There are a couple new battle rumors to report on in today’s MMA odds and ends, including an interim title fight that’s sure to excite fans. Here are the bouts, Together with my initial thoughts on these:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is going to have a serious principal event. An interim welterweight title bout has been targeted between top conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington is being targeted for the primary event over the previously-announced women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. RDA (29-9) is a perfect 3-0 since moving up to welterweight such as a dominant choice win over Robbie Lawler in his last outing. The former lightweight kingpin will probably be looking to put in a second belt to his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall from the UFC and has won five-straight struggles including a dominant choice on Demian Maia his last time out. This is really a incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I’m expecting tight odds with this particular one, but maybe with a lean towards RDA, who’s more proven at the championship level in the Octagon.
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 129
A welterweight bout featuring Michel Prazeres and Zak Cummings is the Most Recent addition to UFC Fight Night 129, which extends down Saturday, May 19 at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. This bout was supported by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 at the UFC and has won six-straight struggles. He has been an underrated member of the UFC lightweight branch but after multiple failed weight cuts he is being forced to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he is likely to be one of the smallest fighters in the branch. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming from two-straight wins, but he had been recently injured during a bad weight reduction to get a bout against Thiago Alves and will be coming into this bout on a long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ success in the UFC, he is still going to be a very small welterweight and Cummings has shown himself to be a winner in 170lbs. I’d anticipate close odds with this one with perhaps a slight lean towards Cummings, although I’d caution gambling against the underrated Prazeres even with the new weight class.
Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles, UFC Fight Night 129
A lightweight matchup between Felipe Silva and Claudio Puelles has also been added to UFC Fight Night 129. Globo also reported this bout. Silva (8-1) is 1-1 at the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell along with a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He has been inactive in general averaging just one struggle a year but continues to be successful when he does compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 at the UFC, having suffered a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his introduction. But he’s only 21 and ought to continue to enhance. This is a close fight but I’ll go with all the upside and say Puelles ought to be favored because of being 12 years younger, even though he hasn’t tasted victory in the Octagon yet.
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