UFC 300 Preview

Published on 12 April 2024 at 20:00

The MMA community are all preparing for what could be the most infamous and iconic PPV in UFC history. The T-Mobile Arena is back hosting another big event which sees UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Alex Pereira, headline the fight card alongside former UFC King of the Light Heavyweights, Jamahal Hill. The Co-Main Event includes a battle against two Chinese fighters as Zhang Weili defends her UFC Strawweight belt against the #1 contender, Yan Xiaonan. Plus, Justin Gaethje defends the BMF title against the former UFC Featherweight Champion, Max Holloway, in the third fight of the main card. Here is everything you need to know about what is going down at UFC 300.

Early prelims

Deiveson Figueiredo vs Cody Garbrandt (UFC Bantamweight Bout) - Figueiredo last fought at UFC Austin, making his UFC Bantamweight debut in successful fashion with an unanimous decision win over Rob Font to enter as the #8 contender. The former two-time Flyweight Champion has rarely gone the distance with his opponent as 17 of his 22 wins have ended with a finish. Deus da Guerra has the opportunity to face a former champion of the division as he looks to maintain his spot in the Bantamweight rankings.

Garbrandt went back to winning ways in 2023 when he defeated Trevin Jones by unanimous decision at UFC 285 and Brian Kelleher by first-round knockout at UFC 296. The former Bantamweight Champion is one of the best knockout artists in the division, earning 11 KO/TKO victories in his 14 MMA wins as well as landing 10 knockdowns in the UFC. No Love last had a Bantamweight contender's spot back in late 2021 as he looks to return to the rankings with a big career-reviving win.


Bobby Green vs Jim Miller (UFC Lightweight Bout) - Green fought four times last year, earning two stoppage wins over Tony Ferguson at UFC 291 and Grant Dawson at UFC Vegas 80. The #14 contender's most recent fight did not end as well as planned after he suffered a first-round knockout loss at UFC Austin. King has been a veteran of the UFC, fighting with the promotion since 2013 as he looks to defeat another veteran and keep his spot in the Lightweight rankings.

Miller is currently on a two-fight winning streak after earning a 23-second knockout win at UFC Vegas 74 and a third-round submission win at UFC Vegas 84. A10 has all sorts of record in his name since fighting with the promotion in October 2008, holding the record for most fights and wins in UFC history. Miller is the only fighter to compete in UFC 100 and UFC 200, both ending with a victory as not only could he be victorious in another UFC century PPV event, but enter the Lightweight rankings at the same time.


Jessica Andrade vs Marina Rodriguez (UFC Women's Strawweight Bout) - Andrade did not back out once in 2023, fighting five times in one calendar year despite only winning twice. The former UFC Strawweight Champion last fought at UFC 295 where she defeated Mackenzie Dern by third-round TKO to maintain her #4 contender's spot. Bate Estaca is well-experienced in the UFC, fighting in multiple weight divisions since July 2013 as she looks to kickstart another winning streak in her career.

Rodriguez fought twice last year, losing by unanimous decision to Virna Jandiroba at UFC 288 but triumphed against Michelle Waterson-Gomez by second-round TKO at UFC Vegas 79. Despite earning nine decision wins in her MMA career, the Brazilian's preference to ending the fight has always been by KO/TKO as seven of her victories have ended with a knockout. The #6 Strawweight contender has the chance to move up the rankings and potentially be involved in title contention if she can defeat the former Queen of the Strawweights.


Jalin Turner vs Renato Moicano (UFC Lightweight Bout) - Turner had a rather unlucky 2023 with two split decision losses against Mateusz Gamrot at UFC 285 and Dan Hooker at UFC 290, but he did redeem himself at UFC Austin with a first-round knockout win over Bobby Green. The #10 Lightweight contender does not let the fight go the distance when he is victorious as all of his 14 MMA wins have ended by KO/TKO or submission. The Tarantula will look to start a winning streak and aim to maintain his ranking if he is successful against the Brazilian.

Moicano recently returned at UFC Vegas 85 after a 15-month absence from an injury, defeating Drew Dober by unanimous decision. The Brasilia-born fighter has proven to be a real submission artist with five of his last six conquered opponents submitting to Moicano. The #13 Lightweight contender has the opportunity to move up three places in the Lightweight rankings and potentially face a top contender in his next bout.


Preliminary card

Sodiq Yusuff vs Diego Lopes (UFC Featherweight Bout) - Yusuff last fought at UFC Vegas 81, losing by unanimous decision to Edson Barboza. 'Super' Sodiq did have a better year in 2022 when he earned a 30-second submission victory over Don Shainis and an unanimous decision win over Alex Caceres which both occurred at the UFC APEX. With the Nigerian fighting in front of a full crowd for the first time since UFC 246, the #13 Featherweight contender will aim to maintain his spot in the division against an up-and-coming contender.

Lopes made his UFC debut in 2023, fighting three times with; an unanimous decision loss against Movsar Evloev at UFC 288, a first-round submission win against Gavin Tucker at UFC Nashville, and a first-round TKO triumph over Pat Sabatini at UFC 295. It is not often you see the Brazilian go the distance as 19 of his 23 victories have ended by knockout or submission. The Manaus-born fighter has become a gradual fan-favourite with his entertaining fight style as he has the chance to enter the Featherweight rankings at the UFC's most iconic event.


Holly Holm vs Kayla Harrison (UFC Women's Bantamweight Bout) - Despite her last fight ending in a no contest, Holm has been on a roll with three of her last four fights ending successfully by unanimous decision. The former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion last earned a stoppage win back in June 2017 when she defeated Bethe Correia by third-round knockout at UFC Singapore. The Preacher's Daughter faces a new challenge as the #5 contender faces off against a tough UFC debutant.

Harrison makes her UFC debut in possibly the most legendary fight in the promotion as the former PFL fighter has proven to be a big problem, having an MMA record of 16 wins and one loss. The former two-time Olympic Judo gold medallist has proven to be a dangerous competitor as she has earned six wins by both TKO and submission out of the 16 victories that Harrison has earned in her career. The Ohio fighter could make a big statement in her first fight in the UFC as she will both enter the rankings and beat a former champion if she is triumphant.


Calvin Kattar vs Aljamain Sterling (UFC Bantamweight Bout) - Kattar has not fought since October 2022 when he lost to Arnold Allen at UFC Vegas 63. The Boston Finisher was last successful at UFC Vegas 46 when he defeated Giga Chikadze by unanimous decision. With only one win in his last four fights, the #8 Featherweight contender will look to get back to winning ways as he welcomes a new challenger to the division.

Sterling suffered heartbreak in his last fight when he lost his UFC Bantamweight Championship to Sean O'Malley at UFC 292, losing by second-round TKO. Before his title loss, Funk Master was on a nine-fight winning streak as he earned noticeable wins over current fighters; Petr Yan, Cory Sandhagen, Henry Cejudo and Pedro Munhoz. The #2 Bantamweight contender looks to make a new challenge for himself as he steps up a weight class and possibly become a new contender in the Featherweight division.


Jiri Prochazka vs Aleksandar Rakic (UFC Light Heavyweight Bout) - Prochazka suffered his first loss in 14 fights when he was vanquished by Alex Pereira by third-round TKO, failing to capture the Light Heavyweight title for the second time. The #2 Light Heavyweight contender has shown to be a knockout artist throughout his career with 25 out of 29 wins ending by KO/TKO. The Czech Republican looks to get back in the win column in his fifth fight with the promotion which could allow him to get back into title contention.

Rakic last fought at UFC Vegas 54 after he suffered a third-round TKO loss against Jan Blachowicz due to a knee injury. The Serbian was last triumphant back in August 2021 when he defeated Thiago Santos by unanimous decision at UFC 259. The #5 Light Heavyweight contender is in desperate need of a victory as he has not won in three years, and a win against Prochazka will not only redeem himself but possibly earn him a title shot.


Main card

Bo Nickal vs Cody Brundage (UFC Middleweight Bout) - Nickal has been an eye-catching prospect in the UFC, making his debut in 2023 with a submission win against Jamie Pickett at UFC 285 before earning a knockout win against Val Woodburn at UFC 290. In all of his five MMA fights, the Colorado-born fighter has stopped every opponent in the first round with two knockout wins and three submission victories. With such high potential, Nickal could be in contention for the Middleweight rankings if he is successful at UFC 300.

Brundage fought four times, losing his first two in the beginning of the year but finishing off strong with two wins. His last fight ended in both crazy and exotic fashion as the Englewood-born fighter defeated Zachary Reese with a slam knockout in the first round at UFC Austin. With all of the attention mainly focused on Nickal, Brundage could make a surprise and a name for himself by defeating or stopping the prospect.


Charles Oliveira vs Arman Tsarukyan (UFC Lightweight Bout) - Oliveira made up from his title loss at UFC 280 with a first-round TKO win over Beneil Dariush at UFC 289. The former UFC Lightweight Champion went on an 11-fight winning streak before losing to Islam Makhachev, earning 10 stoppage wins from both knockout and submission. Do Bronxs is in a comfortable position in the Lightweight rankings, sitting as the #1 contender as he will want to make sure to secure a win in order to get his destined rematch against the Lightweight Champion. 

Tsarukyan earned two impressive wins in 2023 with a third-round TKO win against Joaquim Silva at UFC Vegas 75 and a first-round KO win over Beneil Dariush at UFC Austin. The Armenian has only lost twice in the UFC, both ending by unanimous decision, which occurred against Islam Makhachev and Mateusz Gamrot. The #4 Lightweight contender is currently on a three-fight winning streak and with a win against the former Lightweight Champion, Tsarukyan will earn the biggest fight of his career.


Justin Gaethje vs Max Holloway (BMF Title Lightweight Bout) - Gaethje may have had the best year in his MMA career when he secured a majority decision win over Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286 before becoming the BMF title holder at UFC 291 when he knocked out Dustin Poirier in the second round. The Highlight is one of the most dangerous strikers in the Lightweight division as 20 of his 25 career wins have ended by KO/TKO. The #2 Lightweight contender will not only look to win and get his final shot for the undisputed UFC Lightweight title, but he will look to be the first fighter to knockout Max Holloway.

Holloway has kept his #1 Featherweight contender's spot for quite some time now after defeating Arnold Allen by unanimous decision at UFC Kansas City and The Korean Zombie by third-round knockout at UFC Singapore. Blessed has only been stopped once in his career which came on his UFC debut when he submitted to Dustin Poirier at UFC 143. The former UFC Featherweight Champion has the chance to win a highly regarded title as two of the most entertaining fighters in UFC history square off.


Zhang Weili vs Yan Xiaonan (UFC Women's Strawweight Title Bout) - Weili has looked unstoppable ever since her title loss rematch to Rose Namajunas at UFC 268 as Magnum has gone on an incredible run, defeating; Joanna Jedrzejczyk by second-round knockout at UFC 275, Carla Esparza by second-round submission at UFC 281, and Amanda Lemos by a dominant unanimous decision at UFC 292. The UFC Strawweight Champion has only been stopped once in her career which occurred at UFC 261 with a knockout loss to Rose Namajunas. The Handan-born fighter looks to make another successful title defence and soon be known as the greatest Strawweight fighter of all time.

Xiaonan only fought once in 2023 but ended the fight in spectacular fashion when she defeated Jessica Andrade by first-round knockout at UFC 288. Before her TKO loss to Carla Esparza, the Shenyang-born fighter went on a six-fight winning streak with all of her victories ending by unanimous decision. The #1 Strawweight contender has the opportunity to defeat her fellow Chinese fighter and become the Queen of the division as a victory will mean that Xiaonan is the third fighter to have ever defeated Weili.


Alex Pereira vs Jamahal Hill (UFC Light Heavyweight Title Bout) - Pereira made history in 2023 as not only did he become the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion at UFC 295 in Madison Square Garden, but he became the ninth fighter to win a title in two divisions as he previously was the Middleweight Champion in the same year. Poatan has only had seven fights in the promotion, earning four KO/TKO wins, two decision victories and one knockout loss. The King of the Light Heavyweights look to make his first successful title defence in the UFC and avenge the title loss of his trainer, Glover Teixeira, to Jamahal Hill at UFC 283.

Hill became an incredible fighter to watch before he earned a shot at UFC Gold in Brazil as the American earned a three-fight knockout winning streak. Just like Pereira, Sweet Dreams likes to keep the fight standing up as seven of his 12 triumphs have ended by KO/TKO, making him a threat in striking if opponents decide to stand and trade with him. The #1 Light Heavyweight will aim to get back his belt he never lost as he had to relinquish the title last year due to injury.


Who do you believe will come out victorious in the Main Event? Will UFC 300 be the greatest event in MMA history? Which fight are you looking forward to the most? What are your predictions?


Written by Charlie Oxtoby


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