Saturday’s UFC 228 event is a marquee opportunity for Craig and Alex White to make names for themselves.
The two square off with a pair of well-known MMA veterans in Diego Sanchez and Jim Miller on UFC Fight Pass from the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Craig White has one of the best nicknames in sports in “The Thundercat.” Fighting out of England and Team Lionheart, White had won four in a row before stepping in to meet Neil Magny this past May. He lost that bout via knockout.
All four of those previous wins came under the Cage Warriors banner for White, including three submission wins and two knockouts.
This could be it for Sanchez, as he enters having lost his last two fights via first round knockout to Matt Brown and Al Iaquinta. The last win for The Ultimate Fighter winner came in 2016 when he topped Marcin Held.
A win would move Sanchez into fourth on the all-time list in the UFC with 17. He’s also currently tied with Frankie Edgar and Nate Diaz with seven “Fight of the Night” bonuses, so you know he’ll be trying to secure another.
Alex White is a 29-year-old from Missouri who holds a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He has been with the UFC since 2014, going 3-4 after entering with a 10-0 record.
White, though, has faced off against some solid mid-level competition in James Krause, Mitch Clarke, Artem Lobov and Lucas Martins. He scored a decision vs. Lobov, finished Clarke and opened his UFC debut with a knockout of Estevan Payan.
Miller faces the same scenario as Sanchez, though his might be worse. He’s dropped four in a row, with three of them being via decision.
Overall, Miller is just 3-6 over his last nine, with a loss to Sanchez part of that in 2016.
But like Sanchez, he always comes to fight, winning six “Fight of the Night” bonuses and three more “Submission of the Night” awards. Miller also leads the lightweight division with 16 career wins inside the Octagon.
So, while White and White will be attempting to make a name for themselves, Sanchez and Miller are in backs-against-the-wall situations that they have been in before. And you can bet the two veterans of the sport will be well prepared for anything and everything thrown their way in Dallas.
Below is the current fight card:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Welterweight Championship
Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Darren Till
UFC Female Flyweight Championship
Nicco Montano (c) vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Featherweight: Yair Rodriguez vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
Strawweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Welterweight: Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Niko Price
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX/8 p.m. ET)
Strawweight: Carla Esparza vs. Tatiana Suarez
Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Stamman
Bantamweight: Jimmie Rivera vs. John Dodson
Middleweight: Charles Byrd vs. Darren Stewart
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Diego Sanchez vs. Craig White
Lightweight: Jim Miller vs. Alex White
Female Bantamweight: Irene Aldana vs. Lucie Pudilova
Flyweight: Jarred Brooks vs. Roberto Sanchez
Welterweight: Geoff Neal vs. Frank Camacho