Who is UFC newcomer, Dakota Bush?
A matchup between two thrilling UFC lightweight up-and-comers was added to UFC Vegas 24’s prelims earlier this week. On eight days’ notice, Missouri native Dakota Bush will make his UFC debut on Saturday night.
The fight originally pegged to combat Austin Hubbard against Natan Leavy, was scratched after Leavy withdrew from the bout last weekend. Instead, it’ll be Bush (8-2) against Hubbard (12-5) in a potential early fight of the night candidate.
A product of Smith Pit MMA in Cuba, Mo., Bush has previously trained alongside recognizable UFC names such as Bryce Mitchell and TJ Brown. Of his 10 professional fights, seven of them came in Legacy Fighting Alliance’s 155-pound division. Six of his eight wins have come by stoppage – his most recent contest was a devastating first-round head-kick victory in January 2021.
Though lethal on his feet, Bush has earned the majority of his wins with hard-nosed grappling. The former Lindenwood College wrestler has secured four submission victories, all by way of rear-naked choke, while scraping together two decisions earlier in his career.
Riding a two-fight win streak into this weekend, Bush will look to kick UFC Vegas 24 off with a splash and find a way to leave his Octagon debut victorious.
Who is Bush’s opponent, Austin Hubbard?
For a fighter like Bush, ready to take the UFC’s lightweight division head-on, Hubbard could be a difficult welcome into the world’s premier fighting organization. Hubbard, a member of Elevation Fight Team in Denver, Co., is eager to fight his way back into the win column at UFC Vegas 24.
Since joining the UFC in 2019, Hubbard has won just two of five bouts. His most recent victory came in June 2020, when short-notice fighter Max Rohskopf quit on the stool in between rounds two and three. Like Bush, Hubbard fought in the Legacy Fighting Alliance’s 155-pound division before stepping into the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Hubbard won the LFA’s vacant lightweight belt at LFA 56 in 2018. He’s won just two fights since that incredible moment in his fighting career. Both fighters, Hubbard and Bush, should give fans a reason to tune in early to UFC Vegas 24 on Saturday night.
UFC Vegas 24 takes place on Saturday, April 17, 2021, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided, who is on-site, for all your live news and highlights.