A number of new UFC bouts have been added to three forthcoming fight cards. Here are the bouts, along with my initial thoughts on them.
Alex White vs. Dan Moret, UFC Fight Night 146
Lightweights Alex White and Dan Moret are set to battle UFC Fight Night 146, taking place March 9 in Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Nolan King broke the information. White (12-5) is 3-5 in the UFC and is coming off of a submission reduction to Jim Miller. Moret (13-4) was pumped out by Gilbert Burns in his UFC debut. Coin-flip battle here and I expect the line to be a Select’em.
Grant Dawson vs. Julian Erosa, UFC Fight Night 146
Featherweights Grant Dawson and Julian Erosa will also fulfill at UFC Fight Night 146. MyMMANews.com broke the news. Dawson (12-1) is eventually making his UFC debut following a USADA case kept him on the sidelines. Before his suspension, he’d won about the Contender Series to get a UFC bargain. Erosa (22-6) is 0-2 at the UFC and was pumped out by Devonte Smith in his last outing. This looks like a situation to fade Erosa in and accept Dawson for the win.
John Makdessi vs. Nasrat Haqparast, UFC Fght Night 148
A fun struggle between lightweights John Makdessi and Nasrat Haqparast is place for UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back choice wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Haqparast (10-2) is 2-1 at the UFC and won”Fight of the Night” because of his decision win over Thibault Gouti. I believe Makdessi is a great challenge for Haqparast at this stage of his career, but given that he is only 23 you have to prefer Haqparast here.
Bobby Moffett vs. Bryce Mitchell, UFC Fight Night 148
Also, featherweights Bobby Moffett and Bryce Mitchell will battle at UFC Fight Night 148. Tom Taylor of all BJPenn.com broke the news. Moffett (14-3) defeated Chas Skelly via contentious technical submission in his UFC debut. Mitchell (10-0) defeated Tyler Diamond within his own Octagon debut. This ought to be a competitive struggle, but my first lean is Moffett.
Ross Pearson vs. Desmond Green, UFC on ESPN two Lightweights Ross Pearson and Desmond Green will meet UFC on ESPN 2, which takes place March 30 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pearson (20-15, 1 NC) is 12-12, 1 NC in the UFC and has lost five of his last six fights overall. Green (21-8) is only 2-3 from the UFC himself. This is at the very least a fight Pearson could be aggressive in, but I still have to favor Green.
Sheymon Moraes vs. Sodiq Yusuff, UFC on ESPN two As well, an intriguing featherweight bout between Sheymon Moraes and Sodiq Yusuff has been added to UFC on ESPN 2. Rodney James had the information. Moraes (11-2) is currently 2-1 in the UFC and is coming from an excellent win over Julio Arce. Yusuff (8-1) pumped out Suman Mokhtarian in his UFC debut. Moraes is a very solid fighter with much more experience, but it is difficult to bet against the superb prospect Yusuff now, and that I expect him to be preferred.
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