NEW SLATE OF UFC BOUTS REVEALED INCLUDING DEMIAN MAIA VS. ANTHONY ROCCO MARTIN
Quite a few quality spells have been revealed for upcoming UFC cards, and my thoughts on these are below.
Demian Maia vs. Anthony Rocco Martin, UFC on ESPN 3
Standout welterweights Demian Maia and Anthony Rocco Martin will fight at UFC on ESPN 3, occurring June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Combate broke the information. Maia (26-9) is 20-9 from the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Lyman Good. Martin (16-4) is 8-4 at the UFC and has won four of his fights since moving up to welterweight. Martin is a fantastic fighter and may very well win this battle, but based on Maia’s level of knowledge and the quality of his resistance over the years he deserves to be the betting favorite here.
Paul Craig vs. Alonzo Menifield, UFC on ESPN 3
An intriguing light heavyweight bout between Paul Craig and Alonzo Menifield match at UFC on ESPN 3. Craig (11-3) is 3-3 in the UFC and is coming off of a miracle submission win over Kennedy Nzechukwu. Menifield (8-0) is undefeated as an expert with all of his wins coming from stoppage, including a brutal KO over Vinicius Moreira in his UFC debut. You can never completely count Craig out as he has proven he can return and win late in the struggle by entry, but on paper Menifield is the better athlete and he should be a massive favorite here.
Marlon Vera vs. Sean O’Malley, UFC 239
An intriguing bantamweight bout between Marlon Vera and Sean O’Malley is scheduled for UFC 239, taking place June 6 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani broke the news. Vera (13-5-1) is 7-4 in the UFC and is coming off of three straight finishes over Frankie Saenz, Guido Cannetti and Wuliji Buren. O’Malley (10-0) is 2-0 in the UFC but hasn’t competed in more than a year because of a USADA suspension. O’Malley is a tremendous young potential but Vera is fighting a high level right now and deserves to be the favorite here.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Martin Vettori, UFC Fight Night 155
Middleweights Cezar Ferreira and Marvin Vettori are put to battle at UFC Fight Night 155, taking place July 13 in an unannounced venue in Sacramento, California. Combate broke the information. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 from the UFC and is coming off of an upset decision reduction to Ian Heinisch. Vettori (12-4-1) hasn’t fought in over a year because of a USADA suspension and in his final fight dropped a split decision to Israel Adesanya. This is a near fight but given how close Vettori was to beating Adesanya, even with the long layoff I would prefer him slightly to get the win over the aging and chinny Ferreira.
Beneil Dariush vs. Drakkar Klose, UFC on ESPN 3
Lightweights Beneil Dariush and Drakkar Klose may also fulfill at UFC Fight Night 155. Dariush (16-4-1) is 10-4-1 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Drew Dober and Thiago Moises. Klose (10-1-1) is 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of consecutive wins over Bobby Green and Lando Vannata. This really is a quality matchup but I’d actually favor Klose as stylistically it’s a good battle for him as he ought to have the ability to keep it standing and also win the battle that is spectacular.
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