Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to both UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sat., Nov. 10, 2018) when UFC Fight Night 139: “Korean Zombie vs Rodriguez” storms Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC Fight Night 139 “Prelims” party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.
We’ll also get to see Germaine de Randamie against Raquel Pennington and a Flyweight showdown between Ray Borg and Joseph Benavidez.
UFC Fight Night 139 features four “Prelims” undercard bouts to look at before that, though (check out the Fight Pass portion here), so let’s dig in.Ashley Yoder (5-4) defeated Jodie Esquibel in the opening round of that same The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 23 season, only to fall to Kate Jackson shortly thereafter. She’s gone winless (0-3) in UFC itself, though she did fight Mackenzie Dern to a split decision in March.
Amanda Cooper (3-4) represented Team Claudia on TUF 23, reaching the finals before submitting to teammate Tatiana Suarez. She’s since alternated wins and losses, defeating Anna Elmose and Angela Magana and tapping to Cynthia Calvillo and Mackenzie Dern.She is four inches shorter than Yoder and will give up five inches of reach.
It is not clear to me the reason UFC elected to make this the featured “Prelims” bout. Neither Yoder nor Cooper have any real momentum at the moment, and though they’re both good grapplers, they’re not super entertaining. I can’t imagine this fight being the sort of spectacle that convinces a skeptical viewer to stick around for the main card.
As with most clashes of similarly skilled submission artists, this one will come down to who gets on top more often. Cooper’s measly 20 percent takedown defense and tendency to get tapped once she’s on her back suggest that Yoder will get the first takedown and finish it soon after.