Quite a few new UFC bouts have been revealed for upcoming battle cards, and I’ll present my thoughts on them in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Damir Hadzovic vs. Marco Polo Reyes, UFC Fight Night 145
Lightweights Damir Hadzovic and Marco Polo Reyes are set to battle at UFC Fight Night 145, occurring February 23 in The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Hadzovoc (12-2) is 2-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Nick Hein. Reyes (8-4) is 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of a KO win over Matt Frevola. Another exciting booking here from the UFC involving two fighters on the upswing. I have a tendency to lean Reyes simply because we have seen more variety in their own ability to complete a struggle, but it’s definitely close.
Gian Villante vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk, UFC Fight Night 145
Light heavyweights Gian Villante and Michal Oleksiejczuk may also fulfill at UFC Fight Night 145. Villante (17-10) is 7-7 from the UFC and defeated Ed Herman by split decision in his last fight. Oleksiejczuk (12-2, 1 NC) fought to a No Contest against Khalil Rountree in his UFC debut after being suspended for PEDs. Initially he’d won the battle by decision and showed off several good wrestling chops from the fight. Even with the PED difficulties, I’d still need to prefer Oleksiejczuk here since I expect most bettors will attempt to fade Villante.
Alejandro Perez vs. Song Yadong, UFC 235
A fascinating bantamweight bout between prospects Alejandro Perez and Song Yadong is place for UFC 235, taking place March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Perez (21-6-1) is 7-1-1 in the UFC and is now on a seven-fight unbeaten streak that includes a decision win over Eddie Wineland in his last outing. Yadong (13-3, two NC) is 3-0 so much in the UFC and at just 21 is one of the best young fighters in the division. This is a great fight, and the two men have bright futures in the sport. But according to all of the hype I would expect Yadong to be a small favorite here in opening.
Maryna Moroz vs. Sabina Mazo, UFC on ESPN 2 Women’s strawweights Maryna Moroz and Sabina Mazo will meet at UFC on ESPN, which takes place March 30 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Moroz (8-3) is 3-3 in the UFC and also lost a decision to Angela Hill in her last bout. Mazo (6-0) is making her UFC debut and at only 21 is one of the most adorable fighters in the branch. Although Moroz has more expertise from the Octagon, Mazo is a super prospect and I’d expect her to be the favorite here.
Paul Craig vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu, UFC on ESPN 2 And lastly, light heavyweights Paul Craig and Kennedy Nzechukwu will meet at UFC on ESPN 2. Craig (10-3) is 2-3 from the UFC and was submitted by Jim Crute in his final outing. Nzechukwu (6-0) is making his UFC debut following a successful TKO win on the Contender Series. Anytime you are able to fade Craig you need to do it, and I anticipate Nzechukwu to be a huge popular here as a consequence of this.
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