The UFC continues to thrive during these difficult times where no other sports are happening. The action continues this week from the Apex in Las Vegas, NV, on Saturday, June 13. While this isn’t the best card, there are plenty of reasons why fans should tune into the event instead of overlooking the lackluster of big names.
One reason to watch is for the debut of Anthony Ivy. The original plans for Ivy’s debut were supposed to be during UFC 250 which was headlined by Amanda Nunes defending her featherweight title against Felicia Spencer.
Ivy wasted no time after signing with the promotion as he was quickly mentioned to replace the #13 ranked middleweight, Ian Heinisch to take on unranked Gerald Meerschaert. It was reported that a member of Heinisch’s staff tested positive for COVID-19, which later turned out to be false.
Heinisch was able to go with the fight as planned and made a thunderous statement when he knocked out Meerschaert in 1:13 in the first round.
With the competition in the UFC being at a whole other level, there’s no telling how Ivy would’ve performed in his debut. One thing that’s certain is that there’s no denying the power and ability that Ivy possesses. He’s currently on a blistering five-fight winning streak. That streak started off with two straight submissions followed by three-straight knockouts.
Ivy won the Fury FC welterweight title in September 2018 and successfully defended it twice. He also competed and won in RFA, LFA, and WXC that helped pave the way to his upcoming debut.
Now with the stage set for Ivy, he’ll have his hands full as his opponent, Christian Aguilera is also making his UFC debut. Aguilera is currently riding a two-fight win streak. This is just a sneak peek of the type of power and toughness that Aguilera brings to this contest himself.
The card will likely open up with these two dynamic athletes. That said, MMA fans should tune in early to see the upcoming talent.