Another day, another accident — in actuality, this time there were just two. For today’s MMA Odds and Ends, I’ll list the two fights that were changed and give my thoughts on every one of these. Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili, UFC Fight Night 66 Alex White was forced to pull out of his fight with Mark Eddiva in UFC Fight Night 66, and Levan Makashvili will now take on Eddiva on extremely short notice since the card happens May 16 at Mall of Asia Arena at Pasay, Philippines. Eddiva is 1-1 at the UFC with a surprise decision win over Jumabieke Tuerxun and also a TKO loss to Kevin Souza. He’s really outperformed expectations inside the Octagon and general is a pretty solid grinder who will bang a little. Makashvili, meanwhile, is a grinder-type who’s making his UFC debut. He was supposed to combat Nik Lentz back in UFC Fight Night 60, but the fight was cancelled at the last minute when Lentz got ill. This is a tough one to call. I would assert Makashvili is the better fighter and also the greater prospect of this pair, but Eddiva gets the UFC experience and he will be fighting in his home nation of Manila here. Eddiva isn’t the type of fighter who will get much respect from the betting public, but he is pretty strong and I believe he puts up a good fight against Makashvili. I’d anticipate a close line for this one with a small lean towards Makashvili because he has a bit more hype surrounding him, but it’s a struggle I think could go either way. Jake Collier vs. Ricardo Abreu, UFC Fight Night 68 Due to an injury to Daniel Sarafian, Ricardo Abreu had a fresh opponent and the UFC called upon Jake Collier to fight him at UFC Fight Night 68, which takes place June 6 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Collier is 0-1 at the UFC using a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Miranda in his debut. He was doing really well in the struggle and then at the end of the first round faded badly and compensated for it with a KO conquer. Abreu, on the other hand, is undefeated at 5-0 in his career and conquered Wagner Silva via submission in his UFC debut. However, the fight was a year ago and that he hasn’t fought because, so he will presumably have some ring rust heading into this one. This is another tough one. I believe Collier is the better fighter of the two, but he is not someone to be trusted with your hard-earned money after we saw what happened in his UFC debut. I really don’t think Abreu is as good as his record suggests, but he’s a good chance of picking up a win in this fight. It’s a close one, though, one which may go either way, and that I hope the line to reflect that.
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