23 Jul UFC PHILADELPHIA ADDS KEVIN HOLLAND VS. GERALD MEERSCHAERT
The UFC is led back to the City of Brotherly Love later this month, and a few fights are inserted on short notice. UFC on ESPN two happens March 30 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my first thoughts on these new bouts are under.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN 2 Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to clash at UFC on ESPN two in what should be an enjoyable fight for the fans. The Philly Voice broke news. Holland (13-4) dropped a choice to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. In general, he has won five of the last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is currently 4-2 in the UFC but is coming off of a submission loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are extremely underrated and exciting fighters at middleweight, but awarded Holland’s childhood and physical advantages in this fight, I’d make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN 2 Due to an accident to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg now meets short-notice replacement competitor Kyler Phillips at a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall in the UFC but hasn’t fought since a submission reduction to Demetrious Johnson at October 2017. He has dealt with a lot in his young career and hopefully he could put the past behind him. Phillips (6-1) is making his UFC debut after picking up a head kick KO in LFA only a couple of weeks ago. He’s a veteran of the Contender Series and seems like quite a promising prospect, but he lacks the UFC experience that Borg has. I think Phillips has a opportunity to win this fight, however you still have to favor Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN two Moving up from flyweight into bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he will take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC fights before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his last outing. Prior to this, he was riding an eight-fight win streak. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 at the UFC and his wife Montana de la Rosa is getting a great deal of success in the Octagon, but the truth he struggled in a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was troubling. Like many bantamweight bouts, this ought to be competitive, but I’d still favor Perez to receive his hands raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Because of accidents Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their original opponents John Makdessi and Jesus Pinedo will now fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both men are lightweights who just lost their competitions, this is the way to keep both guys on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is really on a seven-fight win streak and conquer Devin Powell by decision in his UFC debut. Makdessi includes a whole lot of experience in the Octagon but Pinedo is just 22-years-old and looks like a fantastic prospect. I would anticipate a close lineup here but given Pinedo’s childhood and upside he is probably the drama in this one.
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