The first three events on the UFC’s ‘Fight Island’ have flown by in a successful fashion. From vicious knockouts, slick submissions, and truly competitive fights, the MMA community has been treated to some brilliant entertainment.
This Saturday night’s event will be headlined by a Middleweight clash between Robert Whittaker and Darren Till and promises to close the curtains on ‘Fight Island’ in style. One of the biggest positives of the ‘Fight Island’ period is the performances of some of UFC’s lesser-known prospects and debutants.
And not many fighters impressed more than Sweden’s Khamzat Chimaev, who made his UFC debut on the prelims of UFC ‘Fight Island’ 1, last Wednesday. The Allstars Training Center product destroyed veteran John Phillips in a one-sided mauling.
Chimaev demonstrated some brutal ground-and-pound in the first round before submitting the Welsh man with a D’arce choke at the start of the second round. The undefeated Swedish sensation wasted no time in getting another fight and will kick off this Saturday’s main-card against Rhys McKee, who will be making his UFC debut.
Mckee has been a rising star in British and Irish MMA for quite some time, and now the 24-year-old will have to prove he’s able to swim in deep waters against the toughest test of his career thus far.
Rhys Mckee made a name for himself in organizations such as Bamma and Cage Warriors for his entertaining and aggressive style. And even though McKee is known for his striking, he also possesses a great jiu-jitsu game, which has led to the Ballymena man getting a stoppage in all 10 of his wins (7 knockouts, 3 submissions).
‘Skeletor’ will surely be looking to take away some of Chimaev’s spotlight, and will probably look to keep it a stand-up affair. Khamzat Chimaev has demonstrated some vicious power in the past (if you haven’t seen his uppercut knockout of Ikram Aliskerov I strongly suggest you give it a watch). But, if his last night is anything to go by then ‘Borz’ will probably look to take McKee down and maul him.
It’s always hard to judge how good a fighter like Mckee is before he steps into the UFC Octagon, but his striking skills and confidence give him at least a fighting chance, if not more.
All eyes will be on Chimaev, who will be fighting at his preferred weight of 170 pounds, just ten days after fighting at Middleweight. However, if the weight cut goes well I believe the risk will pay off and Chimaev will add another win to his undefeated 7-0 record with another dominant Khabib-esque ground-and-pound performance.