A couple new bouts have been shown for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards, and they’re listed below along with my initial thoughts on them.
Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz 3, UFC Fight Night 151
At a trilogy struggle, Charles Oliveira matches Nik Lentz in UFC Fight Night 151, set for May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. These two have met previously, with a No Contest in their first meeting after Oliveira landed an illegal knee that caused the conclusion, and after that a submission win for Oliveira in the rematch. Now, they compete to get a third and presumably final moment. Oliveira (26-8, 1 NC) is 14-8, 1 NC total from the UFC and has won four straight fights, all by entry. He holds the record for the most submissions in UFC history, together with 13. Lentz (30-9-2, 1 NC) is currently 14-6-1, 1 NC from the UFC and has won back-to-back conflicts over Scott Holtzman and Gray Maynard and has evolved from a grinding wrestling into a well-rounded mixed martial artist. Given that Oliveira has beaten Lentz by submission and is as sexy as any lightweight in the world at this time, he should be a big preferred to win against the trilogy fight, although I would not completely count Lentz out.
Andrea Lee vs. Montana De La Rosa, UFC Fight Night 153
Women’s flyweights Andrea Lee and Montana De La Rosa will meet at UFC Fight Night 153, occurring June 22 in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Nolan King of FloCombat broke the news. Lee (10-2) is 2-0 in the UFC and is riding an impressive six-fight win streak complete with back-to-back wins over Ashlee Evans-Smith and Veronica Macedo. De La Rosa (10-4) is 3-0 at the UFC with three wins by submission such as a tapout over Rachael Ostovich. Eight of her 10 career wins have actually come by submission, making her among the most dangerous flyweight prospects in the UFC right now. These are a couple of the greatest prospects at 125lbs, but the truth De La Rosa is completing all her fights should make her the betting favorite heading into it.
Jordan Griffin vs. Chas Skelly, UFC on ESPN 4
Featherweights Jordan Griffin and Chas Skelly are set to match at UFC on ESPN 4, occurring June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Griffin (17-6) lost a decision to Dan Ige within his UFC debut that snapped his four-fight win streak, which included a triumph on Dana White’s Contender Series that initially got him to the UFC. Actually Ige simply ruined Danny Henry makes Griffin’s close decision loss look somewhat better, but he certainly needs to conquer Skelly here and get started building a new win streak if he would like to become a featherweight competition from the UFC. Skelly (17-4) has a winning record of 7-4 in the UFC but is coming off of back-to-back stoppage losses to Bobby Moffett and Jason Knight. At one time he looked like a featherweight on the rise, but his last few performances were weak and he wants to rally against Griffin. This ought to be a competitive fight, but it may be a good place to fade Skelly and choose Griffin if he is accessible dog money.
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