Quite a few new UFC bouts have been shown for upcoming fight cards, and I’ll give my thoughts on these 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 put to battle at UFC Fight Night 145, taking place February 23 in The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Hadzovoc (12-2) is currently 2-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Nick Hein. Reyes (8-4) is currently 4-1 in the UFC and is coming from a KO win over Matt Frevola. Another fascinating booking here by the UFC between two fighters on the rise. I have a tendency to lean Reyes simply because we have seen more variety in their own ability to complete a struggle, but it is definitely close.
Gian Villante vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk, UFC Fight Night 145
Light heavyweights Gian Villante and Michal Oleksiejczuk will even fulfill at UFC Fight Night 145. Villante (17-10) is 7-7 in the UFC and conquered 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. Originally he had won the battle by choice and showed off some good wrestling chops in the struggle. In spite of the PED difficulties, I’d still have to favor Oleksiejczuk here as I anticipate most bettors will try and fade Villante.
Alejandro Perez vs. Song Yadong, UFC 235
An intriguing bantamweight bout between prospects Alejandro Perez and Song Yadong is set 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 currently on a seven-fight unbeaten streak that includes a conclusion win over Eddie Wineland in his last outing. Yadong (13-3, 2 NC) is 3-0 so much in the UFC and at only 21 is one of the top young fighters in the branch. This is a great fight, and the two guys have bright futures in the game. But based on all of the hype I’d expect Yadong to be a slight favorite here in opening.
Maryna Moroz vs. Sabina Mazo, UFC on ESPN 2 Women’s strawweights Maryna Moroz and Sabina Mazo will fulfill 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 choice to Angela Hill in her last bout. Mazo (6-0) is creating her UFC introduction and at just 21 is one of the most adorable fighters in the division. Although Moroz has more expertise in the Octagon, Mazo is a superb prospect and I’d expect her to be the favorite here.
Paul Craig vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu, UFC on ESPN two And finally, light heavyweights Paul Craig and Kennedy Nzechukwu will meet UFC on ESPN 2. Craig (10-3) is 2-3 in the UFC and has been filed by Jim Crute in his final outing. Nzechukwu (6-0) is making his UFC debut after a successful TKO win over the Contender Series. Anytime you are able to fade Craig you have to take action, and I expect Nzechukwu to be a massive popular here as a consequence of this.
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