The UFC holds its second event on ESPN+ on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Fortaleza, Brazil. The headlining match-up is a face-off in between top bantamweight competitors Raphael Assunção as well as Marlon Moraes in a rematch of their June 2017 fight from UFC 212.
In the UFC 212 contest, Assunção arised victorious in a very closely disputed fight that finished in a split decision. A lot of people thought Moraes had done sufficient to earn the win. This rematch needs to make a decision the following challenger for T.J. Dillashaw’s bantamweight belt. Of course, with Dillashaw experiencing a knockout loss to Henry Cejudo at flyweight less than 2 weeks ago, an instant rematch at 135 pounds might supersede any other title difficulties.
Given that their first conference, Assunção as well as Moraes have actually beat all the other competitors the UFC placed in front of them. They both have a legitimate claim that they have actually gained a title shot, just to be averted in favor of the champion-vs.-champion battle that occurred in Brooklyn for the UFC’s first ESPN+ broadcast. With a prospective shot on the line, the risks are high for this spell as both males aim to thrill fans in their home nation of Brazil.
The co-headliner pits fabulous featherweight and former long time champ José Aldo against rising competitor Renato Moicano. When asked why the all-time excellent Aldo wasn’t headlining the Brazilian fight card, UFC Head of state Dana White exposed that Aldo had actually asked to participate in the co-main event instead of the centerpiece, really feeling more comfortable in a three-round competition than the five-round battle he would certainly have remained in were he to headline. Aldo is a solid starter that has actually faded in the late rounds of previous battles, so this decision can become a wise one as he seeks to win consecutive battles after going down back-to-back title events against current champ Max Holloway.
The card likewise includes another Brazilian tale in Demian Maia, who aims to snap a three-fight skid that started with a loss in his welterweight title bid against Tyron Woodley and also proceeded with unanimous-decision losses to leading challengers as well as standout wrestlers Colby Covington and also Kamaru Usman. Maia’s opponent in this competition is Tiger Schulmann product Lyman Good. The previous Bellator welterweight champ is 2-1 because joining the UFC. He most recently knocked senseless Ben Saunders at UFC 230 in November. Good relies heavily on his striking background, and the tale of this battle will mainly be whether or not Maia can bring the battle right into the grappling realm, where he is just one of one of the most talented and established Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners to ever before deal with in Mixed Martial Arts. If the round stays on the feet, Good should have a clear advantage. If it mosts likely to the canvas, Maia ought to be able to finish the fight with his suffocating submission abilities.
The occasion begins at 5 p.m. ET, with the preliminary card broadcasting exclusively on ESPN+. The major card begins at 8 p.m. ET, likewise on ESPN+, from the Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste.