Ignacio Bahamondes


UFC debut on tap
January 22, 2021
Bahamondes will face John Makdessi in a lightweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for April 10, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Bahamondes will make his first appearance under the UFC banner after defeating Edson Gomez via KO (front kick) at Dana White's Contender Series in November to earn a contract with the promotion. Although he fought at the welterweight division earlier in his career, he'll move to the lightweight division for his UFC debut. Makdessi last fought in March of 2020, when he lost to Francisco tvrinaldo via unanimous decision at UFC Brasilia. Bahamondes carries advantages in both height and reach.
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Highlight-reel KO earns contract
November 4, 2020
Bahamondes defeated Edson Gomez via KO (front kick) at 2:31 of Round 2 at Dana White's Contender Series. After the show, he was one of four fighters to be awarded an official UFC contract.
Bahamondes entered as the biggest betting favorite of the night at (-380), but didn't necessarily look the part early. Gomez was absolutely game despite missing weight, but the chin and takedown defense of Bahamondes held up. The bad cut for Gomez finally seemed to slow him down as Round 2 wore on, and Bahamondes connected with a beautifully-placed front kick reminiscent of UFC legend Anderson Silva. Gomez was immediately floored and the fight was over, and this will go down as a highlight for years to come. Bahamondes is just 23 years old and appears to be loaded with long-term potential.