UFC Prague (UFC Fight Night 145) is set to take place February 23 at The O2 Arena in the capital city of the Czech Republic. The main event of this card is a light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos and Jan Blachowicz, and the UFC is beginning to fill out the card by announcing all the preliminary bouts. Four brand new prelims have been shown for the card (along with those mention in previous posts here), and here are my thoughts on the newest bouts in the current MMA odds and ends.
Veronica Macedo vs. Gillian Robertson, UFC Fight Night 145
The very first new bout of mention is a women’s flyweight matchup between Veronica Macedo and Gillian Robertson. Nolan King of FloCombat broke the new. Macedo (5-2-1) is 0-2 at the UFC but set up a spirited effort in a decision loss to Andrea Lee that won her a share of”Fight of the evening ” Robertson (5-3) is 2-1 at the UFC, together with all her struggles ending in entry win or lose. Both women are in dire need of a success, and this fight could go either way. I’d slightly lean towards Robertson since she has fought a greater degree of competition, but it is close.
Carlo Pedersoli Jr. vs. Dwight Grant, UFC Fight Night 145
Then We’ve Got a welterweight bout between Carlo Pedersoli Jr. and Dwight Grant. Sherdog broke the news. Pedersoli Jr. (11-2) started his UFC career using a split decision win over Brad Scott but endured a fast KO loss to Alex Oliveira his last time out. Grant (8-2) is coming off of a split decision loss to Zak Ottow in his final fight. Both men have a lot to prove but I believe Pedersoli Jr. is a better fighter according to what we’ve observed in the UFC and Cage Warriors plus I’d favor him .
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu, UFC Fight Night 145
After a few other competitions dropped through, Magomed Ankalaev will go back to the Octagon against UFC newcomer Klidson Farias de Abreu. Ankalaev (9-1) suffered a catastrophic entry loss to Paul Craig in his UFC debut but bounced back well with a TKO win over Marcin Prachnio in his last fight. Abreu (14-2) is riding a six-fight win streak into this contest and 16 of his wins have finished inside the distance. I would not feel comfortable laying huge juice Ankalaev after what happened in the Craig fight, but on paper he must have the benefit in this one. With that said, if Abreu is a massive underdog like Craig was, maybe he is worth taking a flier on.
Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez, UFC Fight Night 145
And finally added to the card is a welterweight connection between Damir Ismagulov and Joel Alvarez. MMADNA broke the news. Ismagulov (17-2) is riding a 12-fight win streak and won a decision over Alex Gorgees in his UFC debut. Alvarez (15-1) is a veteran of the Spanish regional scene and has finished all 15 of the professional victories. Alvarez looks like a good potential but Ismagulov is about a whole other level and I would peg him as a large favorite to win this fight.
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