Quite a few quality bouts 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, taking place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Combate broke the information. Maia (26-9) is 20-9 in the UFC and is coming off of a submission win over Lyman Good. Martin (16-4) is 8-4 in the UFC and has won all four of his fights since moving up to welterweight. Martin is a fantastic fighter and may very well win this battle, but according to Maia’s level of experience 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 meet at UFC on ESPN 3. Craig (11-3) is 3-3 at the UFC and is coming from a miracle submission win over Kennedy Nzechukwu. Menifield (8-0) is undefeated as a pro with all of his wins coming from stoppage, such as a brutal KO over Vinicius Moreira in his UFC debut. You can never fully count Craig out as he has proven he can return and win in the fight by submission, but on newspaper Menifield is the better athlete and he must 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 at the UFC but hasn’t competed in more than a year because of some USADA suspension. O’Malley is a huge young prospect but Vera is battling at 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 news. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 from the UFC and is coming off of an upset decision loss to Ian Heinisch. Vettori (12-4-1) has not fought in over a year because of a USADA suspension and also in his final fight dropped a split decision to Israel Adesanya. That is a near fight but given how close Vettori was to beating Adesanya, in spite of the long layoff I’d prefer him slightly to get the win here over the aging and chinny Ferreira.
Beneil Dariush vs. Drakkar Klose, UFC on ESPN 3
Lightweights Beneil Dariush and Drakkar Klose will also fulfill at UFC Fight Night 155. Dariush (16-4-1) is 10-4-1 from the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Drew Dober and Thiago Moises. Klose (10-1-1) is 4-1 in the UFC and is coming off of consecutive wins over Bobby Green and Lando Vannata. This really is a quality matchup but I would actually favor Klose because stylistically it’s a good fight for him because he ought to have the ability to keep it standing and also acquire the striking battle.
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