The UFC continued their recent series of struggle announcements late into the week, and also the newly-revealed bouts are recorded below in the MMA odds and ends.
UFC Fight Night 147 vs. Nick Negumereanu, saparbek Safarov Due to an accident to Gokhan Saki, light heavyweight Saparbek Safarov will take on Octagon newcomer Nick Negumereanu in UFC Fight Night 147, set for March 16 in The O2 Arena in London, England. The information was broken by nolan King of FloCombat. Safarov (8-2) has been completed by Gian Villante and Tyson Pedro in his first two UFC fights and he has not fought in over a year today. Negumereanu (9-0) is a undefeated 24-year-old prospect fighting out of Romania who has finished all of his pre-UFC competitions within the distance. Despite taking the fight on short notice and making his Octagon introduction, I enjoy Negumereanu to win this battle. It’s a pure grin about the chinny Safarov, who I expect to get cut out of the UFC when he loses this battle. The chances are already out for this one, and really the UFC newcomer is a 2-to-1 preferred to get his hand raised.
UFC Fight Night 148 vs. Frankie Saenz, marlon Vera The UFC has re-booked that the bantamweight bout between Marlon Vera and Frankie Saenz which has been scrapped days ahead of UFC 235 for UFC Fight Night 148, which takes place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tennessee. Vera (12-5-1) is 6-4 at the UFC and is coming from back-to-back stoppage wins over Guido Cannetti and Wuliji Buren. Saenz (13-5) is 5-3 at the UFC and conquered Henry Briones and Merab Dvalishvili in his last two bouts by decision. I really don’t see the lineup shifting much from where it closed before Saenz got injured. Look for the line to be identical to what it ended it, with Vera as a close 2-to-1 favorite.
Poliana Botelho vs. Lauren Mueller, UFC 236
Because of an arm injury, Paige VanZant is from her women’s flyweight bout against Poliana Botelho in UFC 236 and rather Lauren Mueller is shooting the fight. The card is set for April 13 in State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Botelho (7-2) is 2-1 in the UFC but dropped by entry to Cynthia Calvillo in her last struggle. Mueller (5-1) is 1-1 at the UFC but has been filed by Yanan Wu in her final fight. It is another fight between two flawed fighters who may go either way, but according to title value I’d anticipate Botelho to be favored here.
Greg Hardy vs. Dmitry Smoliakov, UFC on ESPN 3
Controversial heavyweight Greg Hardy will return at UFC on ESPN 3 against Dmitry Smoliakov. The card is currently set for April 27 at BB&T Center at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Igor Lazorin broke the information. Hardy (3-1) lost by DQ to Allen Crowder in his UFC debut as a huge favored but had won his three prior pro MMA bouts by knockout. Smoliakov (9-2) has been completed in bout of his UFC looks before bouncing back with a submission win over the Russian regional arena in January. But at 36 decades old he does not have any upside and the UFC is bringing him in here to shed. I wouldn’t trust laying the juice Hardy after what happened in his UFC debut, but I fully expect him to become a monster favorite yet again for this fight.
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