A number of quality bouts are shown for upcoming UFC cards, and my thoughts on these are under.
Demian Maia vs. Anthony Rocco Martin, UFC on ESPN 3
Standout welterweights Demian Maia and Anthony Rocco Martin will fight at UFC on ESPN 3, occurring June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Combate broke the information. Maia (26-9) is 20-9 in the UFC and is coming off of a submission win over Lyman Good. Martin (16-4) is 8-4 in the UFC and has won all four of his fights since moving up to welterweight. Martin is a fantastic fighter and may very well win this fight, but based on Maia’s level of experience and the quality of his resistance over the years that he deserves to be the betting favorite here.
Paul Craig vs. Alonzo Menifield, UFC on ESPN 3
An intriguing light heavyweight bout between Paul Craig and Alonzo Menifield meet at UFC on ESPN 3. Craig (11-3) is 3-3 at the UFC and is coming off of a miracle submission win over Kennedy Nzechukwu. Menifield (8-0) is undefeated as an expert with all of his wins coming from stoppage, such as a brutal KO over Vinicius Moreira in his UFC debut. You may never completely count Craig out as he has proven he can come back and win late in the struggle by submission, but on paper Menifield is the better athlete and he must be a huge favorite here.
Marlon Vera vs. Sean O’Malley, UFC 239
An exciting bantamweight bout between Marlon Vera and Sean O’Malley is scheduled for UFC 239, taking place June 6 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani broke the information. Vera (13-5-1) is 7-4 at the UFC and is coming off of three straight endings over Frankie Saenz, Guido Cannetti and Wuliji Buren. O’Malley (10-0) is 2-0 at the UFC but has not competed in more than a year because of a USADA suspension. O’Malley is a huge young potential but Vera is battling at a high level right now and deserves to be the favorite here.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Martin Vettori, UFC Fight Night 155
Middleweights Cezar Ferreira and Marvin Vettori are put to fight at UFC Fight Night 155, taking place July 13 in an unannounced place in Sacramento, California. Combate broke the information. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 in the UFC and is coming off of an upset decision loss to Ian Heinisch. Vettori (12-4-1) hasn’t fought in over a year because of some USADA suspension and also in his final fight dropped a split decision to Israel Adesanya. That is a near fight but given how close Vettori was to beating Adesanya, in spite of the long layoff I’d favor him slightly to get the win here over the aging and chinny Ferreira.
Beneil Dariush vs. Drakkar Klose, UFC on ESPN 3
Lightweights Beneil Dariush and Drakkar Klose will even meet at UFC Fight Night 155. Dariush (16-4-1) is 10-4-1 from the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Drew Dober and Thiago Moises. Klose (10-1-1) is 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of successive wins over Bobby Green and Lando Vannata. This is an excellent matchup but I would really favor Klose as stylistically it is a good battle for him because he should be able to keep it standing and also win the striking battle.
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