A number of quality bouts are shown for upcoming UFC cards, and my thoughts on them are under.
Demian Maia vs. Anthony Rocco Martin, UFC on ESPN 3
Standout welterweights Demian Maia and Anthony Rocco Martin will fight at UFC on ESPN 3, occurring June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Combate broke the news. Maia (26-9) is 20-9 from the UFC and is coming off of a submission win over Lyman Good. Martin (16-4) is 8-4 at the UFC and has won four of his fights since moving up to welterweight. Martin is a fantastic fighter and may very well win this battle, but according to Maia’s degree of experience and the quality of his resistance over the years he deserves to be the betting favorite here.
Paul Craig vs. Alonzo Menifield, UFC on ESPN 3
An intriguing light heavyweight bout between Paul Craig and Alonzo Menifield meet at UFC on ESPN 3. Craig (11-3) is 3-3 in the UFC and is coming from a miracle submission win over Kennedy Nzechukwu. Menifield (8-0) is undefeated as a pro with all of his wins coming by stoppage, including a brutal KO over Vinicius Moreira in his UFC debut. You may never completely count Craig outside as he’s proven he can come back and win in the fight by submission, but on paper Menifield is the better athlete and he should be a huge favorite here.
Marlon Vera vs. Sean O’Malley, UFC 239
An exciting bantamweight bout between Marlon Vera and Sean O’Malley is scheduled for UFC 239, taking place June 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani broke the news. Vera (13-5-1) is 7-4 at the UFC and is coming off of three straight finishes over Frankie Saenz, Guido Cannetti and Wuliji Buren. O’Malley (10-0) is 2-0 at the UFC but hasn’t competed in more than a year due to some USADA suspension. O’Malley is a tremendous young potential but Vera is fighting a high level right now and deserves to be the favorite here.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Martin Vettori, UFC Fight Night 155
Middleweights Cezar Ferreira and Marvin Vettori are set to battle at UFC Fight Night 155, occurring July 13 in an unannounced venue in Sacramento, California. Combate broke the information. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 in the UFC and is coming off of an upset decision reduction to Ian Heinisch. Vettori (12-4-1) has not fought in over a year because of a USADA suspension and also in his last struggle dropped a split decision to Israel Adesanya. That is a near fight but given how close Vettori was to beating Adesanya, even with the long layoff I’d favor him slightly to get the win over the aging and chinny Ferreira.
Beneil Dariush vs. Drakkar Klose, UFC on ESPN 3
Lightweights Beneil Dariush and Drakkar Klose will even fulfill at UFC Fight Night 155. Dariush (16-4-1) is 10-4-1 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Drew Dober and Thiago Moises. Klose (10-1-1) is currently 4-1 in the UFC and is coming off of successive wins over Bobby Green and Lando Vannata. This really is a quality matchup but I’d actually favor Klose as stylistically it is a good battle for him as he should be able to keep it standing and also acquire the battle that is spectacular.
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