The very first couple bouts are shown for the UFC’s forthcoming cards from Rochester and Greensboro, and I’ll give my initial takes on these matchups below.
Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks, UFC Fight Night 151
Moving up from the women’s flyweight division is Sijara Eubanks, and she will fight Aspen Ladd in UFC Fight Night 151, occurring May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. MMAjunkie broke the news. Ladd (7-0) is undefeated in her profession and is 2-0 at the UFC with a vicious TKO win over Tonya Evinger in her last outing. Eubanks (4-2) is 2-0 at the UFC and beat Roxanne Modafferi by decision in her last struggle. This is actually a rematch of the pair’s previous bout in Invicta, which Ladd won by decision. I am expecting another aggressive struggle this moment around, but once again I would need to favor Ladd to win the battle.
Trevin Giles vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 151
Also added to UFC Fight Night 151 is a middleweight bout between Trevin Giles and Zak Cummings. Giles (11-0) is currently 2-0 at the UFC but hasn’t fought since a KO win over Antonio Braga Neto in December 2017. Cummings (22-6) is 7-3 in the UFC and is coming off of a split decision win over Trevor Smith. Cummings is just a gatekeeper at the stage of his profession while Giles is a leading prospect in 185lbs, and he will probably be a huge favorite here despite his long layoff.
Mike Trizano vs. Grant Dawson, UFC Fight Night 151
Featherweight prospects Mike Trizano and Grant Dawson will meet at UFC Fight Night 151. The Democrat and Chronicle broke the news. Trizano (8-0) won TUF 27 and is indeed far 2-0 in the UFC including an upset win over Luis Pena his out time. Dawson (13-1) won a decision over Julian Erosa in his UFC debut and is riding a four-fight win streak right now. Both men are solid prospects but Dawson seems to get more respect in the window and that I expect him to be preferred at open.
Pat Cummins vs. Ed Herman, UFC Fight Night 151
Light heavyweights Pat Cummins and Ed Herman are set to meet UFC Fight Night 151. Cummins (10-6) is 6-6 from the UFC and is coming from two straight losses to Misha Cirkunov and Corey Anderson. Herman (23-14, 1 NC) is one of the longest tenured UFC fighters and has an all-time record of 10-11, 1 NC complete from the Octagon. But he has fallen on hard times as of late with a three-fight losing skid such as losses to Gian Villante, CB Dollaway and Nikita Krylov. At this point you have to fade Herman against anybody, and Cummins ought to be a small favorite here.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Allen Crowder, UFC Fight Night 153
Heavyweights Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Allen Crowder are set to match at UFC Fight Night 153, occurring June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Crowder’s team declared the bout. Rozenstruik (7-0) picked up a fantastic knockout win over Junior Albini in his UFC debut. Crowder (10-3, 1 NC) is 1-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a DQ win over Greg Hardy. This looks like the UFC penalizing Crowder for whatever reason since I fully anticipate Rozenstruik to get a knockout win.
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