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A pair of forthcoming fight cards have obtained upgrades to them, and I will offer my thoughts on the new bouts in the current MMA odds and ends.
Chance Rencountre vs. Kyle Stewart, UFC on ESPN+ 1 (UFC Fight Night 143)
We hopefully have the previous fight card update for the UFC on ESPN+ one card this weekend, taking place Saturday in Barclays Center at Brooklyn, New York. Chance Rencountre eventually has his opponent as he will take on Octagon newcomer Kyle Stewart at a lightweight bout on the card. ESPN first broke news. Rencountre’s unique opponent Randy Brown was pulled from the card due to a rumored USADA flagging, while Dwight Grant wasn’t cleared to fight because of an eye injury. Rencountre (12-3) lost a decision to Belal Muhammad in his UFC debut but’d won four straight bouts prior to it. Stewart (11-1) has only lost once in his career, to top LFA prospect James Nakashima, and in his last bout defeated Braden Smith by decision. I think most will seem to fade Rencountre inside this area, and that I expect Stewart to actually be a small favourite here despite making his UFC debut on short notice.
Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Rosa, UFC 234
Lightweight Lando Vannata lately reupped a fresh four-fight contract with the UFC, and that he returns to fight Octagon newcomer Marcos Rosa in UFC 234, occurring February 10 in Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. ESPN broke the information. Vannata (9-3-2) only has a 1-3-2 album from the UFC, but nearly every one of his fights has been exciting which is why the UFC decided to bring him back. He is coming off of a draw against Matt Frevola, and has not actually won a fight as a KO win over John Makdessi in December 2016. Rosa (6-4) is a veteran of the Brazilian regional circuit and has really won three of his final four bouts by stoppage. Ultimately it feels like the UFC has booked Vannata a winnable struggle, and I expect him to be a big favorite to get his hands raised.
Dong Hyun Ma vs. Devonte Smith, UFC 234
And lastly, Dong Hyun Ma (formerly known as”the other” Dong Yun Kim) will return at UFC 234 if he takes on Devonte Smith in what ought to be an action-packed lightweight bout. Ma (16-8-3) is 3-2 overall in the UFC and is currently riding a three-fight win streak including a notable TKO win over Takanori Gomi and a decision win over Damien Brown. Smith (9-1) is 1-0 so much in the UFC with a ridiculous KO win over Julian Erosa. He’s won his last five fights, and all nine of his ace wins have come by stoppage, together with his lone defeat a TKO loss to John Gunther. I very much like watching Ma fight and I have to give the UFC matchmakers props for booking what is sure to be a thrilling fight. But I am quite high on Smith and I think he is going to come back in here and end Ma’s win series. Start looking for Smith to be the preferred from the sportsbooks following his flashy UFC debut.
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