UFC 260 Preliminary Card: Alonzo Menifield vs Fabio Cherant- Prediction and Analysis

Published 03/26/2021, 2:08 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 21: (L-R) Opponents Ovince Saint Preux and Alonzo Menifield face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC light heavyweight division will be on display in the preliminary card of UFC 260 in Vegas. Fabio Cherant will make his UFC debut this Saturday against Alonzo Menifield after William Knight was dismissed from the fight due to COVID-19 protocols.

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This fight will mark the second time that William Knight and Alonzo Menifield have been booked to fight, but both times, the fight has failed to materialize. However, that has opened the door for the recently anointed LFA light heavyweight champion Fabio Cherant to step in.

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He will want to make a good impression in his debut, and he holds an impressive professional record of 7-1. He has a well-rounded game which enables him to be good on both, the ground and on his feet. After everything is said and done, he’s still a relative newcomer in the sport.

He has fought 8 times in his professional career, and his only loss came via a knockout. He has won 2 fights via a decision, and the rest of his victories have come via submission.

Fighting on the preliminary card of such a big event is a huge opportunity for the debutant; however, it will be interesting to see if he can keep up with the pressure.

Alonzo Menifield: Fighting style and career

On the other side of the octagon, Alonzo Menifield is no slouch either. He has fought in Bellator and LFA prior to the UFC. He also has a great record of 9-2. His losses came via a decision followed by a knockout at the hands of Ovince Saint Preux in his last fight.

Menifield is on a 2-fight losing streak, but Cherant shouldn’t underestimate him. None of his victories have gone the distance, and of his 9 wins, 8 are knockout victories. He submitted one of his opponents, and hence, fans should expect an electrifying match.

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While Cherant would be trying to go for his submissions, he has to be wary of Menifield’s knockout power and prowess. Additionally, Menifield has also fought at heavyweight and is undefeated in the division in his professional MMA career.

The recent spotlight on light heavyweight has benefitted many fighters, and Cherant and Menifield would be the beneficiaries of this sudden popularity. It’s up to them to live up to the expectations

Prediction: Alonzo Menifield to claim a second-round KO victory.

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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