The UFC recently declared its return to Sacramento, California, set for July 13 in Golden 1 Center. Quite a few fresh bouts have been added to the card, and my initial thoughts on these are under.
Nicco Montano vs. Sara McMann, UFC Fight Night 155
Former UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano will go back to the Octagon as she moves up to the bantamweight division when she takes on Sara McMann. Montano (4-2) won TUF 26 with a choice win over Roxanne Modafferi back in December 2017 but has not competed since then due to some USADA violation and numerous issues making weight. She ran through the competition on TUF, but so far has not done anything in the UFC. Perhaps moving up in fat will help her out, but it’s hard to say at this point. McMann (11-5) 5-5 general from the UFC and has not won a fight as a 2017 submission win over Gina Mazany. Ever since that time she’s dropped back-to-back entry defeats to Ketlen Vieira and Marion Reneau and looks like a shell of her former self. This is good matchmaking here and also an intriguing fashion matchup, but with bettors definitely seeking to fade McMann I’d anticipate Montano to be a small favorite in this one.
Ryan Hall vs. Darren Elkins, UFC 155
Featherweights Ryan Hall and Darren Elkins are place to battle. Hall (7-1) won TUF 22 and has since moved 3-0 in the UFC with wins over Artem Lobov, Gray Maynard, and in his last outing, a beautiful heel hook entry win over BJ Penn.. He barely struggles, but when he does he has showed some fantastic potential. Elkins (24-7) is 14-6 overall in the UFC but has lost back-to-back fights to Ricardo Lamas and Alexander Volkanovski. Still, he is one of the toughest fighters at 145lbs there’s. Although Hall is an excellent grappler, Elkins ought to have the ability to neutralize himand given all of his achievement in the UFC he must be the favorite in this struggle.
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Livia Renata Souza, UFC 155
An intriguing women’s strawweight bout between Cynthia Calvillo and Livia Renata Souza can also be set for this card. Calvillo (8-1) is 5-1 in the UFC and has won back conflicts over Poliana Botelho and Cortney Casey because her lone career reduction to Carla Esparza. Souza (13-1) is currently riding a four-fight win streak and has won both of her UFC bouts over Alex Chambers and Sarah Frota. This is a great fight between two of their best strawweights on the planet. If I had to guess, Calvillo will be a tiny favorite due to having more UFC experience along with a bigger name, but Souza absolutely is a live puppy to win this fight.
UFC 155 vs. Martin Day, benito Lopez And lastly, bantamweight prospects Benito Lopez and Martin Day are set to clash. Lopez (9-1) is currently 1-1 in the UFC with a decision win over Albert Morales along with a entry loss to Manny Bermudez in his final outing, the first loss of his MMA career. Still, he’s only 25 and stays a top prospect in 135lbs. Day (8-3) dropped a split decision to Pingyuan Liu in his UFC debut this past year. Although Day is a good fighter, Lopez has much more upside and ought to be the preferred here.
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