There are a few new fight rumors to report on in the current MMA odds and ends, such as an interim title combat that is sure to excite fans. Here are the sin, along with my initial thoughts on them:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is about to have a serious principal event. An interim welterweight title bout has been targeted between leading conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington has been targeted for the main event over the previously-announced women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. RDA (29-9) is a perfect 3-0 since moving up to welterweight such as a dominant choice win over Robbie Lawler in his last outing. The former lightweight kingpin will be looking to put in a second belt to his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall from the UFC and has won five-straight struggles including a dominant choice on Demian Maia his out time. This is really a incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I’m expecting tight odds for this one, but maybe with a lean towards RDA, who is more proven in the tournament level from the Octagon.
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 129
A welterweight bout featuring Michel Prazeres and Zak Cummings is the latest addition to UFC Fight Night 129, which extends down Saturday, May 19 in Movistar Arena at Santiago, Chile. This bout was confirmed by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 at the UFC and has won six-straight fights. He has been an underrated member of the UFC lightweight branch but after several failed weight cuts he is being made to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he’s going to be one of the smallest fighters in the division. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming off of two-straight wins, but he was recently injured through a lousy weight reduction to get a bout against Thiago Alves and will be coming to this bout on a long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ success from the UFC, he’s still going to be a really small welterweight and Cummings has proven himself to be a winner in 170lbs. I would expect close odds for this one with possibly a little lean towards Cummings, although I’d caution betting against the underrated Prazeres despite all the new weight class.
Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles, UFC Fight Night 129
A lightweight matchup involving Felipe Silva and Claudio Puelles has also been added to UFC Fight Night 129. Globo also reported that this tact. Silva (8-1) is currently 1-1 at the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell along with a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He has been inactive in general averaging only one struggle annually but continues to be successful when he does compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 at the UFC, having suffered a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his debut. But he’s only 21 and ought to continue to enhance. This is a close fight but I’ll go with all the upside and state Puelles should be favored because of being 12 years younger, even if he hasn’t tasted success in the Octagon yet.
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