A few new bouts are revealed for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards, and they are listed below along with my initial ideas on them.
Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz 3, UFC Fight Night 151
At a trilogy fight, Charles Oliveira matches Nik Lentz in UFC Fight Night 151, set for May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. These two have met previously, with a No Contest in their first meeting after Oliveira landed an illegal knee that caused the conclusion, and then a submission win for Oliveira in the rematch. They compete to get a third and final moment. Oliveira (26-8, 1 NC) is 14-8, 1 NC overall in the UFC and has won four straight fights, all by submission. He also holds the record for the most admissions in UFC history, together with 13. Lentz (30-9-2, 1 NC) is 14-6-1, 1 NC in the UFC and has won back-to-back fights over Scott Holtzman and Gray Maynard and has evolved from a grinding wrestling into a well-rounded mixed martial artist. Given that Oliveira has beaten Lentz by submission and is as hot as any lightweight on earth right now, he must be a sizeable preferred to win the trilogy fight, although I would not fully count Lentz out.
Andrea Lee vs. Montana De La Rosa, UFC Fight Night 153
Women’s flyweights Andrea Lee and Montana De La Rosa will meet UFC Fight Night 153, occurring June 22 in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Nolan King of FloCombat broke the information. Lee (10-2) is currently 2-0 at the UFC and is riding an impressive six-fight win series complete with back-to-back wins over Ashlee Evans-Smith and Veronica Macedo. De La Rosa (10-4) is 3-0 at the UFC with three wins by entry such as a tapout over Rachael Ostovich. Eight of her 10 career wins have actually come by submission, making her one of the very dangerous flyweight prospects at the UFC at this time. These are a couple of the best prospects at 125lbs, but the truth De La Rosa is completing all of her struggles should make her the gambling favorite heading into it.
Jordan Griffin vs. Chas Skelly, UFC on ESPN 4
Featherweights Jordan Griffin and Chas Skelly are set to meet at UFC on ESPN 4, occurring June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Griffin (17-6) lost a decision to Dan Ige in his UFC debut that snapped his four-fight win series, which included a triumph on Dana White’s Contender Series that initially got him to the UFC. Actually Ige simply destroyed Danny Henry makes Griffin’s close decision loss seem somewhat better, but he definitely needs to conquer Skelly here and start building a new win streak if he would like to become a featherweight competition in the UFC. Skelly (17-4) has a winning record of 7-4 in the UFC but is coming from back-to-back stoppage losses to Bobby Moffett and Jason Knight. At one point in time he seemed like a featherweight on the upswing, but his last few performances were weak and he wants to rally against Griffin. This should be a competitive fight, but it may be a fantastic spot to fade Skelly and take Griffin if he’s accessible pet cash.
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