The UFC has been busy announcing new fights. Below are some of the new forthcoming midnight set for spring UFC cards, and my first thoughts on these.
Michel Prazeres vs. Ismail Naurdiev, UFC Fight Night 145
Due to an injury to Ramazan Emeev, Ismail Naurdiev has obtained a short-notice fight against Michel Prazeres at UFC Fight Night 145, occurring February 23 in The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. MMABrasil broke the information. Prazeres (26-2) is 10-2 in the UFC entire and will be riding an eight-fight win series at the moment. He had trouble making the lightweight limit of 155lbs and since moving up to welterweight has arguably looked even better with back-to-back wins over Zak Cummings and Bartosz Fabinski. Naurdiev (17-2) is making his UFC debut on the potency of back-to-back knockout wins. He has experience fighting in ACB, along with the majority of his wins have come by stoppage. But he’s also fought an extremely low amount of competition and Prazeres is a major step up. I anticipate Prazeres for a solid favorite here, and he deserves it after the recent series he has went on inside the Octagon.
Enrique Barzola vs. Kevin Aguilar, UFC on ESPN two Featherweights Enrique Barzola and Kevin Aguilar are set to meet at UFC on ESPN 2, occurring March 30 in Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The news was broken by mMAWeekly. Barzola (15-3-1) is 5-1 at the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win streak with all his wins coming from choice. Barzola’s album is impressive, but his lack of completing instincts could hurt him as he advances up the featherweight ranks. Aguilar (16-1) is coming from a successful UFC debut when he won a unanimous decision over Rick Glenn, and overall he’s riding an eight-fight win series. His only career loss came from Leonard Garcia back in 2013, but otherwise he’s been flawless in his MMA career. This is a pretty good matchup between two men on win streaks but based on his capacity to actually finish a fight I’d have to prefer Aguilar to receive his hand raised.
Tom Breese vs. Ian Heinisch, UFC Fight Night 147
Because of an injury to Cezar Ferreira, Ian Heinisch is stepping up as an injury replacement to carry on Tom Breese in UFC Fight Night 147, taking place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. Breese (11-1) is 4-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a TKO win over Dan Kelly in his middleweight debut. Heinisch (12-1) is now riding a four-fight win series and is coming off of a successful UFC introduction when he conquered the above Ferreira by decision. His only career defeat came from Markus Perez, who just filed Anthony Hernandez in UFC Fight Night 144. This looks like a very solid matchup between two middleweights with prospective name ambitions. The two Breese and Heinisch are very well-rounded fighters and this is going to be a close fight. I’d have to prefer Breese only based on the fact the struggle is in England, however I expect Heinisch to be somewhat aggressive in this matchup and that he could be well worth looking at as a dog.
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