UFC 300 Prelims Preview

UFC 300 Prelims Preview

Liam Lindsay|
April 12, 2024|

The time is now! The historic UFC 300 is finally here; with a thirteen-fight main card including twelve former Champions and eighteen ranked contenders, it easily wins the merit of the most stacked card in UFC history. Today, we will break down every prelim, discussing the matchups, their impact, and how they may play out.

Deiveson Figueiredo (#7) vs. Cody Garbrandt

The first fight of UFC 300 is a fight that has been previously booked before. In 2020, Garbrandt was supposed to move down to the Flyweight division to face Figueiredo in a title fight; now, they get to do it at 300. Both men are former Champions, primarily strikers with insane knockout power for the division. However, we have seen Figueiredo use his dangerous BJJ black belt when he submitted Joseph Benavidez and Alex Pe4rez.

We have also seen Cody Garbrandt lean on his wrestling skillset, which he effortlessly used to win a unanimous decision over Trevin Jones. Both men can expect to look for the knockout, but if needed, they can rely on their other skills to get the job done.


Bobby Green (#14) vs. Jim Miller

The next fight is a true veteran vs. veteran matchup. Jim Miller gets his wish and will become the only fighter to have competed on UFC 100, UFC 200, and UFC 300. In the last years, Miller has shown far too much to handle for the lower-ranked Lightweights, quickly dispatching over Nikolas Motta and Jesse Butler. He also has the second most submission victories and finishes, falling behind Charles Oliveira in both categories.

On the other hand, Bobby Green is the record holder for the most significant and total strikes that have landed in the lightweight division and has a genuine, anytime-anywhere attitude. He defeated Tony Ferguson and Grant Dawson in 2023 and now is looking to get back in the win column against Jim Miller. "King" we'll be looking to use his unique style of fast, volumetric striking to outpace Miller and get the victory.

Jessica Andrade vs. Marina Rodrigues

This Women's Strawweight bout is guaranteed to be explosive. Jessica Andrade is a former Champion and has received the most performance bonuses among all women who have competed in the UFC. Marina Rodriguez is equally entertaining, coming off a brutal finish over Michelle Waterson-Gomez.

We can expect Andrade to shoot forward with her powerful striking and look for Rodriguez to stick at a distance and piece Andrade up with her long-range kickboxing. There could be a finish at any moment in this fight.


Jalin Turner (#10) vs. Renato Moicano (#13)

To close out the early prelims, Turner and Moicano will throw down in the UFC octagon. Turner is a physical specimen for the Lightweight division, standing at 6'3, and he looks every bit of it, and he's coming off a first-round KO over Bobby Green. Moicano is also coming off a victory against Drew Dober and has won 4 of his last five fights.

Jalin Turner will be looking to poke holes in Moicano's defense, whereas "Money" will want to drag the fight to the ground to look for a submission, which he has had ten of in his career. The winner of this fight will get a highly-ranked Lightweight opponent next.

Sodiq Yusuff (#13) vs. Diego Lopes

The prelim opener is a Featherweight bout between Sodiq Yusuff and new star Diego Lopes. Yusuff has been in the UFC since 2018 and is coming off a Fight of The Year contender against Edson Barboza. He has a well-rounded game and has displayed his power against Suman Mokhtarian and Gabriel Benitez.

Diego Lopes, on the other hand, hasn't even been in the UFC for a year, but he's made a massive name for himself. His UFC debut against Movsar Evloev immediately garnered attention; since then, he's received two POTNs in his last two wins.

Yusuff, despite having a solid wrestling game, will likely look to keep this fight on the feet, and Lopes will want to get it to the ground to execute his nasty submission game. But both men are still dangerous wherever the fight goes.


Holly Holm (#5) vs. Kayla Harrison

This fight will mark the debut of two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Judoka Kayla Harrison, who will take on former boxing Champion Holly Holm. It is a clear grappler vs. striker matchup, and there's no secret as to which fighter will be looking to do what.

Both fighters have been Champions in their divisions. Holly Holm previously held the UFC Bantamweight title, and Kayla Harrison is a former three-time PFL World Champion.

Calvin Katter (#8) vs. Aljamain Sterling (#2 BW)

Halfway through the card, we have Calvin Kattar returning from a nearly two year layoff to face one of the Bantamweight GOATs, Aljamain Sterling.

Calvin Kattar suffered a knee injury in his last fight vs. Arnold Allen, and has not competed since October 2022. He's a dangerous striker with eleven career knockouts, including highlight wins over Jeremy Stephens and Shane Burgos.

Aljamain Sterling on the other hand, is a master of the back-take, and will be looking to secure a submission vs. Kattar. This will be his first career fight at Featherweight, a move that was always going to come considering Sterlings size at BW.


Jiri Prochazka (#2) vs. Aleksandar Rakic (#5)

The final prelim of UFC 300 will be a Light-Heavyweight matchup that could easily be the co-main event of any other PPV. Jiri Prochazka will look to defend his ranking against Rakic, who is also coming off near two year layoff, having last competed in May 2022.

Prochazka will be looking to make the fight awkward and high paced, whereas Rakic will want to slow it down and bully Jiri with his wrestling skillset. Both men possess insane knockout power, so it's safe to say this one going to distance isn't likely.

Which prelim are you most excited for? As a member of the Verdict Community, let us know in the comments below.

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