On Wednesday, the UFC held a press conference for its upcoming UFC Fight Night 147 card, which takes place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. A range of bouts have previously been shown for this card, including the main event between Darren Until and Jorge Masvidal and the co-main occasion between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson, also at the press conference the UFC revealed the newest batch of preliminary bouts.
Joseph Duffy vs. Marc Diakese, UFC Fight Night 147
Lightweights Joseph Duffy and Marc Diakese meet in what should be an exciting bout between two strikers. NewsomeMMA first reported the news that Diakese is filling in for the injured Stevie Ray. Duffy (16-3) is 4-2 in the UFC but hasn’t fought as a 2017 KO loss to James Vick. He’s among the few men to conquer Conor McGregor. Diakese (12-3) is 2-3 at the UFC but those 3 losses came in his last few outings. The UFC is providing Duffy a winnable battle here against a very beatable opponent in Diakese, and I fully anticipate Duffy to open as a sizable favored.
Nathaniel Wood vs. Jose Quinonez, UFC Fight Night 147
Growing bantamweight celebrity Nathaniel Wood will aim to keep his win streak when he takes on Jose Quinonez. Wood (15-3) is on a seven-fight win series complete with entry wins at the UFC over Johnny Eduardo and Andre Ewell. Quinonez (7-2) is 4-1 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Teruto Ishihara. I know Quinonez is about a nice win streak but to me this is a big mismatch and it looks like a battle that the UFC reserved in order to get Wood an impressive win in the front of the English fans.
Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige, UFC Fight Night 147
Featherweights Danny Henry and Dan Ige will fulfill with this card. Henry (12-2) is really on a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 at the UFC with a submission win over Hakeem Dawodu in his last outing. Ige (10-2) is 3-1 in the UFC and defeated Jordan Griffin via decision in his last bout. Though Ige has been strong in the UFC, I think Henry has the higher ceiling and I would tend to favor him here.
Nad Narimani vs. Mike Grundy, UFC Fight Night 147
Top featherweight prospect Nad Narimani returns this even when he chooses on UFC newcomer Mike Grundy. Narimani (12-2) is on a five-fight win series and is 2-0 thus far in the UFC. Grundy (11-1) is a veteran of ACB and is riding an eight-fight win streak into this event. Grundy has a remarkable record but given the level of competition I would have to favor Narimani here.
Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi, UFC Fight Night 147
And lastly, there is an intriguing featherweight bout between Arnold Allen and Jordan Rinaldi. Allen (13-1) is 4-0 at the UFC and is riding a six-fight winning series in general. However, he has been frequently injured and usually fights just once a year. Rinaldi (14-6) is currently 2-2 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Jason Knight. Though Allen is coming from a very long layoff I would still need to prefer him very heavily to conquer Rinaldi.
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