Russell Doane is a powerful 135er.
Kicking off the card will be a bantamweight scuffle, as Brazilian Leandro Issa, who trains in the South Pacific, takes on Hawaii native Russell Doane, who has cut his teeth in Pacific promotions such as PXC.
Issa is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace who works with Evolve MMA, one of the premiere camps in Asia, especially the Pacific Islands. Issa has gained notoriety through his work with One FC, where he has heightened his name recognition.
His most notable wins to date come against Yusup Saadulaev, Masakazu Imanari and Soo Chul Kim. His seven submissions suggest that he would want to drag Doane down and tap him on the ground.
Doane is a striker, as half of his wins have come from strikes. He has been submitted twice, suggesting he could be tapped by Issa, but in the same account, Issa has been knocked out before making this an intriguing matchup.
Doane owns wins over UFC vet Jared Papazian, Bellator tournament vet Frank Baca and fellow UFC debutant Jon delos Reyes. That is the type of resume that gives him hope.
This will come down to takedown vs. takedown defense. Issa is not a power wrestler, but he has ways of grounding fighters. That said, Doane has fought better wrestlers than Issa and should be able to stop him late.
Prediction: Doane def. Issa via TKO