Quite a few new UFC bouts are added to three upcoming fight cards. Here are the bouts, along with my first thoughts on them.
Alex White vs. Dan Moret, UFC Fight Night 146
Lightweights Alex White and Dan Moret are set to clash at UFC Fight Night 146, occurring March 9 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Nolan King broke the information. White (12-5) is 3-5 in the UFC and is coming from a submission reduction to Jim Miller. Moret (13-4) was knocked out by Gilbert Burns in his UFC debut. Coin-flip battle here and I expect the line to be a Select’em.
Grant Dawson vs. Julian Erosa, UFC Fight Night 146
Featherweights Grant Dawson and Julian Erosa will also meet at UFC Fight Night 146. MyMMANews.com broke the news. Dawson (12-1) is eventually making his UFC debut following a USADA case kept him on the sidelines. Prior to his suspension, he had won about the Contender Series to get a UFC deal. Erosa (22-6) is 0-2 in the UFC and has been pumped out by Devonte Smith in his last outing. This looks like a situation to fade Erosa in and accept Dawson for the win.
John Makdessi vs. Nasrat Haqparast, UFC Fght Night 148
An Enjoyable struggle between lightweights John Makdessi and Nasrat Haqparast is place for UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back choice wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Haqparast (10-2) is 2-1 in the UFC and won»Battle of the Night» for his decision win over Thibault Gouti. I believe Makdessi is a great challenge for Haqparast at this point of his profession, but since he’s just 23 you have to prefer Haqparast here.
Bobby Moffett vs. Bryce Mitchell, UFC Fight Night 148
Also, featherweights Bobby Moffett and Bryce Mitchell will battle at UFC Fight Night 148. Tom Taylor of BJPenn.com broke the information. Moffett (14-3) defeated Chas Skelly via contentious technical submission within his UFC debut. Mitchell (10-0) defeated Tyler Diamond in his Octagon debut. This should be a competitive fight, but my initial lean is Moffett.
Ross Pearson vs. Desmond Green, UFC on ESPN two Lightweights Ross Pearson and Desmond Green will meet UFC on ESPN two, which takes place March 30 in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pearson (20-15, 1 NC) is 12-12, 1 NC in the UFC and has dropped five of his last six fights overall. Green (21-8) is only 2-3 from the UFC himself. This is at the very least a struggle Pearson could be competitive in, however I still have to favor Green.
Sheymon Moraes vs. Sodiq Yusuff, UFC on ESPN 2 At the same time, an intriguing featherweight bout between Sheymon Moraes and Sodiq Yusuff has been added to UFC on ESPN 2. Rodney James had the news. Moraes (11-2) is currently 2-1 at the UFC and is coming off of a great win over Julio Arce. Yusuff (8-1) pumped out Suman Mokhtarian in his UFC debut. Moraes is a really solid fighter with much more experience, but it’s difficult to bet against the super prospect Yusuff now, and I expect him to be favored.
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