UFC Atlantic City Preview

UFC Atlantic City Preview

March 29, 2024|

We've got an exciting card ahead of us this weekend, coming to fans live from the great state of New Jersey this Saturday. Erin Blanchfield and Manon Fiorot are fighting for the status of number one contender, and the opportunity to fight the eventual and assumed winner of the trilogy between UFC Flyweight champion Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko. The card will also feature several local fighters including Erin Blanchfield herself, in addition to Vicente Luque who will be competing in the co-main event against viral knockout sensation Joaquin Buckley. Chris Weidman also returns to the octagon this weekend in our featured bout of the card against Bruno Silva.

Let's take a look and break down the entire card as it shows on Verdict.

Erin Blanchfield vs Manon Fiorot

While UFC flyweight champion Alexa Grasso and rival Valentina Shevchenko are filming the 32nd season of The Ultimate Fighter, a new number-one contender will be revealed following this weekend's main event. It is assumed that Grasso and Shevchenko will settle the score soon, but the winner of this fight between Erin Blanchfield and Manon Fiorot should be next in line for that opportunity to challenge for gold. These women are ready to take that next step in their career, and both are young and ready to realize their dreams of becoming a UFC champion. Both women have won a combined 20 fights in a row, and are undefeated in the UFC. Both actively look for finishes, so if you enjoy high-level mixed martial arts, with high stakes, be sure to tune in this weekend.


Vicente Luque vs Joaquin Buckley

This is a different kind of fight for Vicente Luque, one that we normally don't see. Luque has always been a staple of the welterweight division, taking on the best the division has to offer, and has fought legends of the sport like Leon Edwards, Stephen Thompson, and Tyron Woodley. Belal Muhammad, and Rafael Dos Anjos. When Luque fought Geoff Neal back in 2022, he took a tough beating and suffered the first knockout loss of his career. He went out on his shield, but unfortunately later revealed that he suffered a brain hemorrhage, and was sidelined for a year to recover. When he came back, he just did not look the same against RDA. His opponent this weekend is an unranked, up-and-coming prospect who is riding a lot of momentum and is actively looking to enter the welterweight rankings. Aside from a brief period of fame following his viral knockout of Impa Kasaganay, Buckley has struggled to maintain consistency in his career. His recent move down to 170 lbs has been successful thus far, but he looks to enter the rankings this weekend against a legend.

Chris Weidman vs Bruno Silva

Chris Weidman returns to the octagon this weekend against Bruno Silva in our Middleweight featured bout. Weidman returned from one of the worst injuries we have ever seen in MMA back in August against Brad Tavares. In addition to getting used to a fight on his previously broken leg, Weidman suffered a hairline fracture of his other leg and was compromised virtually the entire fight. Weidman has said throughout fight week that he feels fantastic and can move just fine on the feet, but Bruno Silva will be a very dangerous opponent for him. Silva will look to keep this on the feet, where 20 of his 23 wins have come by knockout, but Weidman will actively look to wrestle, and if he's able to get the fight to the ground, he'll have a chance, as Silva has been submitted seven times in his career. Whoever can dictate the fight will emerge victorious.


Nursulton Ruziboev vs Sedriques Dumas

This main card bout will feature two up-and-coming prospects in what should be a fight that ends early. Ruziboev is a gigantic middleweight, standing six foot five, and while he is only 30 years old, has over 45 professional fights in his career. 33 of his 35 wins have come by a finish, and can truly win the fight on the feet, or the ground. On the other hand, Dumas had an active 2023 and while he was handed his first professional loss at the hands of Josh Fremd, he has rebounded nicely with two straight wins. This will be a fun fight, and it should end before the judges scorecards.

Bill Algeo vs Kyle Nelson

Bill Algeo and Kyle Nelson will open up the main card in what should be a fun scrap. Both have had plenty of UFC experience and are looking to continue their winning ways in hopes of moving up the division. Algeo has won two in a row, while Nelson is unbeaten in his last three fights. Great fight to open up the Atlantic City main card.

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