There are a few new battle rumors to report on in today’s MMA odds and ends, such as an interim title fight that is guaranteed to excite fans. Here are the bouts, Together with my first thoughts on them:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is going to get a significant main 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 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington is being targeted for the main event over the previously-announced women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. RDA (29-9) is a perfect 3-0 since moving up to welterweight such as a dominant choice win over Robbie Lawler in his last outing. The prior lightweight kingpin will be looking to add a second belt to his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall from the UFC and has won five-straight struggles including a dominant choice on Demian Maia his out time. This is a truly incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I am expecting tight odds for 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 extends down Saturday, May 19 at Movistar Arena at Santiago, Chile. This bout was confirmed by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 at the UFC and has won six-straight fights. He has been an underrated member of the UFC lightweight branch but after several failed weight cuts he is being made to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he’s 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 bad weight cut for a bout against Thiago Alves and will soon be coming into this bout on a long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ victory from the UFC, he’s still going to be a very small welterweight and Cummings has proven himself to be a winner in 170lbs. I would expect close odds with this one with perhaps a little lean towards Cummings, though I would caution betting from the underrated Prazeres even with all the new weight class.
Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles, UFC Fight Night 129
A lightweight matchup between Felipe Silva and Claudio Puelles has also been added to UFC Fight Night 129. Globo also reported this bout. Silva (8-1) is currently 1-1 at the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell and a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He has been inactive in overall averaging only one fight annually but continues to be successful when he can compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 in the UFC, having suffered a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his introduction. But he’s only 21 and ought to continue to enhance. This is a close fight but I’ll go with all the upside and say that Puelles should be favored due to being 12 years younger, even if he hasn’t tasted victory in the Octagon yet.
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