MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: RDA VS. COVINGTON TARGETED FOR UFC 224Cat:未分類
There are a couple new battle rumors to report on in today’s MMA odds and ends, such as an interim title combat that is sure to excite fans. Here are the bouts, Together with my initial thoughts on them:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is going 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 in Jeunesse Arena in 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 including a dominant decision win over Robbie Lawler in his final outing. The prior lightweight kingpin will probably be seeking to add a second belt to his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall from the UFC and has won five-straight fights including a dominant decision on 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 for this one, but maybe with a lean towards RDA, who is 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 goes down Saturday, May 19 at 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 fights. He’s been an underrated member of the UFC lightweight division but after several failed weight cuts he’s being made to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he’s going to be among the smallest fighters in the branch. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming off of two-straight wins, but he was recently injured through a bad weight cut to get a bout against Thiago Alves and will be coming into this bout on a long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ success from the UFC, he is still going to be a very small welterweight and Cummings has shown himself to be a winner in 170lbs. I’d anticipate close odds with this one with possibly a slight lean towards Cummings, although I’d caution betting against the underrated Prazeres despite 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 currently 1-1 at the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell along with a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He has been inactive in general averaging just 1 fight annually but continues to be successful when he does compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 in the UFC, having endured a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his introduction. But he’s only 21 and ought to continue to improve. This is a close fight but I’ll go with the upside and say Puelles should be favored because of being 12 years younger, even if he has not tasted success in the Octagon yet.
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