A pair of high-profile bouts from the UFC lightweight and heavyweight divisions have been added to forthcoming fight cards, and I will give my first thoughts on those new matchups in today’s MMA odds and ends. Justin Gaethje vs. Edson Barboza, UFC Fight Night 148 An intriguing lightweight bout between strikers Justin Gaethje and Edson Barboza has been targeted at UFC Fight Night 148, which takes place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Farah Hannoun broke the information, although ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported that the struggle may take place at UFC Fight Night 149 another week at Philadelphia. In any event, it appears like this fight is going to happen, which is good news for MMA fans because it pits two of the most dangerous and exciting strikers in the lightweight division against each other. Gaethje (19-2) is 2-2 so much in the UFC but has become a household name to MMA fans due to his ability to put on an remarkable show. He’s already racked up five bonus awards, including three”Fight of the Night” awards along with two”Performance of the Night” awards, including a bonus for his KO over James Vick past August. He has been prone to being knocked out at the UFC because he dropped to Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez, however because he showed against Vick and Michael Johnsonhe has incredible knockout power himself. Barboza (20-6) is 14-6 overall in the UFC and in his last fight he place on the 2018″Beatdown of the Year” because of his brutal TKO win over Dan Hooker. Barboza is famous for his mortal leg kicks and incredible knockout power, but such as Gaethje he’s been prone to this knockout too. This looks to be an wonderful battle on newspaper, and the fact it’s set for five rounds is just enormous. Both guys are terrific fighters and I am expecting a close betting line. At this point, it looks like near a Select Celtics struggle, but considering how good Barboza appeared in his last fight he might find more assistance from bettors because of recency bias. Curtis Blaydes vs. Justin Willis, UFC Fight Night 148 A heavyweight matchup between Curtis Blaydes and Justin Willis can also be set for UFC Fight Night 148. FloCombat’s Nolan King broke the news. Blaydes (10-2, 1 NC) is 5-2, 1 NC in the UFC and in his final fight suffered a brutal knockout loss to Francis Ngannou. He had won four consecutive fights before that, however, including a TKO over Alistair Overeem, and could easily get back to the heavyweight title talks with another few wins. Willis (8-1) is 4-0 in the UFC and in his last fight picked up the biggest win of his career to date over Mark Hunt. The problem with Willis is that he has not shown off much finishing ability from the UFC, and his wrestling is likely to be negated in this matchup against Blaydes. It is heavyweight so you can not ever count out anyone, but on paper that looks like Blaydes’ struggle to win and I expect him to be a solid favorite as soon as the odds come out. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks. Read more here: