A pair of forthcoming fight cards have obtained updates to them, and I will offer my thoughts on the newest bouts in the current MMA odds and ends. Chance Rencountre vs. Kyle Stewart, UFC on ESPN+ 1 (UFC Fight Night 143) We have the previous fight card update for the UFC on ESPN+ 1 card this weekend, taking place Saturday at Barclays Center at Brooklyn, New York. Chance Rencountre finally has his competitor as he’ll take on Octagon newcomer Kyle Stewart in a lightweight bout on the card. ESPN first broke news. Rencountre’s unique opponent Randy Brown was pulled from the card because of a rumored USADA flagging, while Dwight Grant was not cleared to fight due to an eye injury. Rencountre (12-3) lost a decision to Belal Muhammad in his UFC debut but had won four straight bouts prior to it. Stewart (11-1) has only lost once in his career, to top LFA prospect James Nakashima, and in his last bout conquered Braden Smith by choice. I think most will seem to fade Rencountre in this spot, and that I expect Stewart to actually be a small favourite here despite making his UFC debut on short notice. Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Rosa, UFC 234 Lightweight Lando Vannata recently reupped a new four-fight contract with the UFC, and that he returns to fight Octagon newcomer Marcos Rosa at UFC 234, occurring February 10 in Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. ESPN broke the news. Vannata (9-3-2) just has a 1-3-2 album from the UFC, but almost every one of his battles has been exciting which is why the UFC made a decision to bring him back. He is coming from a draw against Matt Frevola, also hasn’t really won a fight since a KO win over John Makdessi at December 2016. Rosa (6-4) is a veteran of the Brazilian regional circuit also has really won three of his final four bouts by stoppage. Finally it seems like the UFC has reserved Vannata a winnable fight, and I expect him to be quite a big favorite to receive his hand raised. Dong Hyun Ma vs. Devonte Smith, UFC 234 And lastly, Dong Hyun Ma (formerly known as”another” Dong Yun Kim) will return at UFC 234 when he takes on Devonte Smith in what ought to be an action-packed lightweight bout. Ma (16-8-3) is 3-2 overall from the UFC and is now riding a three-fight win streak including a remarkable TKO win over Takanori Gomi along with a decision win over Damien Brown. Smith (9-1) is 1-0 so much in the UFC with a ridiculous KO win over Julian Erosa. He’s won his last five fights, and all eight of his pro wins have come by stoppage, with his lone defeat a TKO loss to John Gunther. I very much enjoy watching Ma fight and I must provide the UFC matchmakers props for reserving what’s sure to be a thrilling fight. But I’m very high on Smith and I think he is going to come back in here and end Ma’s win series. Start looking for Smith to be the favorite from the sportsbooks after his flashy UFC debut. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be paid if you make a purchase after clicking on the links. Read more: