Quite a few new UFC bouts have been revealed for upcoming battle cards, and I will 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 fight 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 exciting booking here from the UFC involving two fighters on the upswing. I have a tendency to lean Reyes simply because we have seen more variety in their own ability to complete a fight, 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 frozen for PEDs. Originally he’d won the fight by choice and showed off several good wrestling chops in the struggle. Even with the PED issues, I’d still need to favor Oleksiejczuk here since 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 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 decision win over Eddie Wineland in his last outing. Yadong (13-3, 2 NC) is 3-0 so far in the UFC and in just 21 is one of the top young fighters in the branch. This is a great fight, and both men have bright futures in the sport. But based on all of the hype I would anticipate Yadong to be a small favorite here at opening.
Maryna Moroz vs. Sabina Mazo, UFC on ESPN two Women’s strawweights Maryna Moroz and Sabina Mazo will meet UFC on ESPN, which takes place March 30 in 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 one of the most adorable fighters in the division. Though 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 lastly, light heavyweights Paul Craig and Kennedy Nzechukwu will fulfill at UFC on ESPN 2. Craig (10-3) is 2-3 in the UFC and was submitted by Jim Crute in his last outing. Nzechukwu (6-0) is making his UFC debut after a successful TKO win on the Contender Series. Anytime you can fade Craig you need to take action, and I expect Nzechukwu to be a huge favorite here as a result of this.
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