Another day, another accident — in actuality, this time there were just two. For the current MMA Odds and Ends, I will record the two fights that were changed and give my thoughts on each of these. Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili, UFC Fight Night 66 Alex White has been forced to pull out of his fight with Mark Eddiva at UFC Fight Night 66, and Levan Makashvili will now take on Eddiva on extremely short notice as the card takes place 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 along with also a TKO loss to Kevin Souza. He has actually outperformed expectations inside the Octagon and general is a fairly 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, however, the fight was cancelled at the last minute when Lentz got sick. This is a difficult one to call. I’d assert Makashvili is the better fighter and the greater prospect of this set, but Eddiva has the UFC experience and he will be fighting in his home nation of Manila here. Eddiva is not the type of fighter who will get much respect from the betting public, but he is pretty solid and I think he sets up a fantastic fight against Makashvili. I’d anticipate a close line for this one having a small lean towards Makashvili since he has a bit more hype surrounding him, but it’s a fight I think can go either way. Jake Collier vs. Ricardo Abreu, UFC Fight Night 68 Because of an injury to Daniel Sarafian, Ricardo Abreu had a new competitor and the UFC called upon Jake Collier to fight him UFC Fight Night 68, which takes place June 6 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Collier is 0-1 in the UFC using a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Miranda in his debut. He had been doing very well in the fight and then in the conclusion of this first round faded badly and compensated for it with a KO conquer. Abreu, on the other hand, is undefeated at 5-0 in his profession and defeated Wagner Silva via entry in his UFC debut. However, the fight was a year ago and that he has not fought since, so he will have any ring rust heading into this one. That is another tough one. I think Collier is the better fighter of the two, however he is not someone to be reliable with your hard-earned cash after we watched what happened in his UFC debut. I really don’t think Abreu is as good as his record indicates, but he’s a fantastic shot of picking up a win in this fight. It’s a close one, though, one which may go either way, and I expect the line to reflect that.
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