Before we begin on the AFC 157 preview, this note regarding the UFC’s roster:
Philipe Lins (14-3), the 2018 PFL Heavyweight champion, has signed with the UFC. The Oklahoman first reported the news on Friday.
Lins will fight Andrei Arlovski (28-19) during UFC on ESPN+ 32 on May 2 in Oklahoma City.
The MMA week starts a little earlier than usual on Wednesday night as Alaska Fighting Championships returns to UFC Fight Pass for AFC 157.
Action begins at midnight EST, 9 p.m. PST [early Thursday] from Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.
In total, AFC 157 features seven mixed martial arts contests, including a Bantamweight championship showdown in the main event of the evening.
Victor Rodriguez (5-2) will battle Jared Mazurek (8-1) to close the show.
As with all MMA title fights, this will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
Side note: The fight poster for AFC 157 is really top-notch work.
Have a look at it:
Heading into the Wednesday night (early Thursday morning) headliner, Jared Mazurek is the taller combatant at 5-foot-7, two inches taller than Victor Rodriguez’ 5-foot-5 frame.
How they got here:
Victor Rodriguez has posted a 3-2 record in his last five MMA contests, entering this main event on a two-fight winning streak, after stopping a two-fight losing streak.
Most recently, he knocked out Tristin Lowe on May 18, 2018 during Blood, Sweat, and Beers in the only MMA fight of that particular three-day sports entertainment event (pro wrestling-boxing-MMA hybrid in Soldotna, AK).
He returns to AFC for the first time in nearly two years in Wednesday night’s main attraction.
In the other corner, Jared Mazurek has gone 4-1 in his last five fights, entering this fight on a two-fight winning streak of his own.
Last time out, he submitted Kris Berberich (first-round kneebar) back in June during AFC 149 on UFC Fight Pass.
Ordinarily, at this stage in the article, we would mention who has the edge on the tale of the tape according to Tapology.
No such information exists for this pairing on the site, however.
Prediction: Jared Mazurek by first-round knockout.
Six other fights make up AFC 157 on Wednesday:
Schon Ellis (12-3) vs. Carlton Minus (9-1) [Welterweight co-main event]
Josh Terry (debut) vs. John George (4-1) [Bantamweight]
Chris Johnson (3-10) vs. Jesse Hull (1-1) [catchweight- 225 lbs.]
Sam O’Donnell (2-11) vs. Ted Whitman (0-1) [Bantamweight]
Victor Goodwin (debut) vs. Alton Prince (5-21) [Super Heavyweight]
Ethan Aloysius (1-3) vs. Josh Easterly (1-0) [catchweight]
AFC 157 at a Glance: [all times Wednesday/ early Thursday]
Card: midnight EST, 9 p.m. PST, UFC Fight Pass
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