A number of quality bouts are shown for upcoming UFC cards, and my thoughts on them are below.
Demian Maia vs. Anthony Rocco Martin, UFC on ESPN 3
Standout welterweights Demian Maia and Anthony Rocco Martin will fight at UFC on ESPN 3, occurring June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Combate broke the information. Maia (26-9) is 20-9 from the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Lyman Good. Martin (16-4) is 8-4 at the UFC and has won all four of his fights since moving up to welterweight. Martin is an excellent fighter and may very well win this fight, but according to Maia’s level of experience and the quality of his opposition over the years that he deserves to be the betting favorite here.
Paul Craig vs. Alonzo Menifield, UFC on ESPN 3
An intriguing light heavyweight bout between Paul Craig and Alonzo Menifield meet at UFC on ESPN 3. Craig (11-3) is 3-3 at the UFC and is coming off of a miracle entry win over Kennedy Nzechukwu. Menifield (8-0) is undefeated as an expert with all his wins coming by stoppage, including a brutal KO over Vinicius Moreira in his UFC debut. You can never completely count Craig out as he’s proven he can come back and win late in the fight by submission, but on newspaper Menifield is the better athlete and he must be a massive favorite here.
Marlon Vera vs. Sean O’Malley, UFC 239
An exciting bantamweight bout between Marlon Vera and Sean O’Malley is scheduled for UFC 239, taking place June 6 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani broke the news. Vera (13-5-1) is 7-4 in the UFC and is coming from three straight finishes over Frankie Saenz, Guido Cannetti and Wuliji Buren. O’Malley (10-0) is 2-0 at the UFC but hasn’t competed in over a year because of a USADA suspension. O’Malley is a huge young prospect but Vera is fighting a high level right now and deserves to be the favorite here.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Martin Vettori, UFC Fight Night 155
Middleweights Cezar Ferreira and Marvin Vettori are set to battle at UFC Fight Night 155, occurring July 13 at an unannounced venue in Sacramento, California. Combate broke the news. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 in the UFC and is coming off of an upset decision loss to Ian Heinisch. Vettori (12-4-1) hasn’t fought in over a year because of a USADA suspension and in his final struggle dropped a split decision to Israel Adesanya. That is a near fight but given how close Vettori was to beating Adesanya, in spite of the long layoff I’d prefer him slightly to get the win over the aging and chinny Ferreira.
Beneil Dariush vs. Drakkar Klose, UFC on ESPN 3
Lightweights Beneil Dariush and Drakkar Klose may also meet at UFC Fight Night 155. Dariush (16-4-1) is 10-4-1 from the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Drew Dober and Thiago Moises. Klose (10-1-1) is currently 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of consecutive wins over Bobby Green and Lando Vannata. This is an excellent matchup but I would actually favor Klose because stylistically it’s a great fight for him as he ought to have the ability to keep it standing and win the battle that is spectacular.
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