NEW UFC BOUTS ANNOUNCED INCLUDING RETURN OF GREG HARDYCat:未分類
The UFC continued their recent series of fight announcements late into the week, and also the newly-revealed bouts are recorded below in the MMA odds and ends.
UFC Fight Night 147 vs. Nick Negumereanu, saparbek Safarov Because of an accident to Gokhan Saki, light heavyweight Saparbek Safarov will now take on Octagon newcomer Nick Negumereanu in UFC Fight Night 147, set for March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. Nolan King of all FloCombat broke the information. Safarov (8-2) has been completed by Gian Villante and Tyson Pedro in his initial two UFC fights and that he has not fought in over a year today. Negumereanu (9-0) is a undefeated 24-year-old prospect fighting from Romania that has completed all his pre-UFC opponents inside the distance. Despite taking the fight on short notice and creating his Octagon debut, I like Negumereanu to win this fight. It is a pure fade about the chinny Safarov, that I hope to get cut from the UFC when he loses this fight. The chances are already out for this one, and indeed the UFC newcomer is a 2-to-1 preferred to get his hands raised.
UFC Fight Night 148 vs. Frankie Saenz, marlon Vera The UFC has re-booked the bantamweight bout between Marlon Vera and Frankie Saenz that has been scrapped days before UFC 235 for UFC Fight Night 148, which takes place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tennessee. Vera (12-5-1) is 6-4 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back stoppage wins over Guido Cannetti and Wuliji Buren. Saenz (13-5) is 5-3 in the UFC and conquered Henry Briones and Merab Dvalishvili in his last two bouts by choice. I don’t see the line shifting much from where it shut before Saenz got hurt. Look for the line to be equal to what it ended it, with Vera as a close 2-to-1 favourite.
Poliana Botelho vs. Lauren Mueller, UFC 236
Due to an arm injury, Paige VanZant is out of her women’s flyweight bout against Poliana Botelho at UFC 236 and instead Lauren Mueller is shooting the fight. The card is set for April 13 in State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Botelho (7-2) is 2-1 in the UFC but dropped by submission to Cynthia Calvillo in her final struggle. Mueller (5-1) is 1-1 at the UFC but was submitted by Yanan Wu in her last fight. It’s another fight between two faulty fighters who may go either way, but based on name value I would anticipate Botelho to be preferred here.
Greg Hardy vs. Dmitry Smoliakov, UFC on ESPN 3
Controversial heavyweight Greg Hardy will return at UFC on ESPN 3 against Dmitry Smoliakov. The card is set for April 27 in BB&T Center at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Igor Lazorin broke the information. Hardy (3-1) dropped by DQ to Allen Crowder in his UFC debut as a huge favored but’d won his three prior pro MMA bouts by knockout. Smoliakov (9-2) has been completed at bout of his UFC appearances before bouncing back with a entry win on the Russian regional arena in January. But at 36 decades old he does not have any upside and the UFC is bringing him in here to lose. I wouldn’t advocate putting the juice Hardy after what occurred in his UFC debut, but I fully expect him to become a monster favorite yet again for this fight.
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