Manny Bermudez’s Big Chance at UFC 241
By James Lee
It seems like on every big pay-per-view card, one fighter from the preliminary card takes the shine from the card with an impressive performance that will instantly push them forward.
Just this year we have seen Edmen Shahbazyan shine at UFC 235 and UFC 239 with two early finishes putting him amongst the most exciting, rising fighters in the sport.
Johnny Walker’s performance at UFC 235 put him amongst the best at light heavyweight and on the last pay-per-view card in Edmonton, Canadian Hakeem Dawodu secured a performance of the night bonus.
This weekend will see arguably the best pay-per-view of the year take place, with the main card of UFC 241 featuring a heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic, as well as the long-awaited return of Nate Diaz.
With all the attention on the main card, bantamweight fighter Manny Bermudez could be that fighter to take the hype from the stand-out card with him in the future.
Despite an impressive 14-0 record including twelve finishes, Bermudez has yet to achieve mainstream recognition for his unique, quick submission style of fighting.
“The Bermudez Triangle” had success in Cage Titans before making his UFC debut in February 2018. Bermudez has earned eleven first round finishes so far and will want to rectify missing weight in his last fight.
What makes Bermudez so intriguing is the speed of his submission wins. It is rare to see a fighter finish fights so frequently in the first round with submissions, but that is what Manny Bermudez offers, much like a rising Ronda Rousey.
His career has been when will the submission come, rather than if it will come and the continuation of that will boost him up the 135 lbs rankings quickly.
Casey Kenney is his opponent for Anaheim. Kenney got his name in the UFC by winning a short notice decision against former title challenger Ray Borg, albeit controversial. The fight is expected to be the biggest step-up for the Boston born fighter, but a necessary one.
Fellow rising bantamweight Cory Sandhagen could also steal hype from the show, as he takes on top contender Raphael Assuncao.
So Manny Bermudez has a big chance on Saturday. Another early finish would surely get him noticed and ensure a ranked opponent next.