MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: RDA VS. COVINGTON TARGETED FOR UFC 224
There are a few new fight rumors to report on in the current MMA odds and ends, including an interim title combat that is guaranteed to excite fans. Here are the sin, along with my initial thoughts on these:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is about to have a serious principal event. An interim welterweight title bout is being targeted between top conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington is being targeted for the primary event over the previously-announced women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. RDA (29-9) is an ideal 3-0 since moving up to welterweight such as a dominant decision win over Robbie Lawler in his final outing. The prior lightweight kingpin will be seeking to put in a second belt to his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall in the UFC and has won five-straight fights including a dominant decision on Demian Maia his out time. This is really a incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I am expecting tight odds with this one, but maybe with a lean towards RDA, who’s more proven in the tournament level in the Octagon.
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 129
A welterweight bout featuring Michel Prazeres and Zak Cummings is the latest addition to UFC Fight Night 129, which goes down Saturday, May 19 in Movistar Arena at Santiago, Chile. This bout was confirmed by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 in the UFC and has won six-straight struggles. He has been an underrated member of this UFC lightweight division but after multiple failed weight cuts he’s being made to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he is going to be one of the tiniest fighters in the division. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming from two-straight wins, but he was recently injured during a lousy weight reduction for a bout against Thiago Alves and will soon be coming into this bout on a long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ success from the UFC, he is still going to be a very small welterweight and Cummings has proven himself to be a winner in 170lbs. I would anticipate close odds with this one with possibly a little lean towards Cummings, though I’d caution gambling against the underrated Prazeres even with the new weight class.
Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles, UFC Fight Night 129
A lightweight matchup involving Felipe Silva and Claudio Puelles has also been added to UFC Fight Night 129. Globo also reported that this tact. Silva (8-1) is 1-1 in the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell along with a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He has been inactive in overall averaging only 1 fight a year but continues to be successful when he does compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 at the UFC, having suffered a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his debut. But he’s only 21 and ought to continue to improve. That is a close fight but I will go with the upside and say that Puelles should be favored because of being 12 years younger, even though he has not tasted success in the Octagon yet.
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