Quite a few new UFC bouts are 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 at The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Hadzovoc (12-2) is 2-2 at the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Nick Hein. Reyes (8-4) is 4-1 in the UFC and is coming from a KO win over Matt Frevola. Another exciting booking here from the UFC involving two fighters on the upswing. I tend to lean Reyes simply because we’ve seen more variety in his 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 even meet 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 frozen for PEDs. Originally he had won the fight by choice and showed off some solid wrestling laps from the fight. Even with the PED issues, I would still have to favor Oleksiejczuk here as I anticipate most bettors will try and 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, 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 includes a conclusion win over Eddie Wineland in his last outing. Yadong (13-3, two NC) is 3-0 thus far in the UFC and at only 21 is among the best young fighters in the branch. This is a good fight, and the two men have bright futures in the sport. But according to all the hype I would expect Yadong for 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 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 introduction and at just 21 is among the youngest fighters in the branch. Although Moroz has more experience in the Octagon, Mazo is a super prospect and I would 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 in the UFC and has been submitted by Jim Crute in his last outing. Nzechukwu (6-0) is making his UFC debut following a successful TKO win over the Contender Series. Anytime you can fade Craig you need to do it, and I expect Nzechukwu to be a huge popular here as a consequence of this.
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