The UFC is led back into the City of Brotherly Love later this month, and a couple fights have been added on short notice. UFC on ESPN 2 takes place March 30 in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my initial thoughts on those new bouts are below.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN 2 Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to battle at UFC on ESPN two in what ought to be a fun fight for the fans. The Philly Voice broke the news. Holland (13-4) fell a choice to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. In general, he has won five of the last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is 4-2 at the UFC but is coming from a submission loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are extremely underrated and exciting fighters at middleweight, but given Holland’s youth and physical benefits in this fight, I’d make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN 2 Because of an accident to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg now meets short-notice replacement opponent Kyler Phillips at a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall from the UFC but has not fought as a submission loss to Demetrious Johnson at October 2017. He has dealt with a great deal in his young career and he can 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 a very promising prospect, but he lacks the UFC experience that Borg has. I believe Phillips has a chance to win this fight, however you still must prefer Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN two Moving upward from flyweight to bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he will take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC fights before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his last outing. Prior to this, he had been riding an eight-fight win streak. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 at the UFC and his wife Montana de la Rosa is having a great deal of success from the Octagon, but the fact he struggled in a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was bothering. Like many bantamweight bouts, this should be aggressive, but I would still favor Perez to get his hands raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Because of accidents 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 at Bridgestone Arena at Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both guys are lightweights who only lost their competitions, this is the way to maintain both guys on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is really on a seven-fight win streak and beat Devin Powell by choice in his UFC debut. Makdessi includes a ton of experience from the Octagon however Pinedo is just 22-years-old and looks like a fantastic prospect. I would expect a close line here but awarded Pinedo’s youth and upside he is most likely the play in this .
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