A number of quality bouts are shown for upcoming UFC cards, and my thoughts on them are under.
Demian Maia vs. Anthony Rocco Martin, UFC on ESPN 3
Standout welterweights Demian Maia and Anthony Rocco Martin will fight at UFC on ESPN 3, taking place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Combate broke the information. Maia (26-9) is 20-9 from the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Lyman Good. Martin (16-4) is 8-4 in the UFC and has won four of his fights since moving up to welterweight. Martin is an excellent fighter and may very well win this battle, but according to Maia’s degree of knowledge and the quality of his opposition over the years that he deserves to be the betting favorite here.
Paul Craig vs. Alonzo Menifield, UFC on ESPN 3
An intriguing light heavyweight bout between Paul Craig and Alonzo Menifield meet at UFC on ESPN 3. Craig (11-3) is 3-3 at the UFC and is coming from a miracle entry win over Kennedy Nzechukwu. Menifield (8-0) is undefeated as a pro with all of his wins coming by stoppage, such as a brutal KO over Vinicius Moreira in his UFC debut. You can never fully count Craig outside as he has proven he can return and win late in the fight by entry, but on paper Menifield is the better athlete and he should be a massive favorite here.
Marlon Vera vs. Sean O’Malley, UFC 239
An intriguing bantamweight bout between Marlon Vera and Sean O’Malley is scheduled for UFC 239, taking place June 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani broke the information. Vera (13-5-1) is 7-4 in the UFC and is coming from three straight endings over Frankie Saenz, Guido Cannetti and Wuliji Buren. O’Malley (10-0) is 2-0 in the UFC but hasn’t competed in over a year because of some USADA suspension. O’Malley is a tremendous young potential but Vera is fighting at a high level at the moment and deserves to be the favorite here.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Martin Vettori, UFC Fight Night 155
Middleweights Cezar Ferreira and Marvin Vettori are put to battle at UFC Fight Night 155, taking place July 13 in an unannounced place in Sacramento, California. Combate broke the information. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 in the UFC and is coming off of an upset decision loss to Ian Heinisch. Vettori (12-4-1) has not fought in over a year due to some USADA suspension and also in his final struggle dropped a split decision to Israel Adesanya. This is a close fight but given how close Vettori was to beating Adesanya, even with the long layoff I would prefer him slightly to get the win here over the aging and chinny Ferreira.
Beneil Dariush vs. Drakkar Klose, UFC on ESPN 3
Lightweights Beneil Dariush and Drakkar Klose will even fulfill at UFC Fight Night 155. Dariush (16-4-1) is 10-4-1 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Drew Dober and Thiago Moises. Klose (10-1-1) is 4-1 in the UFC and is coming off of successive wins over Bobby Green and Lando Vannata. This is an excellent matchup but I’d really favor Klose as stylistically it is a good battle for him because he should be able to keep it standing and acquire the battle that is spectacular.
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