MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: TWO INJURY REPLACEMENT BOUTS ANNOUNCED

Another day, yet another accident — in actuality, this time there were two. For the current MMA Odds and Ends, I’ll list the 2 fights that were changed and provide my thoughts on every one of them. Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili, UFC Fight Night 66 Alex White has been forced to pull from his fight with Mark Eddiva at UFC Fight Night 66, and Levan Makashvili will now take on Eddiva on extremely short notice since the card happens May 16 at Mall of Asia Arena at Pasay, Philippines. Eddiva is 1-1 at the UFC with a surprise conclusion win over Jumabieke Tuerxun along with a TKO loss to Kevin Souza. He’s actually outperformed expectations within the Octagon and general is a pretty good grinder who can bang a little. Makashvili, meanwhile, is a grinder-type who’s making his UFC debut. He was supposed to fight Nik Lentz back in UFC Fight Night 60, but the fight was cancelled at the last minute when Lentz got sick. This is a difficult one to call. I would assert Makashvili is the better fighter and also the better prospect of the pair, but Eddiva has the UFC experience and he’ll be fighting in his home country of Manila here. Eddiva isn’t the type of fighter that will get much respect from the betting public, but he’s pretty solid and I think he puts up a good struggle against Makashvili. I would anticipate a close line for this one with a slight lean towards Makashvili because he’s got a bit more hype surrounding himbut it’s a fight I believe could go either way. Jake Collier vs. Ricardo Abreu, UFC Fight Night 68 Due to an accident to Daniel Sarafian, Ricardo Abreu needed a new opponent and the UFC called upon Jake Collier to fight him UFC Fight Night 68, which takes place June 6 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Collier is 0-1 at the UFC with a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Miranda in his introduction. He had been doing very well in the fight and then at the conclusion of the initial circular faded badly and compensated for it with a KO defeat. Abreu, on the other hand, is undefeated at 5-0 in his career and defeated Wagner Silva via submission in his UFC debut. However, the struggle was a year ago and that he has not fought because, so he’ll have any ring rust going into this one. That is another tough one to predict. I think Collier is the better fighter of the two, however he’s not a person to be reliable with your hard-earned money after we watched what happened in his UFC debut. I don’t think Abreu is as good as his record indicates, but he’s a good shot of picking up a win in this fight. It’s a close one, though, one that could go either way, and I expect the line to signify that.

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