The UFC is planning on reserving an intriguing lightweight connection between top-15 wrestlers. My ideas on that brand new matchup plus a couple new spells inserted to Nashville in the current MMA odds and ends.
Kevin Lee vs. Gregor Gillespie, May UFC Event
The UFC is targeting a lightweight bout between Kevin Lee and Gregor Gillespie to headline a yet-to-be-announced event in May, according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. The fight isn’t finalized yet but is very likely to be made soon. Lee (17-4) is 10-4 in the UFC and in his last fight lost a five-round choice to Al Iaquinta. Before the Iaquinta reduction, Lee had set to a beatdown on Edson Barboza and despite a entry loss to Tony Ferguson earlier he remains one of the best lightweights in the game now. Gillespie (13-0) is a perfect 6-0 at the UFC and in his final fight picked up a TKO win over Yancy Medeiros. Lee is one of those top-ranked lightweights from the UFC and is really the younger fighter in this matchup, but I truly think in Gillespie and believe he has the potential to be a winner in this sport. It’s likely to become a hard-fought fight, but one I think Gillespie can win. I am curious to find out what the gambling line is going to be with this one, but when Gillespie is a puppy there would definitely be value betting on him plus money.
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
A fun lightweight bout between Chris Gruetzemacher and Jesus Pinedo will take place at UFC Fight Night 148, set for March 23 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Gruetzemacher (12-4) is currently 2-2 in the UFC and is coming from a barbarous TKO win over Joe Lauzon. Pinedo (16-4-1) is riding a seven-fight win series and defeated Devin Powell by conclusion in his UFC debut. Pinedo is a very nice potential but Gruetzemacher has significantly more expertise against a high level of competition and based on the triumph over Lauzon he needs to be slightly favored here.
Eric Shelton vs. Jordan Espinosa, UFC Fight Night 148
An uncommon flyweight bout between Eric Shelton and also Jordan Espinosa is set for UFC Fight Night 148. Shelton (12-5) is 2-3 at the UFC and is coming off of a split decision win over Joseph Morales. Espinosa (13-5, 1 NC) is riding a four-fight win streak including a knockout win in Dana White’s Contender Series past summer. Shelton has not been anything special from the UFC while Espinosa looks like he has some solid potential. I’d expect a snug line here, with a little lean to the dynamic Espinosa.
Chris Gutierrez vs. Ryan MacDonald, UFC Fight Night 148
Additionally at UFC Fight Night 148, bantamweight Chris Gutierrez will fulfill short-notice replacement Ryan MacDonald. Gutierrez (12-4-1) is coming off of a submission loss to Raoni Barcelos in his UFC debut but’d won three consecutive fights prior to that. MacDonald (10-0) is an undefeated prospect who is coming from a submission win in LFA. He’s carrying the fight on short notice for a wounded Martin Day. This should be a competitive struggle but despite the short notice, the simple fact that MacDonald hasn’t dropped could make him a little betting popular at available here.
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