27/11/2019

MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: TWO INJURY REPLACEMENT BOUTS ANNOUNCED


Another day, yet another accident — in actuality, this time there were two. For the current MMA Odds and Ends, I will list the 2 fights which were changed and give my thoughts on every one of them. Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili, UFC Fight Night 66 Alex White has been forced to pull from his struggle with Mark Eddiva at UFC Fight Night 66, also Levan Makashvili will now take on Eddiva on extremely short notice as the card happens May 16 at Mall of Asia Arena at Pasay, Philippines. Eddiva is 1-1 in 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 fairly good grinder who can bang a little. Makashvili, meanwhile, is a grinder-type who is making his UFC debut. He was supposed to combat Nik Lentz back in UFC Fight Night 60, however, the struggle was cancelled at the last minute when Lentz got sick. This is a tough one to call. I would argue Makashvili is the better fighter and also the better prospect of the set, but Eddiva has got the UFC experience and he’ll be fighting in his home country of Manila here. Eddiva isn’t the type of fighter who will get much respect from the gambling public, but he is pretty strong and I think he puts up a fantastic fight against Makashvili. I’d anticipate a close line with this one with a slight lean towards Makashvili because he’s got a bit more hype surrounding him, but it is a fight 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 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 introduction. He was doing really well in the fight and then at the end of this initial round faded badly and paid for it with a KO conquer. Abreu, on the other hand, is undefeated at 5-0 in his career and defeated Wagner Silva via submission in his UFC debut. On the other hand, the struggle was a year ago and that he has not fought because, so he’ll have any ring rust going into this one. This is another tough one. I think Collier is the better fighter of the two, but he is not someone to be reliable with your hard-earned money after we saw what happened in his UFC debut. I really don’t think Abreu is like his record suggests, but he has a good shot of picking up a win in this struggle. It’s a close one, though, one that may go either way, and that I hope the line to signify that.

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