UFC PHILADELPHIA ADDS KEVIN HOLLAND VS. GERALD MEERSCHAERT
The UFC is led back to the City of Brotherly Love after this month, and a couple fights are inserted on short notice. UFC on ESPN 2 happens March 30 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my initial thoughts on these new bouts are under.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN 2 Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to clash at UFC on ESPN two in what should be a fun fight for the fans. The Philly Voice broke news. Holland (13-4) fell a decision to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. Overall, he has won five of his last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is currently 4-2 in the UFC but is coming from a entry loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are extremely underrated and exciting fighters in middleweight, but given Holland’s childhood and physical advantages in this fight, I would make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN two Due to an injury to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg currently meets short-notice replacement opponent Kyler Phillips in a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall from the UFC but hasn’t fought since a submission loss to Demetrious Johnson at October 2017. He’s dealt with a great deal in his young career and hopefully he could put the past behind him. Phillips (6-1) is making his UFC debut after picking up a head kick KO in LFA only a few weeks ago. He’s a veteran of the Contender Series and looks like quite a promising prospect, however, he lacks the UFC experience that Borg has. I think Phillips has a opportunity to win this fight, however you still have to prefer Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN two Moving upward from flyweight into bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he’ll take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC battles before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his last outing. Prior to that, he had been riding an eight-fight win streak. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 in the UFC and his wife Montana de la Rosa is having a great deal of success in the Octagon, but the fact he struggled in a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was troubling. Like many bantamweight bouts, this should be aggressive, but I’d still favor Perez to receive his hands raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Because of injuries to Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their original rivals John Makdessi and Jesus Pinedo will now fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both guys are lightweights who only lost their opponents, this is the best way to keep both guys on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is on a seven-fight win series and conquer Devin Powell by decision within his UFC debut. Makdessi has a ton of experience in the Octagon but Pinedo is just 22-years-old and looks like a great prospect. I would anticipate a close lineup here but awarded Pinedo’s childhood and upside down he’s probably the play in this one.
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