MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: RDA VS. COVINGTON TARGETED FOR UFC 224
There are a couple new battle rumors to report on in today’s MMA odds and ends, such as an interim title fight that’s guaranteed to excite fans. Here are the sin, along with my initial thoughts on them:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is about to have a serious main event. An interim welterweight title bout is being targeted between leading conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington is being 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 choice win over Robbie Lawler in his final outing. The prior lightweight kingpin will probably be seeking to add a second belt for his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall in the UFC and has won five-straight fights including a dominant choice on Demian Maia his last time out. This is really a incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I am expecting tight odds with this particular one, but perhaps with a lean towards RDA, who’s more proven at 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 extends down Saturday, May 19 at Movistar Arena at Santiago, Chile. This bout was confirmed by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 in the UFC and has won six-straight struggles. He has been an underrated member of this UFC lightweight branch but after multiple failed weight cuts he’s being forced to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he is likely to be one of the tiniest fighters in the division. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming off of two-straight wins, but he was recently injured during a bad weight reduction for a bout against Thiago Alves and will be coming into this bout on a very long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ success in the UFC, he is still going to be a very modest welterweight and Cummings has proven himself to be a winner at 170lbs. I’d expect close chances for this one with possibly a slight lean towards Cummings, though I’d caution gambling against the underrated Prazeres despite all 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 1-1 at the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell along with a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He’s been inactive in general averaging only one fight a year but has been successful when he can compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 at the UFC, having suffered a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his debut. But he’s only 21 and should continue to improve. This is a close fight but I’ll go with the upside and state Puelles should be favored due to being 12 years younger, even if he hasn’t tasted victory in the Octagon yet.
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