UFC PRAGUE GETS NEW FIGHTS INCLUDING VERONICA MACEDO VS. GILLIAN ROBERTSON
UFC Prague (UFC Fight Night 145) is set to take place February 23 in The O2 Arena at the capital city of the Czech Republic. The principal event of this card is that a light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos and Jan Blachowicz, and the UFC is starting to fill out the card by announcing all of the preliminary bouts. Four new prelims have been shown for the card (in addition to 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 involving Veronica Macedo and Gillian Robertson. Nolan King of FloCombat broke the 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, with all of her struggles end in entry lose or win. Both girls are in desperate need of a victory, and this battle could go either way. I’d slightly lean towards Robertson because she has fought a greater degree of competition, but it is close.
Carlo Pedersoli Jr. vs. Dwight Grant, UFC Fight Night 145
Then We’ve Got 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 from a split decision loss to Zak Ottow in his final struggle. Both men have a whole lot to prove but I believe Pedersoli Jr. is a better fighter based on what we’ve seen in the UFC and Cage Warriors plus I’d favor him .
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu, UFC Fight Night 145
After a couple other opponents fell through, Magomed Ankalaev will go back to the Octagon against UFC newcomer Klidson Farias de Abreu. Ankalaev (9-1) endured a catastrophic entry reduction to Paul Craig in his UFC debut but bounced back nicely with a TKO win over Marcin Prachnio in his final struggle. Abreu (14-2) is riding a six-fight win streak into this contest and 16 of his wins have finished within the space. I would not feel comfortable laying huge juice on Ankalaev after what happened in the Craig fight, but on paper he should have the advantage in this one. With that said, if Abreu is a massive underdog like Craig was, maybe he could be worth taking a flier on.
Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez, UFC Fight Night 145
And finally added into the card is a welterweight bout between Damir Ismagulov and Joel Alvarez. MMADNA broke the news. Ismagulov (17-2) is riding a 12-fight win streak and won a decision over Alex Gorgees in his UFC debut. Alvarez (15-1) is a veteran of the Spanish regional scene and has completed all 15 of his professional victories. Alvarez resembles a solid potential but Ismagulov is about a whole other level and I would peg him as a big favorite to win this fight.
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