The UFC recently announced its return to Sacramento, California, set for July 13 at Golden 1 Center. Quite a few new bouts have been added into the card, and my initial thoughts on these are under.
Nicco Montano vs. Sara McMann, UFC Fight Night 155
Former UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano will return to the Octagon as she moves up to the bantamweight division when she takes on Sara McMann. Montano (4-2) won TUF 26 using a choice win over Roxanne Modafferi back in December 2017 but has not competed since then due to some USADA breach and many problems making weight. She ran through the contest on TUF, but so far has not done anything in the UFC. Maybe moving up in fat can help her out, but it’s difficult to say now. McMann (11-5) 5-5 general from the UFC and has not won a fight since a 2017 entry triumph over Gina Mazany. Since that time she’s dropped back-to-back submission defeats to Ketlen Vieira and Marion Reneau and looks like a shell of her former self. This is fantastic matchmaking here and also an intriguing fashion matchup, but with bettors surely seeking to fade McMann I would expect Montano to be a small favorite in this one.
Ryan Hall vs. Darren Elkins, UFC 155
Featherweights Ryan Hall and Darren Elkins are set to battle. Hall (7-1) won TUF 22 and has since moved 3-0 at the UFC with wins over Artem Lobov, Gray Maynard, and in his last outing, a gorgeous heel hook submission win over BJ Penn.. He barely struggles, but when he does he’s showed some fantastic potential. Elkins (24-7) is 14-6 overall from the UFC but has lost back-to-back conflicts to Ricardo Lamas and Alexander Volkanovski. However, he is one of the toughest fighters in 145lbs there is. Although Hall is an excellent grappler, Elkins should have the ability to neutralize himand awarded all of his success in the UFC he must be the favorite in this fight.
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Livia Renata Souza, UFC 155
A fascinating women’s strawweight bout between Cynthia Calvillo and Livia Renata Souza is also set for this particular card. Calvillo (8-1) is 5-1 at the UFC and has won back-to-back conflicts over Poliana Botelho and Cortney Casey because her lone career reduction to Carla Esparza. Souza (13-1) is currently riding a four-fight win streak and has won both of her UFC bouts over Alex Chambers and Sarah Frota. This is a great battle between two of the greatest strawweights on the planet. When I had to guess, Calvillo will be a tiny favored due to having more UFC experience along with a bigger name, but Souza absolutely is a live dog to win this battle.
UFC 155 vs. Martin Day, benito Lopez And lastly, bantamweight prospects Benito Lopez and Martin Day are set to clash. Lopez (9-1) is currently 1-1 in the UFC with a decision win over Albert Morales along with a entry loss to Manny Bermudez in his last outing, the initial loss of his MMA career. However, he’s only 25 and stays a leading prospect at 135lbs. Day (8-3) lost a split decision to Pingyuan Liu in his UFC debut last year. Although Day is a good fighter, Lopez has much more upside and should be the favorite here.
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