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It’s a clash of promising, young lightweights here as Daniel Zellhuber faces off with Francisco Prado.

A member of the Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) Class of ’21, Zellhuber dropped his promotional debut to Trey Ogden, but subsequently posted a pair of wins last year that highlighted his upside and got things moving in a positive direction. After registering a unanimous decision win over Lando Vannata in April, the once-beaten “Golden Boy” clamped onto an anaconda choke against Christos Giagos at Noche UFC in September to earn his first stoppage win inside the Octagon.

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Prado similarly dropped his promotional debut, a short notice assignment against Jamie Mullarkey at UFC 284 where he went the distance with the Australian veteran. He rebounded from the first loss of his professional career with a first-round stoppage win over Ottman Azaitar in July, elevating his record to 12-1 overall heading into this one.

Zellhuber and Prado are 24 and 21 years old, respectively, and still in the formative stages of their mixed martial arts careers. The early returns have been solid and the room for each to grow is obvious, and their meeting on Saturday should highlight whether one or both of them are ready to take another step forward in the rigorous UFC lightweight ranks going forward.

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