A few new bouts are revealed for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards, and they’re listed below along with my first ideas on them.
Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz 3, UFC Fight Night 151
In a trilogy struggle, Charles Oliveira matches Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 151, set for May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. These two have met previously, using a No Contest in their very first meeting after Oliveira landed an illegal knee that led to the finish, and after that a submission win for Oliveira in the rematch. They compete for a third and presumably final time. Oliveira (26-8, 1 NC) is 14-8, 1 NC overall in the UFC and has won four consecutive fights, all by submission. He holds the record for the most admissions in UFC history, together with 13. Lentz (30-9-2, 1 NC) is currently 14-6-1, 1 NC in the UFC and has won back-to-back conflicts over Scott Holtzman and Gray Maynard and has evolved by a grinding wrestling to a yearlong mixed martial artist. Given that Oliveira has beaten Lentz by submission and is as hot as any lightweight in the world right now, he must be a big preferred to win the trilogy fight, though I wouldn’t completely count Lentz out.
Andrea Lee vs. Montana De La Rosa, UFC Fight Night 153
Women’s flyweights Andrea Lee and Montana De La Rosa will fulfill at UFC Fight Night 153, occurring June 22 in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Nolan King of all FloCombat broke the news. Lee (10-2) is currently 2-0 in the UFC and is riding an impressive six-fight win series overall with back-to-back wins over Ashlee Evans-Smith and Veronica Macedo. De La Rosa (10-4) is 3-0 in the UFC with three wins by submission including a tapout over Rachael Ostovich. Eight of her 10 career wins have actually come by entry, making her one of the most dangerous flyweight prospects in the UFC right now. These are a couple of the best prospects at 125lbs, but the fact De La Rosa is finishing all of her struggles need to make her the betting favorite going into it.
Jordan Griffin vs. Chas Skelly, UFC on ESPN 4
Featherweights Jordan Griffin and Chas Skelly are set to meet at UFC on ESPN 4, taking place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Griffin (17-6) lost a decision to Dan Ige in his UFC debut that snapped his four-fight win series, which included a win on Dana White’s Contender Series that initially got him to the UFC. Actually Ige just destroyed Danny Henry makes Griffin’s close decision loss look a little better, however, he definitely needs to beat Skelly here and get started building a new win streak if he would like to be a featherweight contender in the UFC. Skelly (17-4) has a winning record of 7-4 in the UFC but is coming from back-to-back stoppage declines to Bobby Moffett and Jason Knight. At one point in time he seemed like a featherweight on the rise, but his last few performances were weak and he wants to rally against Griffin. This should be a competitive fight, but it may be a good spot to fade Skelly and choose Griffin if he’s available at dog cash.
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