There are a few new battle rumors to report on in the current MMA odds and ends, such as an interim title combat that’s guaranteed to excite fans. Here are the bouts, 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 get a serious main event. An interim welterweight title bout is being targeted between leading conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 at Jeunesse Arena in 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 an ideal 3-0 since moving up to welterweight including a dominant choice win over Robbie Lawler in his final outing. The prior lightweight kingpin will probably be looking to add another belt to his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall in the UFC and has won five-straight struggles including a dominant choice over 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 particular one, but perhaps with a lean towards RDA, who is more proven at the championship level from 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 in 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 struggles. He’s been an underrated member of the UFC lightweight division but after several failed weight cuts he’s being forced to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he’s going to be one of the smallest fighters in the division. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming off of two-straight wins, but he was recently injured during a lousy weight reduction for a bout against Thiago Alves and will be coming to this bout on a very long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ success from the UFC, he is going to be a very modest welterweight and Cummings has proven himself to be a winner in 170lbs. I would expect close chances for this one with possibly a little lean towards Cummings, though I’d caution gambling against the underrated Prazeres despite 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 in the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell along with a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He’s been inactive in overall averaging just one fight annually but has been successful when he does compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 at the UFC, having endured a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his debut. But he is only 21 and ought to continue to improve. This is a close fight but I will go with the upside and state that Puelles should be preferred due to being 12 years younger, even though he hasn’t tasted success in the Octagon yet.
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