A pair of forthcoming fight cards have obtained updates to them, and I’ll give my thoughts on the new bouts in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Chance Rencountre vs. Kyle Stewart, UFC on ESPN+ 1 (UFC Fight Night 143)
We have the previous fight card update for the UFC on ESPN+ 1 card this weekend, taking place Saturday in Barclays Center at Brooklyn, New York. Chance Rencountre finally has his competitor as he’ll take on Octagon newcomer Kyle Stewart in a lightweight bout on the card. ESPN first broke the news. Rencountre’s original opponent Randy Brown was pulled from the card because of a rumored USADA flagging, while Dwight Grant wasn’t cleared to fight because of an eye injury. Rencountre (12-3) chose to Belal Muhammad in his UFC debut but’d won four consecutive bouts prior to it. Stewart (11-1) has only lost once in his career, to top LFA potential James Nakashima, also in his final bout conquered Braden Smith by decision. I think most will seem to fade Rencountre in this area, and that I expect Stewart to really be a small favourite here despite making his UFC debut on short notice.
Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Rosa, UFC 234
Lightweight Lando Vannata recently reupped a fresh four-fight contract with the UFC, and that he now returns to combat Octagon newcomer Marcos Rosa in UFC 234, taking place February 10 in Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. ESPN broke the information. Vannata (9-3-2) just has a 1-3-2 record in the UFC, but almost every one of his fights was exciting that is the reason why the UFC decided to bring him back. He is coming off of a draw against Matt Frevola, and hasn’t really won a fight as a KO win over John Makdessi in December 2016. Rosa (6-4) is a veteran of the Brazilian regional circuit and has really won three of his final four bouts by stoppage. Finally it seems like the UFC has reserved Vannata a winnable struggle, and I expect him to be quite a big favorite to receive his hands raised.
Dong Hyun Ma vs. Devonte Smith, UFC 234
And finally, Dong Hyun Ma (formerly known as”the other” Dong Yun Kim) will return at UFC 234 if he chooses on Devonte Smith in what ought to be an action-packed lightweight bout. Ma (16-8-3) is 3-2 overall in the UFC and is now riding a three-fight win streak including a notable TKO win over Takanori Gomi along with a decision win over Damien Brown. Smith (9-1) is 1-0 so much in the UFC with a ridiculous KO win over Julian Erosa. He has won his last five fights, and all eight of his pro wins have come by stoppage, with his lone defeat a TKO loss to John Gunther. I very much enjoy watching Ma battle and I must give the UFC matchmakers props for booking what is guaranteed to be a thrilling fight. But I am quite high on Smith and I believe he’s likely to come in here and finish Ma’s win series. Start looking for Smith to be the favorite from the sportsbooks after his flashy UFC debut.
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