The UFC continued their current series of struggle announcements late into the week, and also the newly-revealed bouts are recorded below in the MMA odds and ends.
UFC Fight Night 147 vs. Nick Negumereanu, saparbek Safarov Because of an accident to Gokhan Saki, light heavyweight Saparbek Safarov will take on Octagon newcomer Nick Negumereanu at UFC Fight Night 147, set for March 16 in The O2 Arena in London, England. The news broke. Safarov (8-2) was finished by Gian Villante and Tyson Pedro in his first two UFC fights and that he hasn’t fought in over a year today. Negumereanu (9-0) is a undefeated 24-year-old prospect fighting from Romania that has finished all his pre-UFC competitions within the space. Despite taking the fight on short notice and making his Octagon debut, I enjoy Negumereanu to win this particular battle. It’s a pure grin on the chinny Safarov, who I expect to get cut out of the UFC when he loses this fight. The odds are already out with this one, and really the UFC newcomer is a 2-to-1 preferred to get his hand raised.
Marlon Vera vs. Frankie Saenz, UFC Fight Night 148 The UFC has re-booked that the bantamweight bout between Marlon Vera and Frankie Saenz that has been scrapped days before UFC 235 for UFC Fight Night 148, which takes place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tennessee. Vera (12-5-1) is 6-4 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back stoppage wins over Guido Cannetti and Wuliji Buren. Saenz (13-5) is 5-3 at the UFC and defeated Henry Briones and Merab Dvalishvili in his last two bouts by choice. I really don’t see the lineup changing much from where it closed before Saenz got injured. Look for the line to be identical to what it ended it, with Vera as a close 2-to-1 favourite.
Poliana Botelho vs. Lauren Mueller, UFC 236
Because of an arm injury, Paige VanZant is from her women’s flyweight bout against Poliana Botelho in UFC 236 and rather Lauren Mueller is shooting the fight. The card has been set for April 13 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Botelho (7-2) is 2-1 at the UFC but lost by submission to Cynthia Calvillo in her final struggle. Mueller (5-1) is 1-1 at the UFC but has been submitted by Yanan Wu in her last struggle. It is another battle involving two flawed fighters who could go either way, but based on title worth I’d expect Botelho to be favored here.
Greg Hardy vs. Dmitry Smoliakov, UFC on ESPN 3
Controversial heavyweight Greg Hardy will return at UFC on ESPN 3 against Dmitry Smoliakov. The card is set for April 27 in BB&T Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Igor Lazorin broke the information. Hardy (3-1) lost by DQ to Allen Crowder in his UFC debut as a massive favored but had won his three former pro MMA bouts by knockout. Smoliakov (9-2) was finished at bout of his UFC looks before bouncing back with a submission win over the Russian regional scene in January. However, at 36 years of age he does not have any upside and the UFC is bringing him in here to shed. I wouldn’t trust laying the juice Hardy after what occurred in his UFC debut, but I fully expect him to be a monster favorite yet again for this particular fight.
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