomplished in both Greco-Roman wrestling and Combat Sambo; Now he has his sights set on winning the UFC gold medal. His next opponent, Anthony Smith, leads a series of triple victories and ranks fifth in the light heavyweight division. You won’t want to miss this showdown between two of the top five odds in the Light Heavyweight division!
He was originally scheduled to fight potential middleweight prospects Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold as part of the main card for UFC 277. The fight has been postponed and will now take place on August 20 at UFC 278; There was no official word yet on the reason for the delay.
how to watch
UFC 277 It can be watched on pay-per-view on BT Sport in the UK and purchased via ESPN Plus in the US. As always, we’ll have the latest battle score updates, as well as in-depth analysis available here on World in Sport!