Yair Rodriguez, both 26 years old and also Alexa Grasso represent two of the brightest prospects to come out of Mexico. On Saturdaythey have an chance to have a huge stride in their own careers.

Rodriguez headlines UFC Mexico City, matched up with feather-weight Jeremy Stephens, who will be making his 31st walk into the Octagon. Against battle-tested rivalry,”El Pantera” has received mixed effects. He blew a well-past-his-prime B. J. Penn, but had been humbled by perennial rival Frankie Edgar. He then recovered much of his hype with a once in a lifetime elbow knock-out of”The Korean Zombie” last November.

In Stephens, Rodriguez has an opponent seemingly tailor-made for his stand up personality that is exciting of course, fans can be treated to another moment when his mental match has caught up to his prodigious talents.

As she heads into a event bout with inaugural UFC strawweight winner Carla Esparza the exact same can be thought of Grasso. After starting her career 9-0, Grasso struck on a few speed bumps, also being defeated by Tatiana Suarez and quitting a decision. Grasso bounced straight back winning a decision . She now has the chance to cement himself as a legitimate competitor against Esparza, a grinder who is sure to put the wrestling shield of Grasso .

In other primary card actions,”The Asassin Baby” Brandon Moreno returns into the UFC in a flyweight bout contrary to the debuting Askar Askarov, Irene Al-Dana faces short-notice replacement Vanessa Melo in a 140-pound catch-weight bout, and also The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 winner Martin Bravo looks to snap an two-fight slide when he matches Steven Peterson in featherweight.

What’s UFC Mexico City

Where: Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City

When: Saturday, Sept. 21. The entire card will air on the ESPN+ streaming agency with the seven-fight preliminaries beginning in 5 p.m. ET and the five-fight major card starting in 8 pm ET.

Don’t let his .500 list within the Octagon fool you,”Lil Heathen” has only been knocked out twice in 44 pro bouts and that’s having shared the crate with a few of the heaviest hitters in MMA. It will take a lot for Rodriguez to put him down, particularly since Rodriguez should look to approach this match. Rodriguez revealed a chin that was solid in the Chan Sung Jung matchup, but he wont wish to discover how it stands against the hammers of Stephens.

With a couple of inches of height on Stephens, Rodriguezkicking game will be on display that is full and he will use it to prevent Stephens from wading in and brawling. If he would like to pick up his second win stick-and-move will be this match to get Rodriguez’s name.

I presume Rodriguez pulls it off, winning following a five rounds of activity the scorecards.

Alexa Grasso’s last performance against Karolina Kowalkiewicz was promising and moved along way towards reminding fans of her boxing and glossy footwork. It’s a pity we did not get to see because remains the largest question mark in regards to just how much she can progress in the UFC strawweight branch, just how her wrestling has evolved.

She is since Esparza had the misfortune of running into Joanna Jedrzejczyk four decades 27, the best boxer Carla Esparza has confronted some time. So it is not as if Grasso may be the only one whose defense is going to have to be on point. Those takedowns grow to be real difficult once you will get jabbed in the head over and over again.

That said, I can not pick against Grasso yet until I’ve seen that she can stay on her feet contrary to a elite wrestler. Esparza may possibly be as explosive as Tatiana Suarez, for fighting during that type of adversity is unknown, but she’s dragged a great deal of quality fighters into deep waters and the capacity of Grasso.

This could turn out to be a little of a mirror match given that Brandon Moreno and also Askar Askarov flourish in chaotic scenarios. Moreno has been saying the ideal reasons for growing and maturing, but it generally does not require much to get a fighter to depart the match plan when he meets with a competition which can battle him.

Both the Moreno and Askarov are active on the ground, always seeking to finish or perform damage. Both are capable of bursting into a flurry of offense. Both love to choke out people.

Askarov is no joke, even having won over championships in Russia, and anyone believing this is being installed so Moreno can really have a happy homecoming will find out that Askarov is no one’s training dummy. Still, I enjoy the opportunities of Moreno here in case only because the elevation could play with an issue and also he has slightly more pop. Moreno hands Askarov his first loss though it will be close and by submission.

Irene Al-Dana is a bantamweight that is ferocious. Constant pressure power, she’s a tough matchup for anyone. That lack of prep time has recently cost Vanessa Melo because weight was overlooked by her, and fight night might be more of an ordeal for its UFC novice.

Melo brings a great story into the Octagon with her as she’s gone since being a mother. Would”Mama Melo” function as potent a force like”Dad Cerrone?” Doubtful, particularly once you consider that Al Dana is head and shoulders above Melo competition. Props into Melo for carrying this fight just 10 days’ notice, but Al-Dana is perhaps not just anyone to mess .

As long as Al-Dana treats Melo together with the appropriate respect, this wouldn’t persist long. Al-Dana is to capture a knockout victory in the UFC and that I see that her becoming it here.

As Martin Bravo wants throw straight punches and to come 13, this is going to be two bulls colliding and Steven Peterson lot is that he is able to have a licking and keep on ticking. Something has got to give.

There exists a chance that Peterson makes the decision to take this one into the bottom, but there Bravo is athletic enough also escape and also to counter and make this fight back. There, this really is anybody’s guess. Peterson is better at mixing his techniques and his leg kicks would be the gap.