UFC Prague (UFC Fight Night 145) is set to take place February 23 in The O2 Arena in the capital city of the Czech Republic. The main event of this card is a light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos and Jan Blachowicz, and now the UFC is beginning to fill the card out by announcing each one of the preliminary bouts. Four brand new prelims are shown for the card (in addition to those 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 mention is that a women’s flyweight matchup involving Veronica Macedo and Gillian Robertson. Nolan King of FloCombat broke the brand 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”Battle of the evening ” Robertson (5-3) is 2-1 at the UFC, with all her fights ending in entry lose or win. Both women are in desperate need of a victory, and this fight could go either way. I would slightly lean towards Robertson because she has fought a greater level of competition, but it’s 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 information. Pedersoli Jr. (11-2) opened his UFC career with a split decision win over Brad Scott but suffered a quick 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 last fight. Both men have a lot to prove but I believe Pedersoli Jr. is a much better fighter based on what we’ve observed in the UFC and Cage Warriors and I’d prefer him .
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu, UFC Fight Night 145
After a couple other opponents fell through, Magomed Ankalaev will return to the Octagon from UFC newcomer Klidson Farias de Abreu. Ankalaev (9-1) suffered a catastrophic entry loss to Paul Craig in his UFC debut but bounced back nicely with a TKO win over Marcin Prachnio in his last struggle. Abreu (14-2) is riding a six-fight win streak into this contest and 16 of his wins have ended within the distance. I would not feel comfortable laying huge juice Ankalaev after what happened in the Craig fight, but on paper that he must have the benefit in this one. Having said that, if Abreu is a huge underdog like Craig was, perhaps he could be worth taking a flier on.
Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez, UFC Fight Night 145
And 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 streak 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 completed all 15 of his professional victories. Alvarez resembles a solid potential but Ismagulov is on a whole other level and that I would peg him as a large favorite to win this fight.
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