A couple new bouts have been revealed for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards, and they are listed below along with my initial ideas on them.
Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz 3, UFC Fight Night 151
At 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 first meeting after Oliveira landed an illegal knee that caused the finish, and then a submission win for Oliveira in the rematch. They compete for a third and presumably final moment. Oliveira (26-8, 1 NC) is 14-8, 1 NC total in the UFC and has won four straight fights, all by submission. He holds the record for the most admissions in UFC history, with 13. Lentz (30-9-2, 1 NC) is 14-6-1, 1 NC from the UFC and has won back-to-back fights over Scott Holtzman and Gray Maynard and has evolved by a grinding wrestling into a well-rounded combined martial artist. Given that Oliveira has beaten Lentz by entry and is as sexy as any lightweight in the world at this time, he must be a big favorite to win the trilogy fight, although I wouldn’t fully 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 FloCombat broke the information. Lee (10-2) is currently 2-0 at the UFC and is riding an impressive six-fight win streak 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 entry such as a tapout over Rachael Ostovich. Eight of her 10 career wins have really come by submission, making her among the most dangerous flyweight prospects in the UFC at this time. These are a couple of the greatest prospects in 125lbs, but the fact De La Rosa is finishing all her fights should make her the betting favorite heading into it.
Jordan Griffin vs. Chas Skelly, UFC on ESPN 4
Featherweights Jordan Griffin and Chas Skelly are set to match at UFC on ESPN 4, taking place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Griffin (17-6) chose to Dan Ige within his UFC debut that snapped his four-fight win streak, which included a win on Dana White’s Contender Series that initially got him into the UFC. Actually Ige just destroyed Danny Henry makes Griffin’s close decision loss look somewhat better, but he certainly needs to conquer Skelly here and start building a new win streak if he would like to be a featherweight competition from the UFC. Skelly (17-4) has a winning record of 7-4 in the UFC but is coming from back-to-back stoppage losses to Bobby Moffett and Jason Knight. At one point in time he looked like a featherweight on the rise, but his last few performances were poor and he wants to rally against Griffin. This ought to be a competitive fight, but it could be a fantastic spot to fade Skelly and choose Griffin if he’s available at pet cash.
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