There are a few new fight rumors to report on in today’s MMA odds and ends, such as an interim title fight that’s sure to excite fans. Here are the sin, Together with my first thoughts on them:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is about to get a significant main event. An interim welterweight title bout has been targeted between leading conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington has been targeted for the primary event over the previously-announced women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. RDA (29-9) is an ideal 3-0 since moving up to welterweight such as a dominant decision win over Robbie Lawler in his final outing. The former lightweight kingpin will probably be seeking to add another belt for his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall in the UFC and has won five-straight struggles including a dominant decision over Demian Maia his last time out. This is a truly incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I’m expecting tight chances with this particular one, but perhaps with a lean towards RDA, who’s more proven in the tournament level from the Octagon.
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 129
A welterweight bout featuring Michel Prazeres and Zak Cummings is the Most Recent addition to UFC Fight Night 129, which extends down Saturday, May 19 in Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. This bout was confirmed by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 in the UFC and has won six-straight struggles. He has been an underrated member of the UFC lightweight branch but after multiple failed weight cuts he’s being forced to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he is likely to be one of the tiniest fighters in the branch. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming from two-straight wins, but he had been recently injured through a lousy weight cut for a bout against Thiago Alves and will be coming into this bout on a very long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ victory from the UFC, he’s still going to be a really modest welterweight and Cummings has proven himself to be a winner in 170lbs. I would anticipate close chances for this one with possibly a little lean towards Cummings, although I would caution betting against the underrated Prazeres even with the new weight class.
Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles, UFC Fight Night 129
A lightweight matchup between Felipe Silva and Claudio Puelles has also been added to UFC Fight Night 129. Globo also reported that this tact. Silva (8-1) is 1-1 at the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell and a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He has been inactive in overall averaging just one struggle a year but continues to be successful when he can compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 at the UFC, having endured a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his debut. But he’s only 21 and ought to continue to enhance. This is a close fight but I’ll go with all the upside and say Puelles should be favored due to being 12 years younger, even though he has not tasted victory in the Octagon yet.
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