A few new bouts are shown for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards, and they’re listed below along with my first thoughts on them.
Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz 3, UFC Fight Night 151
At a trilogy fight, Charles Oliveira meets Nik Lentz in UFC Fight Night 151, set for May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. These two have met previously, using a No Contest in their first meeting after Oliveira landed a illegal knee that led to the finish, and then a submission win for Oliveira in the rematch. Now, they compete for a third and final moment. Oliveira (26-8, 1 NC) is 14-8, 1 NC overall in the UFC and has won four consecutive fights, all by submission. He holds the record for the many submissions in UFC history, with 13. Lentz (30-9-2, 1 NC) is currently 14-6-1, 1 NC from the UFC and has won back fights over Scott Holtzman and Gray Maynard and has evolved from a grinding wrestling into a well-rounded mixed martial artist. Given that Oliveira has beaten Lentz by submission and is as hot as any lightweight on earth at this time, he should be a sizeable preferred to win the trilogy fight, although I wouldn’t fully count Lentz out.
Andrea Lee vs. Montana De La Rosa, UFC Fight Night 153
Women’s flyweights Andrea Lee and Montana De La Rosa will meet UFC Fight Night 153, occurring June 22 in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Nolan King of all FloCombat broke the news. Lee (10-2) is 2-0 in the UFC and is riding an impressive six-fight win series complete with back-to-back wins over Ashlee Evans-Smith and Veronica Macedo. De La Rosa (10-4) is 3-0 in the UFC with three wins by entry including a tapout over Rachael Ostovich. Eight of her 10 career wins have really come by submission, making her among the very dangerous flyweight prospects at the UFC at this time. These are two of the greatest prospects at 125lbs, but the fact De La Rosa is finishing all of her struggles need to make her the gambling favorite heading into it.
Jordan Griffin vs. Chas Skelly, UFC on ESPN 4
Featherweights Jordan Griffin and Chas Skelly are set to meet UFC on ESPN 4, taking place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Griffin (17-6) lost a decision to Dan Ige within his UFC debut that snapped his four-fight win streak, which included a win on Dana White’s Contender Series that initially got him into the UFC. The fact Ige just ruined Danny Henry makes Griffin’s close decision loss look somewhat better, but he certainly needs to beat Skelly here and start building a new win streak if he wants to become a featherweight competition in the UFC. Skelly (17-4) has a winning record of 7-4 in the UFC but is coming off of back-to-back stoppage losses to Bobby Moffett and Jason Knight. At one time he seemed like a featherweight on the upswing, but his last few performances were so poor and he needs to rally against Griffin. This ought to be a competitive fight, but it could be a fantastic place to fade Skelly and take Griffin if he’s available at dog money.
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