One of the greatest fighters in MMA history is set to return to the Octagon later this spring. Additionally, the UFC’s return to Ottawa receives a few fresh matchups in the current MMA odds and ends.
BJ Penn vs. Clay Guida, UFC 237
A lightweight link between BJ Penn and Clay Guida is famous for UFC 237, which is set for May 11 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. MMAFighting.com broke the news. Penn (16-13-2) is 12-12-1 all-time from the Octagon and is the former UFC welterweight and lightweight winner. But he’s really fallen on hard times as of late. Now age 40, he had been just submitted by Ryan Hall through heel hook and is now riding a six-fight win streak. He won’t hang up the gloves, presuming he could hang in the UFC, but it’s clear his very best times are years behind him. Guida (34-18) is 14-2 all-time in the UFC and many recently lost by submission to Charles Oliveira. However, he beat Joe Lauzon and Erik Koch in back-to-back fights before that. At this point, you just can’t select Penn to beat anyone about the UFC roster, and I would tag Guida as a big favorite to win this fight despite his very own struggles. .
Nordine Taleb vs. Siyar Bahadurzada, UFC Fight Night 150
An intriguing welterweight bout between Nordine Taleb and Siyar Bahadurzada will take place at UFC Fight Night 150, set for May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Taleb (14-6) is 6-4 in the UFC and is coming off of successive stoppage declines to Sean Strickland and Claudio Silva. Bahadurzada (24-7-1) is 3-3 in the UFC and many recently dropped a decision to Curtis Millender. Both guys are on the downsides of their livelihood, but I see Bahadurzada as the more complete fighter and would favor him to acquire this one.
Alexey Oleynik vs. Walt Harris, UFC Fight Night 150
Heavyweights Alexey Oleynik and Walt Harris are set to battle UFC Fight Night 150. Ariel Helwani broke the information. Oleynik (57-11, 1 NC) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a submission win over Mark Hunt. Though he is 41, he is still fighting in an elite level. Harris (12-7) is 5-6 in the UFC and just picked up the biggest win of his career, a split decision nod over Andrei Arlovski. Although Oleynik is getting up there in age, he’s looked fantastic as of late and has arguably the best entry game in the heavyweight division, period. Although Harris could cause Oleynik problems if this struggle stays standing, Oleynik’s advantage on the floor should make him a large betting favorite in this bout.
Kyle Nelson vs. Matt Sayles, UFC Fight Night 150
Featherweights Kyle Nelson and Matt Sayles will also fulfill at UFC Fight Night 150. Nelson (12-2) lost to Carlos Diego Ferreira on short notice in his UFC debut, but that fight was up a weight class and he had been on a six-fight win streak on the regional scene before that. Sayles (7-2) chose to Sheymon Moraes in his UFC debut following a nice win on Dana White’s Contender Series earned him a UFC bargain. This looks like a total coin-flip and I expect the line to be near a Select’em.
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