A few new bouts are shown for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards, and they’re listed below along with my first thoughts on them.
Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz 3, UFC Fight Night 151
At a trilogy struggle, Charles Oliveira meets Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 151, set for May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. These two have met previously, with a No Contest in their first meeting after Oliveira landed an illegal knee that caused the conclusion, and after that a submission win for Oliveira from the rematch. They compete for a third and final moment. Oliveira (26-8, 1 NC) is 14-8, 1 NC overall from the UFC and has won four straight fights, all by entry. He holds the record for the most admissions in UFC history, with 13. Lentz (30-9-2, 1 NC) is currently 14-6-1, 1 NC in the UFC and has won 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 on earth at this time, he must be a sizeable preferred to win against the trilogy fight, though I would not 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, taking place June 22 in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Nolan King of FloCombat broke the news. Lee (10-2) is 2-0 in 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 submission such as a tapout over Rachael Ostovich. Eight of her 10 career wins have really come by entry, making her one of the very dangerous flyweight prospects in the UFC at this time. These are two of the greatest prospects at 125lbs, but the fact De La Rosa is completing all of her fights should make her the gambling favorite heading 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 within his UFC debut that snapped his four-fight win series, which included a win on Dana White’s Contender Series that initially got him into the UFC. The fact Ige simply ruined Danny Henry makes Griffin’s close decision loss seem somewhat better, however, he certainly needs to conquer Skelly here and get started constructing a new win streak if he wants to be a featherweight competition in the UFC. Skelly (17-4) has a winning record of 7-4 in the UFC but is coming off of back-to-back stoppage declines to Bobby Moffett and Jason Knight. At one time he seemed like a featherweight on the rise, but his last few performances were so poor and he wants to rally against Griffin. This ought to be a competitive struggle, but it may be a good spot to fade Skelly and take Griffin if he is accessible pet cash.
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