UFC Prague (UFC Fight Night 145) is set to take place February 23 at The O2 Arena at the capital city of the Czech Republic. The main event of the card is a light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos and Jan Blachowicz, and the UFC is beginning to fill out the card by announcing all the preliminary bouts. Four new prelims are shown for the card (in addition to people 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 very first new bout of course is a women’s flyweight matchup between Veronica Macedo and Gillian Robertson. Nolan King of 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”Fight of the Night.” Robertson (5-3) is 2-1 at the UFC, together with all her fights ending in entry win or lose. Both girls are in desperate need of a success, and this battle could go either way. I’d slightly lean towards Robertson since she’s fought a higher level 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 with 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 off of a split decision loss to Zak Ottow in his final fight. Both guys have a whole lot to prove but I think Pedersoli Jr. is a better fighter based on what we’ve observed in the UFC and Cage Warriors plus I’d favor him .
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu, UFC Fight Night 145
Following a couple other opponents dropped through, Magomed Ankalaev will return to the Octagon against UFC newcomer Klidson Farias de Abreu. Ankalaev (9-1) endured a devastating entry loss to Paul Craig in his UFC debut but bounced back well with a TKO win over Marcin Prachnio in his last struggle. Abreu (14-2) is riding a six-fight win streak into this competition and all 16 of his wins have ended inside the distance. I would not feel comfortable laying huge juice Ankalaev after what happened in the Craig struggle, but on paper he should have the benefit in this one. Having said that, if Abreu is a huge underdog such as Craig was, maybe he is worth taking a flier on.
Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez, UFC Fight Night 145
And finally added into the card is a welterweight connection between Damir Ismagulov and Joel Alvarez. MMADNA broke the information. Ismagulov (17-2) is riding a 12-fight win series and won a decision over Alex Gorgees in his UFC debut. Alvarez (15-1) is a veteran of the Spanish regional scene, and it has finished all 15 of the professional victories. Alvarez resembles a good prospect but Ismagulov is about a whole other level and that I would peg him as a large favorite to win this fight.
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