Ranking the most interesting bouts at UFC Vegas 31
Want to know which matchups are the most interesting tonight at UFC Vegas 31? Then peruse our rankings of the preliminary and main card bookings that have our appointment television seal of approval.
UFC Vegas 31: 1. Islam Makhachev vs Thiago Moises
While it may seem easy to list the main event of a UFC Vegas 31 as the most compelling fight on the card, it would be a disservice not to label Islam Makhachev vs Thiago Moises as such.
The heir apparent to teammate and instructor Khabib Nurmagomedov, Makhachev is many people’s pick as the dark horse in the lightweight division. His fight against Moises, a dangerous and underrated grappler in his own right, could serve as a coming-out party for the Russian.
2. Mateusz Gamrot vs Jeremy Stephens
The day Mateusz Gamrot signed with the UFC back in 2020 was a day of celebration for hardcore and European MMA fans who had been clamoring for the then-undefeated, two-weight KSW champion to make it to the big show.
After a contentious split-decision loss in his Octagon debut, Gamrot moved his training camp to American Top Team and looked better than ever with a technical knockout win against the always tough Scott Holtzman.
Meanwhile, Stephens is 0-4 with a no contest in his last five. With his back against the wall in a must-win situtation, he’ll face a very difficult test in Gamrot that is sure to entertain viewers.
3. Marion Reneau vs Miesha Tate
Whether Tate’s still got it will be something fans will want to tune in to find out, but if she does, this is the fight to show it. Reneau, 44, has dropped four straight fights by unanimous decision and has announced this will be her swan song as a professional mixed martial artist.
4. Billy Quarantillo vs Gabriel Benitez
Both fighters are known for their all-action styles and have been part of great fights over the years.
5. Rodolfo Vieira vs Dustin Stoltzfus
Vieira was stunningly submitted in his last fight, when he was fatigued and battered by Anthony Hernandez. It will be interesting to see how he bounces back from his first career MMA loss, especially one as shaking as the Hernandez setback.
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