UFC Prague (UFC Fight Night 145) is set to take place February 23 at The O2 Arena at the capital city of the Czech Republic. The main event of the card is that a light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos and Jan Blachowicz, and the UFC is starting 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 new 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 that a women’s flyweight matchup involving 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”Battle of the evening .” Robertson (5-3) is 2-1 in the UFC, with all of her fights end in submission lose or win. Both women are in dire need of a victory, and this battle could go either way. I would slightly lean towards Robertson since she has fought a greater level of competition, but it’s 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 information. Pedersoli Jr. (11-2) started his UFC career with a split decision win over Brad Scott but suffered 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 whole lot to prove but I believe Pedersoli Jr. is a better fighter according to what we’ve seen in the UFC and Cage Warriors plus I’d prefer him .
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu, UFC Fight Night 145
Following a couple other competitions dropped through, Magomed Ankalaev will go back to the Octagon against UFC newcomer Klidson Farias de Abreu. Ankalaev (9-1) endured a devastating submission 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 within the distance. I would not feel comfortable putting enormous juice Ankalaev after what happened in the Craig fight, but on paper that he should have the advantage in this particular one. Having said that, if Abreu is a massive underdog like Craig was, perhaps he is worth taking a flier on.
Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez, UFC Fight Night 145
And added to the card is a welterweight bout between Damir Ismagulov and Joel Alvarez. MMADNA broke the information. 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 completed all 15 of his professional victories. Alvarez resembles a solid 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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