There are a couple new battle rumors to report on in the current MMA odds and ends, such as an interim title combat that is sure to excite fans. Here are the bouts, Together with my first thoughts on these:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is going to get a serious main event. An interim welterweight title bout is being targeted between leading conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington is being targeted for the main event over the previously-announced women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. RDA (29-9) is an ideal 3-0 since moving up to welterweight including a dominant decision win over Robbie Lawler in his final outing. The prior lightweight kingpin will probably be looking to add another belt to his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall from the UFC and has won five-straight fights including a dominant decision over Demian Maia his out time. This is a truly incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I am expecting tight odds for this particular one, but maybe with a lean towards RDA, who’s more proven in the tournament level in the Octagon.
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 129
A welterweight bout featuring Michel Prazeres and Zak Cummings is the Most Recent addition to UFC Fight Night 129, which goes down Saturday, May 19 at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. This bout was supported by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 at the UFC and has won six-straight struggles. He’s been an underrated member of the UFC lightweight division but after multiple failed weight cuts he is being forced to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he’s going to be one of the tiniest fighters in the branch. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming from two-straight wins, but he had been recently injured during a lousy weight reduction for a bout against Thiago Alves and will be coming to this bout on a long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ victory in the UFC, he is going to be a really modest welterweight and Cummings has proven himself to be a winner in 170lbs. I would anticipate close chances with this one with perhaps a slight lean towards Cummings, though I’d caution betting against the underrated Prazeres even with the new weight class.
Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles, UFC Fight Night 129
A lightweight matchup between Felipe Silva and Claudio Puelles has also been added to UFC Fight Night 129. Globo also reported that this tact. Silva (8-1) is 1-1 at the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell and a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He’s been inactive in general averaging just one fight a year but continues to be successful when he does compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 in the UFC, having suffered a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his introduction. But he’s only 21 and ought to continue to improve. That is a close fight but I’ll go with all the upside and say that Puelles should be preferred because of being 12 years younger, even though he hasn’t tasted success in the Octagon yet.
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