UFC PHILADELPHIA ADDS KEVIN HOLLAND VS. GERALD MEERSCHAERT
The UFC is led back into the City of Brotherly Love later this month, and a few fights are added on short notice. UFC on ESPN 2 happens March 30 in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along with my first thoughts on these new bouts are below.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN 2 Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to battle at UFC on ESPN 2 in what should be a fun fight for the fans. The Philly Voice broke news. Holland (13-4) fell a decision to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. Overall, he has won five of the last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is currently 4-2 at the UFC but is coming off of a entry loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are very underrated and exciting fighters at middleweight, but given Holland’s youth and physical advantages in this fight, I would make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN 2 Because of an accident to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg now meets short-notice replacement competitor Kyler Phillips at a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall in the UFC but hasn’t fought as a submission loss to Demetrious Johnson in October 2017. He’s dealt with a great deal in his young career and hopefully he can put the past behind him. Phillips (6-1) is making his UFC debut after picking up a head kick KO in LFA just a couple of weeks ago. He is a veteran of the Contender Series and looks like a very promising prospect, but he lacks the UFC encounter that Borg has. I think Phillips has a opportunity to win this particular fight, however you still must prefer Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN two Moving up from flyweight to bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he will take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC battles before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his last outing. Prior to that, he had been riding an eight-fight win series. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 at the UFC and his wife Montana de la Rosa is getting a great deal of success in the Octagon, but the fact he struggled at a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was bothering. Like many bantamweight bouts, this should be aggressive, but I would still prefer Perez to get his hand raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Due to injuries to Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their first rivals John Makdessi and Jesus Pinedo will now fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena at Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both men are lightweights who just lost their competitions, this was the way to keep both men on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is on a seven-fight win streak and beat Devin Powell by decision in his UFC debut. Makdessi includes a ton of experience in the Octagon however Pinedo is only 22-years-old and seems like a great prospect. I would expect a close lineup here but given Pinedo’s childhood and upside down he is most likely the drama in this .
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