A number of new UFC bouts have been shown for upcoming battle 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 set to battle at UFC Fight Night 145, occurring February 23 at The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Hadzovoc (12-2) is currently 2-2 at 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 fascinating booking here from the UFC involving two fighters on the upswing. I tend to lean Reyes just because we’ve 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 may even fulfill at UFC Fight Night 145. Villante (17-10) is 7-7 in the UFC and defeated 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. Initially he had won the fight by decision and showed off several solid wrestling chops from the fight. Even with the PED difficulties, I would still need to favor Oleksiejczuk here since I expect 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 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 now on a seven-fight unbeaten streak that includes a conclusion win over Eddie Wineland in his final outing. Yadong (13-3, 2 NC) is 3-0 thus far in the UFC and in only 21 is one of the best young fighters in the branch. This is a good fight, and both men have bright futures in the game. But according to all of the hype I would anticipate Yadong for a slight favorite here at 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 lost a choice to Angela Hill in her last bout. Mazo (6-0) is making her UFC introduction and at only 21 is among the youngest fighters in the division. Though Moroz has more experience from 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 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 over the Contender Series. Anytime you are able to fade Craig you need to take action, and I expect Nzechukwu to be a massive popular here as a consequence of this.
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