UFC Prague (UFC Fight Night 145) is set to take place February 23 in The O2 Arena in the capital city of the Czech Republic. The main event of the card is a light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos and Jan Blachowicz, and the UFC is beginning to fill the card out by announcing all the preliminary bouts. Four brand new prelims are shown for the card (along with those mention in previous posts here), and here are my thoughts on the newest bouts in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Veronica Macedo vs. Gillian Robertson, UFC Fight Night 145
The first new bout of course is that a women’s flyweight matchup involving Veronica Macedo and Gillian Robertson. Nolan King of FloCombat broke the brand new. Macedo (5-2-1) is 0-2 at the UFC but put up a spirited effort in a decision loss to Andrea Lee that won her a share of”Battle of the Night.” Robertson (5-3) is 2-1 in the UFC, together with all of her struggles end in entry win or lose. Both girls are in desperate need of a victory, and this battle could go either way. I would slightly lean towards Robertson because she’s fought a greater degree of competition, but it’s close.
Carlo Pedersoli Jr. vs. Dwight Grant, UFC Fight Night 145
Then we have a welterweight bout between Carlo Pedersoli Jr. and Dwight Grant. Sherdog broke the information. Pedersoli Jr. (11-2) opened his UFC career using a split decision win over Brad Scott but endured a fast KO loss to Alex Oliveira his last time out. Grant (8-2) is coming from a split decision loss to Zak Ottow in his last fight. Both men have a whole lot to prove but I believe Pedersoli Jr. is a much better fighter based on what we’ve observed in the UFC and Cage Warriors and I’d prefer him here.
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu, UFC Fight Night 145
Following a couple other opponents fell through, Magomed Ankalaev will go back to the Octagon from UFC newcomer Klidson Farias de Abreu. Ankalaev (9-1) suffered a catastrophic submission reduction to Paul Craig in his UFC debut but bounced back well with a TKO win over Marcin Prachnio in his final struggle. Abreu (14-2) is riding a six-fight win streak into this competition and all 16 of his wins have finished within the space. I would not feel comfortable putting enormous juice on Ankalaev after what happened in the Craig struggle, but on paper that he must have the advantage in this particular one. Having said that, if Abreu is a massive underdog like Craig was, maybe he could be worth taking a flier on.
Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez, UFC Fight Night 145
And added to the card is a welterweight connection between Damir Ismagulov and Joel Alvarez. MMADNA broke the news. 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 it has completed all 15 of the professional victories. Alvarez resembles a good prospect but Ismagulov is about a whole other level and I would peg him as a big favorite to win this fight.
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