When the UFC’s matchmakers desperately scramble for viable competition at a moment’s notice, highly-touted mixed martial artists out of Northern California and the Central Valley, such as Jaimee “Queenie” Nievera (7-3) and Angel “The Dream” DeAnda (18-6), are well-prepared to answer any last-minute phone calls.
Slots became available leading into the third week of Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS), and the Bay Area’s Nievera and Modesto’s own DeAnda were more than willing to fill those voids. Without even the certainty of a contract at the conclusion of their contest, both Nievera and Deanda didn’t hesitate to battle extremely adverse conditions on June 26, 2018 before whom they hope becomes their future boss, Dana White—along with anyone else logged into UFC Fight Pass.
Jaimee “Queenie” Nievera
The one known as “Queenie” has gathered a tremendous following of pugilistic-seeking peasants—especially as of late. Stringing together a hat-trick of successes in under a year—the most recent: a decision win at LFA 42, this flyweight, donning the flag of her team based in San Francisco: Dragon House, will be forced to hand her opponent at DWCS, Antonina Shevchenko (5-0), the royal pain of defeat en route to earning a coveted contract from the UFC.
Angel “The Dream” DeAnda
For what some may perceive as a nightmare, “The Dream” sees a wish come true. DeAnda, the Global Knockout Middleweight Champion—who has also wreaked havoc in the light heavyweight division—agreed to meet Greg Rebello (24-8), the CES (Classic Entertainment & Sports MMA) Heavyweight Champion, at the largest of all weight classes. Interestingly enough, the last setback on either DeAnda’s or Rebello’s resume occurred on the previous season of DWCS. Weight cut won’t be an issue for either of these stalky slaughterers, yet the one showing the most hunger to be heralded as a champion in the next phase of their career will be welcomed aboard the UFC’s roster.
On the heels of last week’s record-breaking episode of DWCS—where the UFC’s President doled out four contracts, Anthony “Fluffy” Hernandez and Dwight “The Body Snatcher” Grant returned to their respective regions in Northern California with newly minted deals in MMA’s elite organization. Nievera and DeAnda, each at thirty-three years of age, plan to mirror the impressive performances of Hernandez and Grant, thereby granted the opportunity to flourish as fresh faces amongst the world’s best mixed martial artists.