The UFC has been busy announcing new fights. Below are some of the newest upcoming bouts set for spring UFC cards, and my initial thoughts on these.
Michel Prazeres vs. Ismail Naurdiev, UFC Fight Night 145
Due to an injury to Ramazan Emeev, Ismail Naurdiev has obtained a short-notice struggle against Michel Prazeres in UFC Fight Night 145, occurring February 23 in The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. MMABrasil broke the news. Prazeres (26-2) is 10-2 at the UFC entire and will be riding an eight-fight win series at the moment. He had difficulty making the lightweight limit of 155lbs and because moving up to welterweight has arguably looked even better using back-to-back wins over Zak Cummings and Bartosz Fabinski. Naurdiev (17-2) is making his UFC debut on the strength of back-to-back knockout wins. He’s experience fighting in ACB, and the majority of his wins have come by stoppage. However he has also fought a very low level of competition and Prazeres is a major step up. I expect Prazeres for a solid favorite here, and he deserves it after the current series he’s went on inside the Octagon.
Enrique Barzola vs. Kevin Aguilar, UFC on ESPN two Featherweights Enrique Barzola and Kevin Aguilar are set to meet UFC on ESPN two, taking place March 30 in Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The news broke. Barzola (15-3-1) is 5-1 in the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win series together with all his wins coming from decision. Barzola’s record is impressive, but his lack of finishing instincts could damage him as he progresses up the featherweight ranks. Aguilar (16-1) is coming off of a powerful UFC debut when he won a unanimous decision over Rick Glenn, and overall he is riding an eight-fight win streak. His only career loss came against Leonard Garcia back in 2013, but he’s been flawless in his MMA career. This is a pretty good matchup between two men on win streaks but according to his capacity to really complete a fight I’d have to favor Aguilar to get his hand raised.
Tom Breese vs. Ian Heinisch, UFC Fight Night 147
Due to an injury to Cezar Ferreira, Ian Heinisch is stepping up as an injury replacement to carry on Tom Breese in UFC Fight Night 147, taking place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. Breese (11-1) is currently 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of a TKO win over Dan Kelly in his middleweight debut. Heinisch (12-1) is currently riding a four-fight win streak and is coming from a successful UFC debut when he conquered the aforementioned Ferreira by decision. His only career defeat came against Markus Perez, who only submitted Anthony Hernandez at UFC Fight Night 144. This looks like a really good matchup between two middleweights with prospective title ambitions. Both Breese and Heinisch are extremely well-rounded fighters and this is going to be a close fight. I would have to prefer Breese just based on the fact that the struggle is in England, but I expect Heinisch to be somewhat competitive in this matchup and he is well worth considering as a puppy.
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