A number of quality bouts have been 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, occurring June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Combate broke the news. 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 at the UFC and has won all four of his fights since moving up to welterweight. Martin is an excellent fighter and could very well win this fight, but based on Maia’s level of knowledge and the quality of his opposition over the years 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 in the UFC and is coming off of a miracle submission win over Kennedy Nzechukwu. Menifield (8-0) is undefeated as an expert with all his wins coming by stoppage, including a brutal KO over Vinicius Moreira in his UFC debut. You may never completely count Craig outside as he has proven he can come back and win in the struggle by entry, but on paper Menifield is the better athlete and he should be a huge favorite here.
Marlon Vera vs. Sean O’Malley, UFC 239
An exciting 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 off of three straight finishes over Frankie Saenz, Guido Cannetti and Wuliji Buren. O’Malley (10-0) is 2-0 at the UFC but has not competed in over a year because of some USADA suspension. O’Malley is a tremendous young potential but Vera is fighting a high level right now 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 fight at UFC Fight Night 155, taking place July 13 at an unannounced place in Sacramento, California. Combate broke the information. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 from 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 a USADA suspension and in his final fight dropped a split decision to Israel Adesanya. This is a near fight but given how close Vettori was to beating Adesanya, even with the long layoff I’d favor him slightly to get the win 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 from 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 a quality matchup but I’d actually favor Klose because stylistically it’s a great battle for him because he ought to be able to keep it standing and acquire the striking battle.
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