Posted 2 years ago by Patrick Munuve | posted in Uncategorized | Post RSS 2.0

A pair of high profile bouts from the UFC lightweight and heavyweight divisions have been added to upcoming struggle cards, and I will give my initial thoughts on these brand new matchups in the current MMA odds and ends.
Justin Gaethje vs. Edson Barboza, UFC Fight Night 148
An intriguing lightweight connection between strikers Justin Gaethje and Edson Barboza is being targeted for UFC Fight Night 148, which takes place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Farah Hannoun broke the news, although ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported the fight may occur at UFC Fight Night 149 the next week at Philadelphia. Either way, it looks like this struggle is going to happen, which is good news for MMA fans as it pits two of the most dangerous and fascinating strikers in the lightweight division against each other.
Gaethje (19-2) is 2-2 so much in the UFC but has become a household name to MMA fans due to his ability to put on an remarkable show. He has already racked up five bonus awards, including three”Fight of the Night” awards along with two”Performance of the Night” awards, including a bonus for his KO over James Vick last August. He has been prone to being knocked out in the UFC because he lost to Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez, however because he showed against Vick and Michael Johnson, he has incredible knockout power himself. Barboza (20-6) is 14-6 overall in the UFC and in his last fight he put about the 2018″Beatdown of the Year” because of his brutal TKO win over Dan Hooker. Barboza is known for his deadly leg kicks and amazing knockout energy, but like Gaethje he’s been prone to the knockout too.
This looks to be an amazing fight on newspaper, and also the fact it’s place for five rounds is just tremendous. Both men are terrific fighters and I’m expecting a close gaming lineup. Now, it seems like near a Select Celtics struggle, but thinking about how good Barboza appeared in his last fight he may get more assistance from bettors because of recency bias.
Curtis Blaydes vs. Justin Willis, UFC Fight Night 148
A heavyweight matchup between Curtis Blaydes and Justin Willis can also be set for UFC Fight Night 148. FloCombat’s Nolan King broke the news. Blaydes (10-2, 1 NC) is 5-2, 1 NC in the UFC and in his final fight suffered a brutal knockout loss to Francis Ngannou. He had won four consecutive fights before that, though, like a TKO over Alistair Overeem, and could easily get back into the heavyweight title talks with another few wins. Willis (8-1) is 4-0 at the UFC and in his last fight picked up the biggest win of his career to date over Mark Hunt. The issue with Willis has been that he hasn’t shown off considerably completing ability from the UFC, and his wrestling is very likely to be negated in this matchup against Blaydes. It’s heavyweight so you can’t ever count out anyone, but on paper this seems like Blaydes’ fight to win and I expect him to be a solid favorite as soon as the chances come out.
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