A number of new UFC bouts have been revealed for upcoming fight cards, and I will present 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, occurring February 23 at 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 from a KO win over Matt Frevola. Another exciting booking here from the UFC between two fighters on the rise. I have a tendency to lean Reyes just 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 meet at UFC Fight Night 145. Villante (17-10) is 7-7 in the UFC and defeated Ed Herman by split decision in his final struggle. 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 fight by choice and showed off several good wrestling chops in the fight. In spite of all the PED difficulties, I would still need to favor Oleksiejczuk here as I expect 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, occurring 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 contains 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 branch. This is a great fight, and the two guys have bright futures in the sport. But according to all of the hype I’d expect Yadong for a small favorite here in opening.
Maryna Moroz vs. Sabina Mazo, UFC on ESPN two 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 lost a decision to Angela Hill in her final bout. Mazo (6-0) is making her UFC debut and at just 21 is one of the youngest fighters in the branch. Although Moroz has more experience 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 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 last 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 have to take action, and I expect Nzechukwu to be a massive favorite here as a result of this.
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