The UFC has been busy announcing new struggles. Below are some of the new forthcoming midnight set for spring UFC cards, and my first thoughts on them.
Michel Prazeres vs. Ismail Naurdiev, UFC Fight Night 145
Because of an injury to Ramazan Emeev, Ismail Naurdiev has obtained a short-notice struggle 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 at the UFC entire and will be riding an eight-fight win series at the moment. He had difficulty making the lightweight limit of 155lbs and because moving up to welterweight has arguably looked even better using 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, and the vast majority of his wins have come by stoppage. But he’s also fought an extremely low level of rivalry and Prazeres is a major step up. I expect Prazeres to be a solid favorite here, and he deserves it after the current 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 two, occurring March 30 in Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The information was broken by mMAWeekly. Barzola (15-3-1) is 5-1 in the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win streak together with all his wins coming from decision. Barzola’s album is remarkable, but his lack of finishing instincts could hurt him as he progresses up the featherweight ranks. Aguilar (16-1) is coming off of a powerful 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 he’s been flawless in his MMA career. This is a pretty good matchup between two men on win stripes but based on his ability to really finish a struggle I would have to prefer Aguilar to get his hand raised.
Tom Breese vs. Ian Heinisch, UFC Fight Night 147
Due to an injury to Cezar Ferreira, Ian Heinisch is stepping up as an injury replacement to take on Tom Breese at UFC Fight Night 147, taking place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. Breese (11-1) is currently 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of a TKO win over Dan Kelly in his middleweight debut. Heinisch (12-1) is currently riding a four-fight win streak and is coming off of a successful UFC introduction when he defeated the aforementioned Ferreira by decision. His only career defeat came from Markus Perez, who just submitted Anthony Hernandez at UFC Fight Night 144. This looks like a really good matchup between two middleweights with future name aspirations. Both Breese and Heinisch are very well-rounded fighters and this is going to be a close fight. I’d have to favor Breese just based on the fact the struggle is in England, however I anticipate Heinisch to be very aggressive in this matchup and he could be well worth considering as a puppy.
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