On Saturday July 15 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, two welterweights will compete head-to-head. Jack Della Maddalena is making waves as a rising welterweight contender, and this weekend could be his moment. After signing an opponent on short notice, 31-year-old UFC newcomer Bassil Hafez, in the co-main event at UFC Vegas 77, Della Maddalena could make his mark.
Hafez recently made his professional MMA debut at Fury FC, where he successfully choked Christian Savoie to claim their promotion’s welterweight championship. Before that he had previously competed on regional scenes across America where he edged out UFC veteran Anthony Ivy before brutally stopping Evan Cutts during their second encounter.
Della Maddalena is another fighter who’s quickly making waves, boasting an impressive 14-2 professional record to date. Additionally, he’s faced tough opposition – such as three UFC veterans – which could provide him with an edge when facing Hafez this weekend in the Octagon.
Della Maddalena faces the daunting task of keeping up with Hafez on foot. Hafez is an adept striker who can finish opponents off in numerous ways; Della Maddalena must remain focused to avoid being drawn into battle by Hafez, 31 years old at this point.
Hafez is best known for his grappling abilities, which should determine the outcome of this fight. All four of his victories came via submission but may struggle against Maddalena on the ground.
Hafez may prove detrimental to Della Maddalena as he strives to develop his striking and overall skill set and become a dominant presence in the welterweight division. While Della Maddalena remains a talented fighter who could bring much to UFC, his decision may backfire and force another fight between two grapplers such as Hafez before taking advantage of all they offer him.
Despite being pushed to the execution, Hafez decides to stand up last-minute and challenge the welterweight contender. Maddalena, on the other hand, is on a path toward a title battle, and everyone is betting on him to win. He has nothing to lose.
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Jack Della Maddalena vs Bassil Hafez Fight Information
- Date: 07/15/2023
- Time: 11:50 PM ET
- Location: UFC Apex.
- How to Watch Maddalena vs Hafez : ESPN+
- Live Stream: BT Sport.com