On Wednesday, the UFC held a media conference for the coming UFC Fight Night 147 card, which takes place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. A range of bouts have been shown with this card, including the main event between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal and the co-main occasion between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson, also at the press conference the UFC revealed the latest batch of preliminary bouts.
Joseph Duffy vs. Marc Diakese, UFC Fight Night 147
Lightweights Joseph Duffy and Marc Diakese meet in what ought to be an exciting connection between two strikers. NewsomeMMA first reported the news that Diakese is filling in for the injured Stevie Ray. Duffy (16-3) is currently 4-2 at the UFC but hasn’t fought as a 2017 KO loss to James Vick. He’s among those few guys to defeat Conor McGregor. Diakese (12-3) is 2-3 in the UFC but those three losses came in his last few outings. The UFC is giving Duffy a winnable battle here against a very beatable competition in Diakese, and I fully expect Duffy to open as a large favorite.
Nathaniel Wood vs. Jose Quinonez, UFC Fight Night 147
Growing bantamweight star Nathaniel Wood will aim to keep his win streak when he takes on Jose Quinonez. Wood (15-3) is on a seven-fight win streak overall with entry wins at the UFC over Johnny Eduardo and Andre Ewell. Quinonez (7-2) is 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Teruto Ishihara. I know Quinonez is on a nice win streak but to me this is a major mismatch also it looks like a fight the UFC booked in order to get Wood an impressive win in the front of the English fans.
Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige, UFC Fight Night 147
Featherweights Danny Henry and Dan Ige will fulfill with this card. Henry (12-2) is really on a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 in the UFC with a submission win over Hakeem Dawodu in his last outing. Ige (10-2) is 3-1 at the UFC and conquered Jordan Griffin via conclusion in his final bout. Though Ige has been strong in the UFC, I believe Henry has the higher ceiling and I would tend to prefer him here.
Nad Narimani vs. Mike Grundy, UFC Fight Night 147
Top featherweight prospect Nad Narimani returns at this when he takes on UFC newcomer Mike Grundy. Narimani (12-2) is really on a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 thus far in the UFC. Grundy (11-1) is a veteran of ACB and is riding an eight-fight win streak into this occasion. Grundy has an impressive record but given the degree of competition I would have to favor Narimani here.
Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi, UFC Fight Night 147
And finally, there’s an intriguing featherweight bout between Arnold Allen and Jordan Rinaldi. Allen (13-1) is currently 4-0 in the UFC and is riding a six-fight winning series overall. However, he has been hurt and generally fights just once a year. Rinaldi (14-6) is currently 2-2 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Jason Knight. Even though Allen is coming from a very long layoff I would still need to prefer him quite heavily to defeat Rinaldi.
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