Among the best fighters in MMA history is set to return to the Octagon after this spring. Plus, the UFC’s return to Ottawa receives a couple of new matchups in the current MMA odds and ends.
BJ Penn vs. Clay Guida, UFC 237
A lightweight link between BJ Penn and Clay Guida is slated for UFC 237, that can be set for May 11 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. MMAFighting.com broke the news. Penn (16-13-2) is 12-12-1 all-time from the Octagon and will be the former UFC welterweight and lightweight winner. However, he’s fallen on hard times as of late. Now age 40, he had been just submitted by Ryan Hall through heel hook and is currently riding a six-fight win series. He won’t hang up the gloves, presuming he can still hang in the UFC, but it is clear his best times are years . Guida (34-18) is 14-2 all-time in the UFC and most recently lost by submission to Charles Oliveira. But he beat Joe Lauzon and Erik Koch in back-to-back fights before that. Now, you simply can’t pick Penn to beat anybody on the UFC roster, and I would tag Guida as a big favorite to win this fight despite his very own struggles. .
Nordine Taleb vs. Siyar Bahadurzada, UFC Fight Night 150
An exciting welterweight bout between Nordine Taleb and Siyar Bahadurzada will happen at UFC Fight Night 150, set for May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Taleb (14-6) is 6-4 in the UFC and is coming from consecutive stoppage losses to Sean Strickland and Claudio Silva. Bahadurzada (24-7-1) is 3-3 at the UFC and most recently dropped a decision to Curtis Millender. Both men are on the downsides of their livelihood, but I view Bahadurzada as the more complete fighter and would favor him to win this one.
Alexey Oleynik vs. Walt Harris, UFC Fight Night 150
Heavyweights Alexey Oleynik and Walt Harris are set to battle UFC Fight Night 150. Ariel Helwani broke the news. Oleynik (57-11, 1 NC) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a submission win over Mark Hunt. Though he’s 41, he’s still battling in an elite level. Harris (12-7) is 5-6 from the UFC and only picked up the biggest win of his career, a split decision nod over Andrei Arlovski. Though Oleynik is getting up there in age, he’s looked fantastic as of late and has arguably the best submission game in the heavyweight division, span. Although Harris could cause Oleynik issues if this fight stays standing, Oleynik’s edge on the floor should make him a big betting favorite in this bout.
Kyle Nelson vs. Matt Sayles, UFC Fight Night 150
Featherweights Kyle Nelson and Matt Sayles may even fulfill at UFC Fight Night 150. Nelson (12-2) lost to Carlos Diego Ferreira on short note in his UFC debut, but that struggle was a weight class and he had been on a six-fight win series on the regional arena before that. Sayles (7-2) chose to Sheymon Moraes in his UFC debut following a nice win on Dana White’s Contender Series made him a UFC bargain. This looks like a total coin-flip and I expect the line to be close a Pick’em.
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