A pair of upcoming fight cards have obtained updates to them, and I’ll offer my thoughts on the new bouts in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Chance Rencountre vs. Kyle Stewart, UFC on ESPN+ 1 (UFC Fight Night 143)
We hopefully have the last fight card update for the UFC on ESPN+ 1 card this weekend, taking place Saturday in Barclays Center at Brooklyn, New York. Chance Rencountre eventually has his competitor as he’ll take on Octagon newcomer Kyle Stewart at a lightweight bout on the card. ESPN first broke news. Rencountre’s unique opponent Randy Brown was pulled in the card because of a rumored USADA flagging, while Dwight Grant was not cleared to fight due to an eye injury. Rencountre (12-3) lost a decision to Belal Muhammad in his UFC debut but’d won four consecutive bouts before it. Stewart (11-1) has just lost once in his career, to high LFA potential James Nakashima, and in his final bout conquered Braden Smith by decision. I think most will seem to fade Rencountre in this area, and that I expect Stewart to actually be a small favorite here despite making his UFC debut on short notice.
Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Rosa, UFC 234
Lightweight Lando Vannata lately reupped a fresh four-fight contract with the UFC, and that he now returns to fight Octagon newcomer Marcos Rosa at UFC 234, occurring February 10 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. ESPN broke the news. Vannata (9-3-2) only has a 1-3-2 record from the UFC, but nearly every one of his fights was exciting that is why the UFC decided to bring him back. He is coming from a draw against Matt Frevola, also has not really won a fight as a KO win over John Makdessi at December 2016. Rosa (6-4) is a veteran of the Brazilian regional circuit also has actually won three of his last four bouts by stoppage. Finally it feels like the UFC has booked Vannata a winnable fight, and I expect him to become a big favorite to receive his hand raised.
Dong Hyun Ma vs. Devonte Smith, UFC 234
And lastly, Dong Hyun Ma (formerly called »the other » Dong Yun Kim) will return at UFC 234 if he takes on Devonte Smith in what should be an action-packed lightweight bout. Ma (16-8-3) is 3-2 overall from the UFC and is currently riding a three-fight win streak including a notable TKO win over Takanori Gomi along with a decision win over Damien Brown. Smith (9-1) is 1-0 so far in the UFC with a ridiculous KO win over Julian Erosa. He has won his last five fights, and all eight of his pro wins have come by stoppage, with his lone defeat a TKO loss to John Gunther. I very much like watching Ma battle and I must give the UFC matchmakers props for reserving what is guaranteed to be an exciting fight. But I’m very high on Smith and I believe he’s likely to come in here and finish Ma’s win series. Start looking for Smith to be the favorite from the sportsbooks following his flashy UFC debut.
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