A couple new bouts are shown for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards, and they’re listed below along with my first thoughts on them.
Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz 3, UFC Fight Night 151
At a trilogy struggle, Charles Oliveira matches Nik Lentz in UFC Fight Night 151, set for May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. These two have met previously, using a No Contest in their first meeting after Oliveira landed an illegal knee that caused the conclusion, and then a submission win for Oliveira in the rematch. They compete to get a third and presumably final time. Oliveira (26-8, 1 NC) is 14-8, 1 NC overall in the UFC and has won four consecutive fights, all by submission. He holds the record for the most admissions in UFC history, with 13. Lentz (30-9-2, 1 NC) is currently 14-6-1, 1 NC in the UFC and has won back-to-back conflicts over Scott Holtzman and Gray Maynard and has evolved from a grinding wrestling into a well-rounded mixed martial artist. Given that Oliveira has already beaten Lentz by entry and is as sexy as any lightweight in the world right now, he should be a sizeable favorite to win against the trilogy fight, although I would not completely count Lentz out.
Andrea Lee vs. Montana De La Rosa, UFC Fight Night 153
Women’s flyweights Andrea Lee and Montana De La Rosa will fulfill at UFC Fight Night 153, occurring June 22 in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Nolan King of FloCombat broke the news. Lee (10-2) is currently 2-0 in the UFC and is riding an impressive six-fight win streak complete with back-to-back wins over Ashlee Evans-Smith and Veronica Macedo. De La Rosa (10-4) is 3-0 at the UFC with three wins by entry such as a tapout over Rachael Ostovich. Eight of her 10 career wins have actually come by submission, making her among the very dangerous flyweight prospects in the UFC right now. These are two of the greatest prospects in 125lbs, but the fact De La Rosa is completing all her struggles need to make her the betting favorite heading into it.
Jordan Griffin vs. Chas Skelly, UFC on ESPN 4
Featherweights Jordan Griffin and Chas Skelly are set to match at UFC on ESPN 4, taking place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Griffin (17-6) lost a decision to Dan Ige within his UFC debut that snapped his four-fight win streak, which included a win on Dana White’s Contender Series that originally got him to the UFC. The fact Ige just destroyed Danny Henry makes Griffin’s close decision loss seem a little better, but he certainly needs to beat Skelly here and start building a new win streak if he wants to be a featherweight contender from the UFC. Skelly (17-4) has a winning record of 7-4 in the UFC but is coming from back-to-back stoppage declines to Bobby Moffett and Jason Knight. At one time he seemed like a featherweight on the upswing, but his last few performances were weak and he wants to rally against Griffin. This ought to be a competitive fight, but it could be a good place to fade Skelly and take Griffin if he’s accessible pet cash.
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