UFC Prague (UFC Fight Night 145) is set to take place February 23 at The O2 Arena in the capital city of the Czech Republic. The principal event of the card is a light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos and Jan Blachowicz, and now the UFC is beginning to fill the card out by announcing each one of the preliminary bouts. Four brand new prelims have been revealed for the card (along with those mention in previous posts here), and here are my thoughts on the newest bouts in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Veronica Macedo vs. Gillian Robertson, UFC Fight Night 145
The first new bout of course is a women’s flyweight matchup between Veronica Macedo and Gillian Robertson. Nolan King of all FloCombat broke the brand new. Macedo (5-2-1) is 0-2 in the UFC but put up a spirited effort in a decision loss to Andrea Lee that won her a share of »Fight of the Night. » Robertson (5-3) is 2-1 at the UFC, together with all of her struggles ending in submission lose or win. Both girls are in dire need of a success, and this battle could go either way. I’d slightly lean towards Robertson since she has fought a higher level of competition, but it’s close.
Carlo Pedersoli Jr. vs. Dwight Grant, UFC Fight Night 145
Then we have a welterweight bout between Carlo Pedersoli Jr. and Dwight Grant. Sherdog broke the news. Pedersoli Jr. (11-2) opened his UFC career using a split decision win over Brad Scott but suffered a quick KO loss to Alex Oliveira his last time out. Grant (8-2) is coming off of a split decision loss to Zak Ottow in his final fight. Both men have a lot to prove but I believe Pedersoli Jr. is a better fighter according to what we’ve observed in the UFC and Cage Warriors plus I would favor him here.
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu, UFC Fight Night 145
Following a few other competitions fell through, Magomed Ankalaev will go back to the Octagon against UFC newcomer Klidson Farias de Abreu. Ankalaev (9-1) endured a devastating submission reduction to Paul Craig in his UFC debut but bounced back well with a TKO win over Marcin Prachnio in his last struggle. Abreu (14-2) is riding a six-fight win streak into this contest and all 16 of his wins have finished inside the distance. I would not feel comfortable laying huge juice Ankalaev after what happened in the Craig struggle, but on paper he should have the benefit in this one. With that said, if Abreu is a massive underdog like Craig was, perhaps he could be worth taking a flier on.
Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez, UFC Fight Night 145
And added into the card is a welterweight connection between Damir Ismagulov and Joel Alvarez. MMADNA broke the information. Ismagulov (17-2) is riding a 12-fight win series and won a decision over Alex Gorgees in his UFC debut. Alvarez (15-1) is a veteran of the Spanish regional scene, and it has finished all 15 of his professional victories. Alvarez resembles a good potential but Ismagulov is about a whole other level and that I would peg him as a large favorite to win this battle.
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