UFC Prague (UFC Fight Night 145) is set to take place February 23 in The O2 Arena at the capital city of the Czech Republic. The principal event of this card is a light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos and Jan Blachowicz, and now the UFC is starting to fill the card out by announcing all the preliminary bouts. Four new prelims have been revealed for the card (in addition to those mention in previous posts here), and here are my thoughts on the new bouts in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Veronica Macedo vs. Gillian Robertson, UFC Fight Night 145
The first new bout of course is that a women’s flyweight matchup involving Veronica Macedo and Gillian Robertson. Nolan King of FloCombat broke the brand new. Macedo (5-2-1) is 0-2 at the UFC but put up a spirited effort in a decision loss to Andrea Lee that won her a share of”Fight of the evening .” Robertson (5-3) is 2-1 in the UFC, with all of her struggles ending in entry lose or win. Both women are in dire need of a victory, and this battle could go either way. I’d slightly lean towards Robertson because she’s fought a higher degree of competition, but it is close.
Carlo Pedersoli Jr. vs. Dwight Grant, UFC Fight Night 145
Then We’ve Got a welterweight bout between Carlo Pedersoli Jr. and Dwight Grant. Sherdog broke the news. Pedersoli Jr. (11-2) opened his UFC career with a split decision win over Brad Scott but endured a fast KO loss to Alex Oliveira his last time out. Grant (8-2) is coming off of a split decision loss to Zak Ottow in his final fight. Both guys have a whole lot to prove but I believe Pedersoli Jr. is a better fighter based on what we’ve observed in the UFC and Cage Warriors plus I’d prefer him .
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu, UFC Fight Night 145
After a few other competitions fell through, Magomed Ankalaev will go back to the Octagon from UFC newcomer Klidson Farias de Abreu. Ankalaev (9-1) suffered a devastating submission loss to Paul Craig in his UFC debut but bounced back nicely with a TKO win over Marcin Prachnio in his final struggle. Abreu (14-2) is riding a six-fight win streak into this contest and 16 of his wins have finished inside the space. I wouldn’t feel comfortable laying huge juice on Ankalaev after what happened in the Craig struggle, but on paper he should have the advantage in this particular one. With that said, if Abreu is a huge underdog such as Craig was, maybe he is worth taking a flier on.
Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez, UFC Fight Night 145
And added into the card is a welterweight connection between Damir Ismagulov and Joel Alvarez. MMADNA broke the news. Ismagulov (17-2) is riding a 12-fight win series and won a decision over Alex Gorgees in his UFC debut. Alvarez (15-1) is a veteran of the Spanish regional scene, and it has completed all 15 of the professional victories. Alvarez resembles a good prospect but Ismagulov is about a whole other level and that I would peg him as a large favorite to win this battle.
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