UFC Greenville: Pick of the Pre-Lims

UFC Greenville: Pick of the Pre-Lims

By Daniel Gibbon

The number of empty seats during preliminary bouts, at UFC events, has always baffled me. Not only because fans miss more than half of the action, after often paying substantial ticket
prices, but also because the prelims often host some of the most entertaining fights.

In the past few months, great bouts such as; Stevie Ray v Leonardo Santos and
Danny Roberts vs Michel Pereira were missed by most fight fans for no other reason than they featured on the prelims.

The preliminary bouts for UFC Greenville are full of interesting matchups, such as; Dan Ige (11-2) v Kevin Aguilar (17-1). Ige is on a three-fight win streak including a 50-second ground and pound knockout victory over Mike Santiago (22-12), and a win over Danny Henry (12-3) via rear naked choke after just 1 minute 17 seconds.

Whereas Aguilar is on a nine-fight win
streak. Ige vs Aguilar comes close to being the standout preliminary bout at UFC Greenville, although it falls agonisingly short of this honour thanks to the return of both Molly McCann (8-2) and Ariane Lipski (11-4).

The former Cage Warriors champion (Molly McCann) currently holds a UFC record of 1-1 and will be looking to add to her winning streak, when she enters the cage, on Saturday night. However, the former KSW flyweight champion (Ariane Lipski) will be determined to get her first win in the UFC, after a unanimous decision loss against Joanne Calderwood (13-4) in her UFC debut.

McCann knows what it is like to go into your second UFC fight after losing your debut. She will therefore, be well aware of the determination Lipski will carry into the cage with her. This knowledge and situation may lead to a fight that initially starts off slow, with both fighters being wary of the other’s prowess on the feet. I don’t expect the feeling out process to last too long as both fighters have an aggressive mentality and preference to fight going forward.

This fight will be a battle of wills as much as it will skill. Neither fighter will want to back down or let their opponent take the initiative. With both of these former champions possessing extensive striking backgrounds, they will likely want to keep the fight on the feet. The only way I see this going to the ground is if one of them is totally out matching the other in the
striking department.

This fight is sure to deliver a closely fought technical striking contest, in which the fighter who utilizes their kicks better will likely come out on top in the end. Both of these young fighters have a loyal backing of fans behind them, built from becoming champions in two of the largest MMA organizations in Europe.

This fight is the definition of a pick’em, although if I was pressed to put my money on an outcome I would take Lipski by decision.

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