After a three-week summer break, the UFC is back and has set up camp in beautiful Lincoln, Nebraska. Thirteen fights will take place during the night from Saturday to Sunday, the main program in Germany starts at 4 am on Sunday morning and will be broadcast on the UFC FIGHT PASS.
Here are a few good reasons to check out the UFC Fight Night Lincoln – Justin Gaethje vs. James Vick.
A top ten battle
Any fight that includes a participant with the surname Gaethje will reward the switch-on. Plus a dash of trash talk and an opponent who can look back on four consecutive victories in the UFC and fireworks at the end. James Vick enters his first UFC main fight as number ten in the official rankings and he knows that this fight against Justin Gaethje can get him talking about a place among the potential title challengers.
Both fighters have already been verbally beaten up in the social media, in interviews and during the big press conference for the 25th anniversary of the UFC. They don’t like each other, and the bad blood will certainly boil over when the Octagon’s gates close at the weekend.
Vick is aiming to cement his position as a veritable power in an already optimally occupied lightweight class. Gaethje, on the other hand, has recently lost spectacular battles against Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez and needs a victory to continue swimming with the big fish.
This fight is not to be missed.
Entertaining action in featherweight
In the co-lead fight, it’s the featherweights’ turn to light their fireworks when Michael Johnson tries to get back on track against Andre Fili. Both opponents are talented, explosive fighters and never too good for a spectacular show.
Johnson has recently been pulled through the mixer – in his last five fights, he faced Nate Diaz, Dustin Poirier, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje and Darren Elkins. Goodness, that’s an impressive list of opponents, and it shouldn’t get any easier against Fili. Fili is a dynamic fighter and brings unique athletic abilities into the cage that can get his opponents into trouble. With two consecutive victories in the back, Fili will try to crack the top 15 with another win over “The Menace”.
Diversity and adversities
Also, if you look behind the two main fights, there are a lot of things to look forward to as a fan. This would be for example the diversity of the Fight Night, where fighters from the strawweight, men and women from the flyweight, bantamweights, featherweights, lightweights, welter- and middleweights will compete. This means that we should be prepared for a broad front of different techniques, fighting styles, tasks, and knockouts.
There are also a number of fighters on the programme who will now have to return more strongly after hard defeats, such as Justin Gaethje, Michael Johnson, Cortney Casey, Jake Ellenberger and JoJo Calderwood. The ugly face of a series of defeats stares them in the face, and it will be interesting to see how these fighter-natures will react to the adversities in front of them with their backs to the wall.