UFC Fight Night 99 preview: Amanda Cooper makes long-awaited return to the cage

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Amanda Cooper fights at UFC Fight Night 99

With the UFC’s long-awaited New York City debut—the historic UFC 205 pay-per-view spectacular—now in the rear-view, fight fans can finally turn their attention to UFC Fight Night 99, an underrated, overlooked event that features some of the top prospects and contenders in the game today.

The thing is, UFC 205 received so much promotional hype that it was difficult for fans and media to give UFC Fight Night 99 the attention it deserves. Looking at the marquee names on the bill—Gegard Mousasi, Uriah Hall and Ross Pearson, it’s quite clear this is a must-see event.

The scrap between Mousasi and Hall has serious title implications, with the winner likely to be considered a legit title contender at middleweight. Whoever wins the bout will probably be next to fight the winner of Michael Bisping vs. Yoel Romero for the UFC’s middleweight championship.

Elsewhere on the card, Amanda "ABC" Bobby Cooper looks to get back in the win column following her stunning defeat in the "TUF 23 Finale." The 25-year-old Cooper is set to throw down with Anna "Panda" Elmose, a fight that is an absolute must-win for both ladies.

Cooper and Elmose are both looking to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start to their respective careers inside the Octagon. Let’s be honest: Not many fighters manage to survive the chopping block after coming out of the gate with back-to-back losses. That said, fight fans can expect a war on fight night in Ireland.

Elmose is coming off a knockout loss to Germaine de Randamie, while Cooper looks to rebound from a defeat to Tatiana Suarez in her promotional debut. How will the fight play out? Both women are extremely well-rounded, so it’s anyone’s guess. "ABC" may have the slight edge on the ground, so if she is to get the win, it will likely be because she was able to utilize her high-level submission skills to turn the tides in her favor. UFC Fight Night 99, which emanates from The SSE Arena in Northern Ireland, is set for Nov. 19.