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The UFC is headed back to the City of Brotherly Love later this month, and a couple fights have been added on short notice. UFC on ESPN two happens March 30 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along with my initial thoughts on those new bouts are under.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN 2 Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to clash at UFC on ESPN 2 in what should be a fun battle for the fans. The Philly Voice broke news. Holland (13-4) dropped a decision to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. In general, he has won five of his last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is 4-2 in the UFC but is coming off of a submission loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are extremely underrated and exciting fighters in middleweight, but awarded Holland’s childhood and physiological benefits in this fight, I’d make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN two Because of an injury to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg currently meets short-notice replacement competitor Kyler Phillips at a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall in the UFC but has not fought since a submission reduction to Demetrious Johnson in October 2017. He’s dealt with a great deal in his young career and he could put the past behind him. Phillips (6-1) is making his UFC debut after picking up a head kick KO in LFA just a few weeks ago. He is a veteran of the Contender Series and looks like quite a promising prospect, however, he lacks the UFC experience that Borg has. I believe Phillips has a opportunity to win this fight, however you still have to prefer Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN two Moving up from flyweight to bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he will take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC fights before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his last outing. Prior to that, he had been riding an eight-fight win streak. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 at the UFC and his spouse Montana de la Rosa is having a lot of success in the Octagon, but the fact he fought in a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was troubling. Like many bantamweight bouts, this should be competitive, but I’d still prefer Perez to receive his hand raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Because of accidents Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their first rivals John Makdessi and Jesus Pinedo will fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both men are lightweights who only lost their competitions, this is the best way to keep both guys on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is on a seven-fight win series and beat Devin Powell by decision in his UFC debut. Makdessi has a whole lot of experience from the Octagon but Pinedo is just 22-years-old and looks like a fantastic prospect. I’d expect a close line here but awarded Pinedo’s youth and upside down he’s most likely the play in this .
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