UFC Prague (UFC Fight Night 145) is set to take place February 23 at The O2 Arena in the capital city of the Czech Republic. The principal 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 all of the preliminary bouts. Four new prelims are revealed for the card (along with those mention in previous posts here), and here are my thoughts on the newest 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 a women’s flyweight matchup involving Veronica Macedo and Gillian Robertson. Nolan King of FloCombat broke the new. Macedo (5-2-1) is 0-2 in the UFC but put up a spirited effort in a decision loss to Andrea Lee that won her a share of”Battle of the Night” Robertson (5-3) is 2-1 at the UFC, with all of her struggles end in submission win or lose. Both girls are in desperate need of a victory, and this battle could go either way. I would slightly lean towards Robertson because she has fought a higher degree of competition, but it’s close.
Carlo Pedersoli Jr. vs. Dwight Grant, UFC Fight Night 145
Then we have a welterweight bout between Carlo Pedersoli Jr. and Dwight Grant. Sherdog broke the information. Pedersoli Jr. (11-2) started his UFC career using 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 from a split decision loss to Zak Ottow in his final struggle. Both men have a whole lot to prove but I believe Pedersoli Jr. is a much better fighter based on what we’ve seen in the UFC and Cage Warriors plus I’d prefer him .
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu, UFC Fight Night 145
Following a few other opponents fell through, Magomed Ankalaev will return to the Octagon against UFC newcomer Klidson Farias de Abreu. Ankalaev (9-1) suffered a catastrophic submission reduction to Paul Craig in his UFC debut but bounced back nicely with a TKO win over Marcin Prachnio in his last fight. Abreu (14-2) is riding a six-fight win streak into this competition and 16 of his wins have finished inside the space. I wouldn’t feel comfortable laying huge juice on Ankalaev after what occurred in the Craig fight, but on paper that he must have the benefit in this one. Having said that, if Abreu is a massive underdog like Craig was, maybe he could be worth taking a flier on.
Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez, UFC Fight Night 145
And finally added to 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 finished all 15 of his professional victories. Alvarez looks like a solid potential but Ismagulov is about a whole other level and that I would peg him as a big favorite to win this battle.
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