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 the card is a light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos and Jan Blachowicz, and now the UFC is starting to fill the card out by announcing all the preliminary bouts. Four new prelims are shown for the card (along with people mention in previous posts here), and here are my thoughts on the new bouts in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Veronica Macedo vs. Gillian Robertson, UFC Fight Night 145
The very first new bout of course is that a women’s flyweight matchup between Veronica Macedo and Gillian Robertson. Nolan King of FloCombat broke the brand new. Macedo (5-2-1) is 0-2 at the UFC but set up a spirited effort in a decision loss to Andrea Lee that won her a share of”Fight of the evening .” Robertson (5-3) is 2-1 at the UFC, together with all her fights ending in entry win or lose. Both women are in desperate need of a success, and this fight could go either way. I would slightly lean towards Robertson since she’s fought a greater level of competition, but it is 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 news. Pedersoli Jr. (11-2) opened his UFC career with a split decision win over Brad Scott but endured 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 final fight. Both men have a lot to prove but I think Pedersoli Jr. is a much better fighter according to what we’ve observed in the UFC and Cage Warriors plus I’d favor him .
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu, UFC Fight Night 145
After a few other competitions fell through, Magomed Ankalaev will return to the Octagon against UFC newcomer Klidson Farias de Abreu. Ankalaev (9-1) endured a catastrophic submission reduction to Paul Craig in his UFC debut but bounced back well with a TKO win over Marcin Prachnio in his last fight. Abreu (14-2) is riding a six-fight win streak into this contest and all 16 of his wins have finished inside the space. I wouldn’t feel comfortable laying huge juice Ankalaev after what happened in the Craig struggle, but on paper he must have the advantage in this particular one. Having said that, if Abreu is a massive underdog such as Craig was, perhaps he could be worth taking a flier on.
Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez, UFC Fight Night 145
And added to the card is a welterweight bout 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 the professional victories. Alvarez looks like a good potential but Ismagulov is on a whole other level and I would peg him as a large favorite to win this battle.
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