Dennis Bermudez (10-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Max Holloway (7-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) are set for a featherweight clash on the preliminary card of UFC 160 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both men lost their UFC debuts but have won their last 3 and have had some scintillating performances to boot.
This is the only featherweight tilt on the card, and it has the makings of a very fun contest between two young prospects. The FX preliminary card starts at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT, followed by the PPV broadcast at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Bermudez: 26 years old | 5'6" | 66" reach
Holloway: 21 years old | 5'11" | 70" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Bermudez advanced to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 14, but lost to Diego Brandao by armbar in one of the great TUF Finales of all-time. He's won his last 3 fights, including an unbelievable war with Matt Grice at UFC 157. Bermudez survived hard punches and a near KO in the 1st round to rally late in the 3rd and just about putting Grice out on his feet. The back and forth war ended with Bermudez earning the unanimous decision nod.
Holloway lost his UFC debut to contender Dustin Poirier at UFC 143, but the injury call-up performed well against a top 10 fighter and has amassed 3 straight wins. The Hawaiian has shown diverse, precise striking in his victories, particularly in his demolition of Pat Schilling and TKO win over Justin Lawrence. Admittedly, the split decision over Leonard Garcia was fortunate, but he once again came in on short notice.
Why should you care?
Bermudez was just in a FOTY candidate and Holloway is a very good prospect with a crowd pleasing striking style. It's one of the many excellent matchups tonight in Las Vegas.