January’s not only about McGregor v Cerrone – The other five fights worth seeing this January

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The ordering process for Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view has changed for the year. UFC 246, according to reports, is only available on ESPN- in the United States.

That said, the first month of the year 2020 will not waste much time trying to get off to a memorable start, as the biggest start in MMA history, Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, returns to the octagon to take on the record-setting Donald “The Cowboy” Cerrone in the UFC 246 the main event on Saturday, January 18, 2020. While the majority of betting enthusiast in Nevada or wherever in the world are focused on their epic showdown, there are several other intriguing battles continue to fly under the radar.

Here are the gooner news five more obscure January matchups fans should make an effort to catch:

Raimond Magomedaliev vs. Joey Pierotti

One Championship “A New Tomorrow”

Jan. 10 | Bangkok

Thailand receives One Championship to kick off its 2020 campaign and will do so with a card flooded by solid talent. The even in Thailand features a clash between Magomedaliev and Pierotti – two fighters who boast of a combined record of 16-2. The former flaunts a 5-1 mark, with four wins that resulted in finishes. 

His only defeat was in his last appearances’ an unexpected a decision loss to the undefeated James Nakashima in November 2018. Magomededaliev has shown that he has the ability to end fights either on the feet or on the ground.

Pierotti, on the other hand, will make his debut under One Championship banner after enjoying a brilliant run of career on the regional scene, which included victories over David Mundell and Emmanuel Walo in his two outings. The only defeat on Pierotti record was put by current UFC lightweight Tristan Connelly. Of Pierotti 11 wins, nine out of it have come via stoppage time. And based on both fighter’s track of records, as noted by gooner news, this confrontation is hard to suggest who does come out the champion.

Christopher Brown vs. Carrington Banks

Legacy Fighting Alliance 80

Jan. 17 | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Truth be told, Christopher Brown does not look much of a fighter who will not be competing on the regional scene much longer. The Jackson-Wink MMA product has compiled a 5-1 record, and his only loss was as a result in a split decision to UFC veteran Thomas Gifford. Brown had so many viewers surprised in his most recent appearance when he knocked out Dana White’s Contender Series alum Austin Tweedy in the first round of their Nov. 27 meeting.

The 30-year-old fighter heads into Legacy Fighting Alliance vs Carrington Banks on the back of a three-fight winning streak. Banks, on the other hand, appeared to be an exciting addition to the Bellator MMA roaster after starting his career 4-0. Banks lived up to many enthusiast expectations, as he defeated the likes of C.J. Keith, Jake Roberts and Steve Kozol in his first three appearances with the organization.

However, a lot has happened following this impressive run of his fight as was submitted in his fight with Adam Piccolotti and was on the receiving end of a highlight-reel knockout from Mandel Nallo before resurfacing in the Island Fights promotion in March 2019 and stopping David Alex Duarte in the second round. All eyes will be on his return to the ring once again as he go in head-to-head with Christopher Brown.

Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff

UFC 246

Jan. 18 | Las Vegas

While a lot of bookings have gone down the drain to the Conor McGregor-Donald Cerrone on Saturday, January 18, 2020, which figures to draw all the headlines at UFC 246, a featherweight affair happening in Las Vegas same day could become the “Fight of the Night.” This seems to be a perfect-storm pairing between a fighter in his prime (Fili) and a fighter on the rise (Yusuff).

Fili heads into the Octagon for the 14th time and the Team Alpha Male representative has never looked better during his six-year stint with the promotion. Fili has proved to excel at his striking and underrated wrestling skills.

However, his fight opponent Sodig Yusuff has also established himself as a true blue-chip prospect who some see as a future champion in the promotion. The Nigerian international followed a successful appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series by posting victories in each of his first three UFC assignments. Yusuff otherwise referred to as “Super” has a high ceiling as any featherweight champion on the roster and appears to have the only kickoff the brighter face of his career.

Brett Johns vs. Tony Gravely

UFC Fight Night 166

Jan. 25 | Raleigh, North Carolina

After bagging Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and Titan Fighting Championship to his resume, Brett Johns decided to join the UFC with the kind of fighting skills that takes every MMA fans off their seats. At first, Johns lived up to expectations and won each of his first three fights inside the Octagon. However, when he duped upper-tier champions like himself in Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz, the Swansea-born Welsh professional mixed martial artist results were far less impressing. On the back of those back-to-back defeats, Johns, who turns 28 next month, seems to have found his winning form back on track and regain some of the hype that once surrounded him as he goes into the octagon this time against Tony Gravely.

Tony Gravely, meanwhile, was one of the most decorated fighters on the regional MMA scene, where he managed to secure the bantamweight championships in four different organizations, including King of the Cage and CES MMA. Now on the record of 19-5, the former Appalachian State University wrestler has posted seven straight wins, the most recent of them—a third-round technical knockout of Ray Rodriguez on Dana White’s Contender Series—earning him a UFC contract. It’s hard picking out who the odds on in this fight whosoever ends up champions in this bout, is truly a king!

Joshua Pacio vs. Alex Silva

One Championship “Fire and Fury”

Jan. 31 | Manila, Philippines

Joshua Pacio will attempt to defender his strawweight championship for the second time in front of his hometown when he heads into the octagon against Alex Silva at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Filipino star has established himself as one of the most talented fighters on the One Championship roster and carries an impressive 18-3 record, with six wins to his name in his last seven appearances. Pacio, 23, had delivered eight of his 18 career victories by submission and has slowly begun to make a name for himself as one of the top 125-pound fighters in the sport.

Alex Silva, meanwhile, will find himself in no man’s land when he tries to reclaim a belt once in his possession. The 37-year-old Brazilian international also performs brilliantly in the ring, as evidenced by the eight submission wins on his resume. Silva, who has never been beaten to finishing, won two of his opponents with armbars in the second round.

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