A couple new bouts have been reserved for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards. Below are the bouts, along with my first thoughts on them.
UFC Fight Night 152 vs. Charles Jourdain, desmond Green Desmond Green has gotten his wish. The lightweight will compete in his hometown of Rochester, New York when he meets beginner Charles Jourdain at UFC Fight Night 152, taking place May 18 at Blue Cross Arena. The news broke.
Green (22-8) is just 3-3 overall from the UFC but is coming off of possibly the biggest win of his career, a first-round TKO win over Ross Pearson that sent the British veteran packaging into retirement. Green said he wanted to struggle in Rochester so bad that he would struggle at no cost, and he’ll get his wish, only he will get paid when he takes on Jourdain, who is making his UFC debut. Jourdain (9-1) was the lightweight champion in the TKO advertising in Quebec and is coming off of four straight finishes. Only 23 years old,”Air” Jourdain is among the best prospects at 155lbs and this is a superb signing for the UFC.
Having said this, Jourdain will probably be facing a difficult competitor here in Green, who has shown he can grind his opponents out and knock him out. I would give the advantage to green according to his UFC encounter, though Jourdain may be a dog.
Devin Clark vs. Darko Stosic, UFC Fight Night 153
Following his light heavyweight matchup against Ivan Shtyrkov at last weekend’s UFC St. Petersburg event was scrapped last minute, Devin Clark was quickly rebooked and he’ll fight high prospect Darko Stosic in UFC Fight Night 153, taking place June 1 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Clark himself broke the news through Instagram.
Clark (9-3) is 3-3 in the UFC and is coming from a TKO loss to Aleksandar Rakic. Overall he has been a disappointment from the UFC and it looks like the matchmakers are down . Stosic (13-3) is among the best prospects in 205lbs and picked up a vicious TKO win over Jeremy Kimball in his UFC debut up his win streak to eight consecutive fights.
It sure looks like the UFC is utilizing Clark as a gatekeeper at this point of his profession, and Stosic ought to be a hefty favorite to get the win in this struggle.
Kevin Holland vs. Alessio Di Chirico, UFC Fight Night 154
Middleweights Kevin Holland and Alessio Di Chirico are set to battle at UFC Fight Night 154, which takes place June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Sherdog broke the news.
Holland (14-4) is 1-2 in the UFC after being signed after a successful stint on the Contender Series. After dropping a choice to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut, he has picked up back-to-back wins over Gerald Meerschaert and John Phillips. Di Chirico (12-2) is 3-2 at the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Oluwale Bamgbose and Julian Marquez.
This ought to be a very competitive fight, and while I do anticipate Holland to be favored, Di Chirico is a solid fighter and shouldn’t be counted out of this one.
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