A few new bouts have been reserved for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards. Below are the bouts, along with my ideas on them.
UFC Fight Night 152 vs. Charles Jourdain, desmond Green Desmond Green has gotten his wish. The lightweight will compete in his hometown of Rochester, New York when he meets newcomer Charles Jourdain in UFC Fight Night 152, occurring May 18 at Blue Cross Arena. The news was broken by RDS.
Green (22-8) is just 3-3 overall in the UFC but is coming from arguably the biggest win of his career, a first-round TKO win over Ross Pearson that sent the British veteran packaging into retirement. Green said he wanted to fight in Rochester so awful that he would struggle for free, and he’ll get his wish, only he’ll get paid when he takes on Jourdain, who’s making his UFC debut. Jourdain (9-1) has been the lightweight champion from the TKO advertising in Quebec and is coming from four straight finishes. Just 23 years old,”Air” Jourdain is among the best prospects at 155lbs and this is a great signing for the UFC.
Having said that, Jourdain will probably be facing a difficult opponent here in Green, who’s shown he can grind out his enemies and also knock him out. I would give the edge to green based on his UFC experience, though Jourdain could be a dog.
Devin Clark vs. Darko Stosic, UFC Fight Night 153
Following his light heavyweight matchup against Ivan Shtyrkov at last weekend’s UFC St. Petersburg event was scrapped last minute, Devin Clark was quickly rebooked and he’ll fight top prospect Darko Stosic in UFC Fight Night 153, occurring June 1 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Clark himself broke the news via Instagram.
Clark (9-3) is 3-3 in the UFC and is coming from a TKO loss to Aleksandar Rakic. Overall he has been a disappointment in the UFC and it looks like that the matchmakers are down on him. Stosic (13-3) is among the top prospects at 205lbs and picked up a vicious TKO win over Jeremy Kimball in his UFC debut to up his win streak to eight consecutive fights.
It sure looks like that the UFC is using Clark as a gatekeeper at this stage of his profession, and Stosic should be quite a hefty favored to get the win in this struggle.
Kevin Holland vs. Alessio Di Chirico, UFC Fight Night 154
Middleweights Kevin Holland and Alessio Di Chirico are set to clash at UFC Fight Night 154, which takes place June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Sherdog broke the news.
Holland (14-4) is currently 1-2 at the UFC after being signed after a successful stint on the Contender Series. After dropping a choice to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut, he has picked up back-to-back wins over Gerald Meerschaert and John Phillips. Di Chirico (12-2) is 3-2 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Oluwale Bamgbose and Julian Marquez.
This should be a really competitive struggle, and while I really do anticipate Holland to be favored, Di Chirico is a good fighter and should not be counted out of this one.
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