UFC Prague (UFC Fight Night 145) is set to take place February 23 in The O2 Arena at the capital city of the Czech Republic. The main event of the card is that 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 brand new prelims have been shown for the card (in addition to 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 first new bout of mention is a women’s flyweight matchup involving Veronica Macedo and Gillian Robertson. Nolan King of all 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“Fight of the Night.“ Robertson (5-3) is 2-1 in the UFC, together with all her fights end in entry lose or win. Both women are in dire need of a victory, and this battle could go either way. I would slightly lean towards Robertson because she’s fought a greater degree of competition, but it is 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 news. Pedersoli Jr. (11-2) started his UFC career using a split decision win over Brad Scott but endured a fast 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 struggle. 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 prefer him here.
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu, UFC Fight Night 145
After a few other opponents fell through, Magomed Ankalaev will go back to the Octagon from 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 struggle. Abreu (14-2) is riding a six-fight win streak into this competition and all 16 of his wins have ended within the distance. I wouldn’t feel comfortable putting enormous juice on Ankalaev after what happened in the Craig struggle, but on paper he should have the advantage in this particular one. With that said, if Abreu is a huge underdog like Craig was, maybe he is 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 series and won a decision over Alex Gorgees in his UFC debut. Alvarez (15-1) is a veteran of the Spanish regional scene and has finished all 15 of the professional victories. Alvarez resembles a good prospect but Ismagulov is on a whole other level and I would peg him as a large favorite to win this fight.
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