There are a few new battle rumors to report on in the current MMA odds and ends, such as an interim title combat that is sure to excite fans. Here are the bouts, Together with my first thoughts on these:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is going to get a significant main event. An interim welterweight title bout has been targeted between leading conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington has been targeted for the main event over the previously-announced women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. RDA (29-9) is an ideal 3-0 since moving up to welterweight such as a dominant choice win over Robbie Lawler in his final outing. The prior lightweight kingpin will probably be seeking to add a second belt to his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall in the UFC and has won five-straight struggles including a dominant decision over Demian Maia his out time. This is really a incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I’m expecting tight odds for this one, but perhaps with a lean towards RDA, who’s more proven at the tournament level from the Octagon.
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 129
A welterweight bout featuring Michel Prazeres and Zak Cummings is the latest addition to UFC Fight Night 129, which extends down Saturday, May 19 in Movistar Arena at Santiago, Chile. This bout was supported by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 in the UFC and has won six-straight struggles. He’s been an underrated member of the UFC lightweight branch but after several failed weight cuts he is being made to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he is likely to be among the tiniest fighters in the branch. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming from two-straight wins, but he was recently injured during a lousy weight cut to get a bout against Thiago Alves and will be coming to this bout on a long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ victory in the UFC, he is going to be a really small welterweight and Cummings has shown himself to be a winner in 170lbs. I would anticipate close odds with this one with perhaps a little lean towards Cummings, though I would caution gambling from the underrated Prazeres even with the new weight class.
Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles, UFC Fight Night 129
A lightweight matchup between Felipe Silva and Claudio Puelles has also been added to UFC Fight Night 129. Globo also reported this bout. Silva (8-1) is currently 1-1 in the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell along with a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He’s been inactive in overall averaging only one fight annually but continues to be successful when he can compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 in the UFC, having suffered a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his introduction. But he is only 21 and should continue to enhance. That is a close fight but I’ll go with the upside and say Puelles ought to be preferred due to being 12 years younger, even if he hasn’t tasted victory in the Octagon yet.
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