This weekend the UFC returns to the UK for the first time since February, and Revgear has backed a host of the very best UK talent featuring on the card.
Starting with the one and only ever Geordie (Native of Newcastle Upon Tyne, which is also home of the famous Brown Ale) fighter Andy Ogle who looks to extend Cole Millers problematic return to 145lbs where he has gone 1-3, an interesting style matchup will pit Andy Ogle’s well rounded game against Millers dangerous submission game and ludicrous reach advantage on the feet.
Straight after comes the first UFC women’s fight in Europe, where the smartest UFC fighter Revgear sponsored Rosi Sexton takes on Brazilian Jessica Andrade, both fighters are coming off losses in their UFC debuts and are looking to make their mark in the Women’s Bantamweight division.
The Main Card then kicks off with an intriguing Flyweight tilt, with Revgear backed Phil Harris taking on his toughest challenge to date, the English Submission and Judo ace takes on #5 ranked John Lineker, who can be best described as a 125lb whirlwind of offence, Lineker has had trouble making weight, missing it in half of his UFC fights to date, but his striking skills cannot be ignored a win for him will push him into title contention and a win for Phil “Billy” would shake the division up.
Although not the first Northern Irishman in the UFC “Stormin’” Norman Parke will have the full support of the small nation (and Revgear). He is the only man from to Northern Ireland to register a win inside the Octagon, becoming the TUF Smashes 155lb Champion in the process, riding an 8 fight win streak he takes on undefeated 7-0 John Tuck, someone will lose their undefeated UFC record in what I predict could be one of the front runners for fight of the night.
Next up for the Revgear Warriors will be the “Poster Boy” Jimi Manuwa the UK striker has racked up 13 stoppages in 13 fights, 12 coming by way of T/KO, his brutal stoppage of Kyle Kingsbury showed the power he has. Many UFC fans have not had to watch Ryan Jimmo’s distinctively decision heavy MFC run, his three UFC fights have consisted of a 7 second KO, a thrilling decision win and a very hard to watch decision. If Manuwa connects with strikes his opponent is in trouble, questions remain on his stamina as he has never made it out of the 2nd round.
Last but by no means least representing Revgear, in the co-main event Ross Pearson takes on Melvin Guillard in a fight that all but guarantees fireworks, both men love to strike and have a laundry list of T/KO finishes. Whether winning or losing both men tend to avoid giving the judges a decision to make and this fight should get the crowd fired up for the main event!
Almost all the fights could go either way, as shown by the close betting lines, this should translate into a fantastic night of fights in Manchester!