There are a few new battle rumors to report on in today’s MMA odds and ends, such as an interim title fight that is sure to excite fans. Here are the sin, 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 have a serious main event. An interim welterweight title bout is being targeted between leading conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington has been targeted for the primary event over the previously-announced women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. RDA (29-9) is a perfect 3-0 since moving up to welterweight such as a dominant choice win over Robbie Lawler in his last outing. The prior lightweight kingpin will probably be looking 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 choice on Demian Maia his out time. This is a truly incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I’m expecting tight odds with this particular one, but maybe with a lean towards RDA, who’s more proven at the tournament level in 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 at 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 has been an underrated member of the UFC lightweight division but after several failed weight cuts he’s being made to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he is likely to be one of the tiniest fighters in the branch. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming off of two-straight wins, but he was recently injured through a bad weight reduction for a bout against Thiago Alves and will be coming to this bout on a long layoff. Despite Prazeres‘ victory from the UFC, he is still going to be a very small welterweight and Cummings has proven himself to be a winner at 170lbs. I would anticipate close chances for this one with perhaps a little lean towards Cummings, although I would caution gambling from the underrated Prazeres despite all the new weight class.
Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles, UFC Fight Night 129
A lightweight matchup involving Felipe Silva and Claudio Puelles has also been added to UFC Fight Night 129. Globo also reported that this tact. Silva (8-1) is currently 1-1 at the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell and a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He has been inactive in overall averaging only one struggle a year but has been successful when he can compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 at the UFC, having endured a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his debut. But he’s only 21 and ought to continue to enhance. This is a close fight but I will go with all the upside and say that Puelles should be preferred because of being 12 years younger, even if he hasn’t tasted victory in the Octagon yet.
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