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The UFC is headed back into the City of Brotherly Love later this month, and a few fights have been inserted on short notice. UFC on ESPN 2 takes place March 30 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along with my initial thoughts on those new bouts are under.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN two Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to clash at UFC on ESPN 2 in what ought to be an enjoyable 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’s won five of the last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is 4-2 in the UFC but is coming from a submission loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are extremely underrated and exciting fighters at middleweight, but given Holland’s youth and physiological advantages in this particular fight, I’d make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN two Due to an accident to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg now meets short-notice replacement opponent Kyler Phillips in 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 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’s a veteran of the Contender Series and seems like a very promising prospect, but he lacks the UFC experience that Borg has. I believe Phillips has a opportunity to win this particular fight, however you still have to favor Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN 2 Moving upward from flyweight to bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he’ll take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC battles before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his final outing. Prior to this, he was riding an eight-fight win series. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 in the UFC and his spouse Montana de la Rosa is having a great deal of success from the Octagon, but the truth he fought at a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was troubling. Like most bantamweight bouts, this should be competitive, but I’d still prefer Perez to receive his hands raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Because of injuries to Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their original 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 only lost their opponents, 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 really on a seven-fight win streak and conquer Devin Powell by decision within his UFC debut. Makdessi includes a ton of experience in the Octagon but Pinedo is just 22-years-old and looks like a great prospect. I’d anticipate a close line here but awarded Pinedo’s youth and upside he’s most likely the drama in this one.
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