A number of new UFC bouts are added to three upcoming fight cards. Here are the bouts, along with my first ideas on them.
Alex White vs. Dan Moret, UFC Fight Night 146
Lightweights Alex White and Dan Moret are set to clash at UFC Fight Night 146, occurring March 9 in Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Nolan King broke the news. White (12-5) is 3-5 from the UFC and is coming from a submission loss 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 for a Select’em.
Grant Dawson vs. Julian Erosa, UFC Fight Night 146
Featherweights Grant Dawson and Julian Erosa will also meet at UFC Fight Night 146. MyMMANews.com broke the news. Dawson (12-1) is finally making his UFC debut following a USADA case kept him on the sidelines. Before his suspension, he’d won on the Contender Series to get a UFC deal. Erosa (22-6) is 0-2 in the UFC and has been knocked out by Devonte Smith in his last outing. This looks like a scenario to fade Erosa in and take Dawson for the triumph.
John Makdessi vs. Nasrat Haqparast, UFC Fght Night 148
A fun struggle between lightweights John Makdessi and Nasrat Haqparast is set for UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 at 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”Battle of the Night” for his decision win over Thibault Gouti. I believe Makdessi is a great challenge for Haqparast at this stage of his career, but since he’s just 23 you have to prefer Haqparast here.
Bobby Moffett vs. Bryce Mitchell, UFC Fight Night 148
Also, featherweights Bobby Moffett and Bryce Mitchell will combat at UFC Fight Night 148. Tom Taylor of 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 should 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 in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pearson (20-15, 1 NC) is 12-12, 1 NC at the UFC and has dropped five of the 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 competitive in, but I have to prefer Green.
Sheymon Moraes vs. Sodiq Yusuff, UFC on ESPN two At the same time, an interesting 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 at the UFC and is coming off of a great win over Julio Arce. Yusuff (8-1) knocked out Suman Mokhtarian in his UFC debut. Moraes is a very solid fighter with more expertise, but it’s hard to bet against the superb prospect Yusuff now, and I expect him to be favored.
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