A few new bouts are revealed for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards, and they are listed below along with my first thoughts on them.
Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz 3, UFC Fight Night 151
In a trilogy fight, Charles Oliveira matches Nik Lentz in 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 very first meeting after Oliveira landed an illegal knee that caused the finish, and then a submission win for Oliveira in the rematch. They compete to get a third and final time. Oliveira (26-8, 1 NC) is 14-8, 1 NC overall in the UFC and has won four straight fights, all by entry. He holds the record for the most submissions in UFC history, with 13. Lentz (30-9-2, 1 NC) is 14-6-1, 1 NC in 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 mixed martial artist. Given that Oliveira has beaten Lentz by submission and is as hot as any lightweight on earth at this time, he should be a big favorite to win against the trilogy struggle, 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, taking place June 22 at 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 complete 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 including a tapout over Rachael Ostovich. Eight of her 10 career wins have actually come by entry, making her one of the very dangerous flyweight prospects in the UFC at this time. These are two of the best prospects at 125lbs, but the fact De La Rosa is completing all her fights need to make her the gambling favorite going into it.
Jordan Griffin vs. Chas Skelly, UFC on ESPN 4
Featherweights Jordan Griffin and Chas Skelly are set to meet 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 triumph on Dana White’s Contender Series that initially got him into the UFC. The fact Ige just ruined Danny Henry makes Griffin’s close decision loss look somewhat better, but he definitely needs to beat Skelly here and get started building a new win streak if he would like to become a featherweight competition from the UFC. Skelly (17-4) has a winning record of 7-4 in the UFC but is coming off of 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 rebound here against Griffin. This ought to be a competitive struggle, but it may be a fantastic spot to fade Skelly and take Griffin if he’s available at dog cash.
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