The UFC is headed back into the City of Brotherly Love later this month, and a few fights have been added on short notice. UFC on ESPN 2 happens March 30 in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my initial thoughts on these new bouts are under.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN 2 Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to clash at UFC on ESPN two in what should be an enjoyable battle for the fans. The Philly Voice broke the news. Holland (13-4) dropped a decision to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. In general, he has won five of the last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is currently 4-2 in the UFC but is coming off of a entry loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are very underrated and exciting fighters at middleweight, but awarded Holland’s childhood and physiological advantages in this fight, I would make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN two Due to an injury to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg currently meets short-notice replacement opponent Kyler Phillips at a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall from the UFC but hasn’t fought as a submission reduction to Demetrious Johnson at October 2017. He’s dealt with a lot in his young career and he can put the past behind him. Phillips (6-1) is making his UFC debut after picking up a head kick KO in LFA only a couple of weeks ago. He’s a veteran of the Contender Series and seems like quite a promising prospect, but he lacks the UFC encounter that Borg has. I think Phillips has a chance to win this particular fight, but you still must prefer Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN two Moving upward from flyweight to bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he will take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC fights before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his last outing. Prior to this, he was riding an eight-fight win series. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 at the UFC and his spouse Montana de la Rosa is having a great deal of success in the Octagon, but the truth he struggled in a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was troubling. Like many bantamweight bouts, this ought to be aggressive, but I would still favor Perez to get his hand raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Due to injuries to Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their first opponents John Makdessi and Jesus Pinedo will now fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena at Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both men are lightweights who only lost their competitions, this was the way to keep both guys on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 at the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is on a seven-fight win streak and conquer Devin Powell by decision in his UFC debut. Makdessi has a whole lot of experience from the Octagon however Pinedo is only 22-years-old and looks like a fantastic prospect. I’d expect a close lineup here but given Pinedo’s childhood and upside down he is probably the play in this one.
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