Watch UFC Fight Night 129 Replay
On Saturday night, the UFC will make its first stop in Chile. UFC Fight Night 129 lands at the Movistar Arena in the capital city of Santiago. The event’s headliner is a welterweight fight between fifth-ranked Demian Maia and seventh-ranked Kamaru Usman. Usman was initially supposed to combat Santiago Ponzinibbio, however the Brazilian needed to take out on four weeks’ notification due to injury and was rapidly replaced by the former two-division title challenger.
Usman has actually been quietly spotting his method through the greatest echelon of the sport for 5 years now. He was 5-1 in his pro profession upon entering The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians in early 2015. He breezed through the competitors and won the show with a “Performance of the Night” submission of ATT’s Hayder Hassan. Since then, Usman has strung together another six triumphes, with noteworthy wins over Emil Weber Meek and Sean Strickland. He is widely considered one of the best 170-pound fighters on the planet, however Maia is no slouch.
The fourth-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and multiple-time ADCC, Pan-American, Brazilian and World champion has a history as the very best submission artist in MMA. Over one-third of his professional fights have ended in a submission in his favor, and another 10 ended in victory by decision. Nevertheless, after the most lackluster title difficulty in history last summertime, followed by a choice loss to the surging Colby Covington in October, the 40-year-old Maia needs a win to prevent falling under complete irrelevance.
The primary card likewise showcases a ladies’s strawweight fight in between Mexico’s Alexa Grasso and unbeaten The Ultimate Fighter 23 winner Tatiana Suarez. Grasso recuperated from her first loss to Felice Herrig with a win over Randa Markos in August. In addition, the lineup consists of the unbeaten Dominick Reyes, who wants to keep his streak alive against hard-hitting Jared Cannonier. Fans will also get to see the long-awaited UFC debut of Andrea “KGB” Lee.
The UFC Fight Pass initial card starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, followed by the rest of the initial card on Fox Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET. The Fox Sports 1 main card starts at 10 p.m. ET.
Main Event 10pm.
Demian Maia vs. Kamaru Usman
Alexa Grasso vs. Tatiana Suarez
Jared Cannonier vs. Dominick Reyes
Diego Rivas vs. Guido Cannetti
Veronica Macedo vs. Andrea Lee
Vicente Luque vs. Chad Laprise
Prelims (8 p.m. ET on FS2)
Zak Cummings vs. Michel Prazeres
Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja
Poliana Botelho vs. Syuri Kondo
Gabriel Benitez vs. Humberto Bandenay
Early Prelims (6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
Enrique Barzola vs. Brandon Davis
Henry Briones vs. Frankie Saenz
Claudio Puelles vs. Felipe Silva