18 Jul MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: RDA VS. COVINGTON TARGETED FOR UFC 224
There are a couple new fight rumors to report on in today’s MMA odds and ends, such as an interim title combat that’s sure to excite fans. Here are the bouts, Together with my first thoughts on these:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is going to get a serious principal event. An interim welterweight title bout has been targeted between leading conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington has been 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 last outing. The prior lightweight kingpin will probably be looking to add a second belt for his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall in the UFC and has won five-straight fights including a dominant choice over Demian Maia his last time out. 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 maybe with a lean towards RDA, who’s more proven at the championship level in the Octagon.
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 129
A welterweight bout featuring Michel Prazeres and Zak Cummings is the Most Recent addition to UFC Fight Night 129, which extends down Saturday, May 19 in Movistar Arena in 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 likely to be among the tiniest fighters in the branch. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming off of two-straight wins, but he had been recently injured during a lousy 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 is still going to be a really small welterweight and Cummings has shown himself to be a winner at 170lbs. I would expect close odds for this one with perhaps a slight lean towards Cummings, though I would caution betting against the underrated Prazeres despite 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 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 only 1 struggle a year but has been successful when he can compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 at the UFC, having endured a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his introduction. But he is only 21 and should continue to enhance. That is a close fight but I will go with the upside and say Puelles should be favored because of being 12 years younger, even if he hasn’t tasted success in the Octagon yet.
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