UFC 262: The Perfect Place For Mike Grundy To Showcase His Talents
By James Lee
UFC 262 marks the sixth pay-per-view event of the calendar year in a period that has showcased some of the sport’s best aspects.
Though, as fighters from across the globe have continued to deliver, British representation in the sport’s premier promotion has been limited. However, that is set to change on Saturday, as Mike Grundy will fight Lando Vannata on the preliminary card.
Since acquiring Commonwealth bronze at the 2014 Glasgow Games, Grundy has become one of the stand-out fighters on the British Isles. In his promotional debut, he finished fellow Englishman and former Cage Warriors champion Nad Narimani in the second round. A loss to the highly-touted Movsar Evloev followed last year on Fight Island.
Unfortunately, and on the whole, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a damper on his ability to assemble consistency. A scheduled fight with Makwan Amirkhani was days away from taking place until the infamous UFC London event was cancelled as the world was adjusting to early signs of the pandemic. More recently, a fight with Nik Lentz was cancelled earlier this year due to COVID complications.
Nonetheless, the time now is for the Team Kaobon fighter to establish himself, and a spot on such an anticipated pay-per-view event is the perfect place for him to showcase his talents.
Opposing him, however, is one of the most unique fighters in the promotion. One thing that combat fans love is spinning strikes and unpredictability, and Lando Vannata provides that in abundance. His unconventional method has proven to deliver devastating knockouts, as his different array of strikes creates an energetic atmosphere with anything possible at any moment throughout the fifteen-minute contest.
Yet, he has struggled to capture continuous success in the organisation. The excitement he provides overshadows that mostly, but if he wishes to be more than just the sentiment of a luxury fighter, he must begin to accumulate a consecutive streak of victory.
He has yet to do that, so as the pair face off this weekend on the Fight Pass headliner, they are in similar positions. Vying to begin a winning streak that can propel them closer to their wider goals within the sport.