Preview of UFC on ESPN 54 Featuring Blanchfield vs. Fiorot

Oh boy, Atlantic City’s about to get a dose of UFC madness again. It’s been a hot minute—six years, to be exact. And guess what? The card’s looking pretty decent.

So, we’re rolling out the red carpet at Boardwalk Hall. And let me tell you, it’s not just any old fight night. We’ve got local hero Erin Blanchfield throwing down with Manon Fiorot. It’s a big deal. The winner? Well, they’re pretty much guaranteed a shot at the women’s flyweight title. That’s after Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko sort out their trilogy, of course.

But wait, there’s more. Vicente Luque and Joaquin Buckley are about to set the welterweight division on fire. And Chris Weidman? He’s on the hunt for a comeback win against Bruno Silva. Plus, Bill Algeo vs. Kyle Nelson is shaping up to be a featherweight frenzy.

Now, diving into the nitty-gritty. Blanchfield vs. Fiorot is the talk of the town. Blanchfield, with a record that’s hard to ignore, stepped into the UFC spotlight back in 2021. She was all the rage, even if the hype was a tad over the top. But then, she evolved. From a somewhat aimless fighter to an aggressive force, Blanchfield’s been tearing through the competition.

She’s had her ups and downs, sure. But facing off against Jessica Andrade and Taila Santos? Blanchfield showed she’s not just hype. She’s a contender. And at 24, she’s only getting started.

Fiorot, on the flip side, burst onto the UFC scene as a last-minute fill-in. But she quickly proved she’s no pushover. Dubbed “The Beast,” she’s lived up to her name, dominating with her physicality and range striking. Her wins over Jennifer Maia, Katlyn Cerminara, and Rose Namajunas? Impressive, to say the least.

This fight’s gonna be a chess match. Fiorot’s got the size and speed, but Blanchfield? She’s got the grit and the ground game. It’s anyone’s guess how this’ll play out, but if Blanchfield can close the distance and get Fiorot to the mat, we might just see a submission finish.

So, who’s my pick? I’m leaning towards Blanchfield, by decision. But hey, in the UFC, anything can happen.

And there you have it. The UFC’s back in Atlantic City, and it’s bringing the heat. From flyweights to featherweights, it’s gonna be one for the books. Can’t wait to see how it all goes down.

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