Tonight’s UFC Vegas 82 preliminary card showcased an exciting matchup in the heavyweight division, featuring Michael Parkin and Caio Machado.
The UFC returns to the Apex Centre in Las Vegas for a night filled with fourteen thrilling bouts. At the forefront is a middleweight clash between Brendan Allen and Paul Craig, marking a historic moment as Craig becomes the first Scottish mixed martial artist to headline a UFC event.
In the spotlight for this heavyweight showdown is Michael Parkin, boasting a professional record of (7-0 MMA). Hailing from Sunderland, Parkin has been a familiar face under the UFC banner since his official debut in July this year. He was awarded an opportunity on Dana White’s Contender Series last year, that he successfully came through. Throughout his career, Parkin has navigated the challenges of the octagon, tallying seven victories and zero losses. Notable among his opponents is Jamal Pogue’s, showcasing his experience against someone who had already competed in the UFC.
Mick Parkin vs. Caio Machado
In his most recent appearance at UFC Fight Night Aspinall vs. Tybura, the 28-year-old displayed a mature performance, which saw him go the distance for the first time in his career.
Opposing Parkin in the octagon is Caio Machado, who holds an professional record of (8-1-1 MMA). Hailing from Brazil, the heavyweight fighter has only tasted defeat once in his professional career. Machado earned his spot in the UFC after a winning performance on Dana White’s Contender Series, where he secured a victory over Kevin Szaflarski. Tonight at the Apex in Las Vegas marked his official debut with the promotion.
As the clash between Parkin and Machado unfolds, fans can anticipate a high-stakes battle between two dangerous heavyweight determined to steal the show. The stage is set for an electrifying showdown at UFC Vegas 82, where these fighters aim to etch their names into the heavyweight division.
Michael Parkin Remains Undefeated
In round 1, Machado came out swinging straight away and landed a left hand. The fighters then engaged in a clinch against the fence before Parkin secured a takedown. After some control time for Parkin, Machado got to his feet and landed another left hand and a body kick. Parkin looked for the clinch against the cage again before Machado tried to blitz the Englishman right at the end of the round.
At the beginning of the second round, Machado landed another nice left straight. Parkin scored another takedown soon after and controlled his opponent for the majority of the round, all the while looking to land ground and pound. The fighters got to their feet once more and Parkin landed a right hand. As the fighters went to ground again, Machado looked to take the back of Parkin but he was thrown off. There were more scrambles before the end of the round.
In the third round, Parkin landed another right hand early. The two traded shots on the feet before a clash of heads stopped the action momentarily. Machado went for a head kick when the fight started up again, but Parkin blocked it. The fighters began to visibly fatigue and Parkin struggled to get another takedown. He landed a right hand before Machado landed another nice body kick. Both men traded some more shots before the fight went to a decision for Parkin.
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