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 main event of this card is a light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos and Jan Blachowicz, and now the UFC is starting to fill the card out by announcing each one of the preliminary bouts. Four brand new prelims are revealed for the card (in addition to those mention in previous posts here), and here are my thoughts on the new bouts in the current 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 new. Macedo (5-2-1) is 0-2 at the UFC but put up a spirited effort in a decision loss to Andrea Lee that won her a share of”Battle of the Night.” Robertson (5-3) is 2-1 in the UFC, together with all of her struggles ending in submission lose or win. Both women are in desperate need of a victory, and this battle could go either way. I would slightly lean towards Robertson because she has fought a greater level of competition, but it’s 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) started his UFC career using a split decision win over Brad Scott but endured a fast KO loss to Alex Oliveira his last time out. Grant (8-2) is coming from a split decision loss to Zak Ottow in his last fight. Both guys have a lot to prove but I think Pedersoli Jr. is a better fighter based on what we’ve seen in the UFC and Cage Warriors plus I would favor him .
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu, UFC Fight Night 145
After a few other opponents fell through, Magomed Ankalaev will go back to the Octagon against UFC newcomer Klidson Farias de Abreu. Ankalaev (9-1) suffered a catastrophic entry loss to Paul Craig in his UFC debut but bounced back nicely 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 16 of his wins have finished inside the distance. I wouldn’t feel comfortable laying huge juice Ankalaev after what happened in the Craig struggle, but on paper he should have the benefit in this particular one. Having said that, if Abreu is a huge underdog like Craig was, perhaps he is worth taking a flier on.
Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez, UFC Fight Night 145
And added to the card is a welterweight connection 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 finished all 15 of the professional victories. Alvarez resembles a solid potential but Ismagulov is about a whole other level and that I would peg him as a big favorite to win this fight.
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