The UFC is headed back to the City of Brotherly Love after this month, and a few fights are inserted on short notice. UFC on ESPN 2 happens March 30 in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my first thoughts on those new bouts are under.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN two Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to clash at UFC on ESPN 2 in what ought to be an enjoyable fight for the fans. The Philly Voice broke news. Holland (13-4) fell a decision to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. Overall, he’s won five of the last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is currently 4-2 at the UFC but is coming from a submission loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are extremely underrated and exciting fighters at middleweight, but awarded Holland’s childhood and physical benefits in this particular fight, I’d make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN 2 Due to an accident to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg now meets short-notice replacement opponent Kyler Phillips at a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall from the UFC but has not fought since a submission reduction to Demetrious Johnson in October 2017. He’s dealt with a lot in his young career and he could put the past behind him. Phillips (6-1) is making his UFC debut after picking up a head kick KO in LFA just a few weeks ago. He is a veteran of the Contender Series and looks like a very promising prospect, however, he lacks the UFC encounter that Borg has. I believe Phillips has a chance to win this fight, however you still must prefer Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN two Moving upward from flyweight to bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he’ll take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC battles before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his final outing. Prior to that, he was riding an eight-fight win series. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 in the UFC and his spouse Montana de la Rosa is getting a lot of success from the Octagon, but the fact he struggled at a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was troubling. Like many bantamweight bouts, this should be aggressive, but I would still favor Perez to receive his hand raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Due to injuries to Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their original opponents John Makdessi and Jesus Pinedo will fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both guys are lightweights who only lost their competitions, this was the way to maintain both guys on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 at the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is on a seven-fight win streak and beat Devin Powell by choice in his UFC debut. Makdessi includes a ton of experience from the Octagon but Pinedo is only 22-years-old and seems like a great prospect. I would expect a close line here but given Pinedo’s childhood and upside down he’s probably the play in this .
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