July 19th brings the third night on fight island with another title belt on the line. As fight island season keeps powering forward, here are five reasons to check out this weekend’s offering.
- (Finally) A new flyweight champion will be crowned
When Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez met for the first time, with the vacant title on the line, the fight went somewhat under the radar despite it being a great match-up. The first fight showed this with an entertaining fight up to the point where Brazil’s Figueiredo stopped Benavidez in the second round but was unable to be crowned the champion after missing weight. Now we get to run it back, which though not ideal, it was good the first time and will surely deliver again. With both men making weight this time around, we will see a new flyweight champion crowned on Saturday.
2. A match-up between two 185-pound nightmares
Jack Hermansson and Kelvin Gastelum are absolute nightmare match-ups for any middleweight. Hermansson’s relentless cardio and awkward style pushed him right through the middleweight rankings before losing to Jared Cannonier. Kelvin Gastelum, on the other hand, is coming off of back-to-back losses for the first time in his career after losing decisions to Darren Till and Israel Adesanya, where he pushed the middleweight champion further than anyone else. Whoever wins this stays at the top end of the top 10 rankings of a very exciting middleweight division.
3. ‘The Bonecrusher’ continues
Since losing three in a row, Marc Diakiese has been gaining his momentum back performance by performance. With two dominant performances against Joseph Duffy and Lando Vannata, Diakiese has been able to reclaim the hype he once had and will be looking to build on that with a statement performance on fight island.
4. A rare occurrence in the 125 pound division
The flyweight division has suffered for a long time with a lack of real stakes. Now with the vacant title on the line, the card also features a bout between top contenders Alexandre Pantoja and Askar Askarov. A big performance from either could solidify their status as the next man to challenge for the flyweight belt. Real stakes in an interesting match-up at flyweight.
5. Representing the UK on the prelims
As is the case with all fight island cards, the UK is well represented. As well as Marc Diakiese on the main card, Joseph Duffy, Nad Narimani and Brett Johns also feature on the prelims card; representing England, Ireland and Wales. If Wednesday’s card is anything to go by, expect a statement of intent from at least one of these men.