MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: UFC RETURNS TO PHILADELPHIA
The UFC is returning to”The City of Brotherly Love” and a couple of fights have been declared for the function. Those struggles, and a couple other newly-revealed UFC bouts in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Polyana Viana vs. Hannah Cifer, UFC 235
Strawweights Polyana Viana and Hannah Cifers will fulfill at UFC 235, taking place March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. ESPN broke the news. Viana (10-2) is 1-1 so much in the UFC and was lately in the information after quitting an attempted robbery. Cifers (8-3) is 0-1 so far in the UFC but put up a spirited attempt against Maycee Barber. Depending on the hype, I would anticipate Viana to be preferred here, however I would not sleep Cifers.
Tim Boetsch vs. Omari Akhmedov, UFC Fight Night 146
A middleweight bout between Tim Boetsch and Omari Akhmedov is set for UFC Fight Night 146, occurring March 9 in Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Boetsch (21-12) is 13-11 at the UFC all-time and is coming from a submission loss to Antonio Carlos Junior. Akhmedov (17-4-1) is 5-3-1 in the UFC and many recently battled to a draw against Marvin Vettori. This looks like a pretty competitive fight but I’m expecting most bettors will want to fade Boetsch here since they always seem to, resulting in Akhmedov being the favored.
Anthony Rocco Martin vs. Sergio Moraes, UFC Fight Night 146
A welterweight bout between Anthony Rocco Martin and Sergio Moraes is also place for UFC Fight Night 146. Martin (15-4) is 3-0 since moving up to welterweight and completed Jake Matthews in his final outing. Moraes (14-3-1) is 8-2-1 overall from the UFC and is one of the most underrated welterweights from the division. But he is also getting up there in age, and at some point he is going to slow down. This should be a fantastic battle but I lean towards the younger and vastly-improved Martin getting his hand raised.
Michelle Waterson vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz, UFC on ESPN 2 The UFC will return to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 30 at Wells Farco Center with UFC on ESPN 2. The very first fight announced is that a women’s strawweight bout between contenders Michelle Waterson and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, which Brett Okamoto shown. Waterson (16-6) is 4-2 in the UFC and recently defeated Felice Herrig by decision. Kowalkiewicz (12-3) is 5-3 overall in the UFC but has been pumped out by Jessica Andrade in her last outing. Tough fight to call here, but given how barbarous Kowalkiewiz was knocked out in her last fight I believe bettors will look to fade her in this spot.
Alexa Grasso vs. Marina Rodriguez, UFC on ESPN 2 Also aded to UFC on ESPN 2 is a women’s strawweight bout between Alexa Grasso and Marina Rodriguez. Grasso (10-2) is only 2-2 in the UFC and was filed by Tatiana Suarez in her last outing. Rodriguez (10-0-1) fought to a draw with Randa Markos within her UFC debut. While I think Grasso is going to be the favorite here because she’s more of a known commodity, I will be taking a long look at Rodriguez. I only feel like Grasso is overrated and we may have the ability to get a good line on Rodriguez here.
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