There are a couple new battle rumors to report on in today’s MMA odds and ends, including an interim title fight that’s guaranteed to excite fans. Here are the bouts, Together with my first thoughts on them:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is about to have a serious principal event. An interim welterweight title bout is being targeted between top conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington is being targeted for the main event over the previously-announced women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. RDA (29-9) is a perfect 3-0 since moving up to welterweight including a dominant choice win over Robbie Lawler in his final outing. The prior lightweight kingpin will probably be looking to add a second belt to his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall in the UFC and has won five-straight fights including a dominant choice on Demian Maia his last time out. This is really a incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I am expecting tight odds with this one, but maybe with a lean towards RDA, who’s more proven at the tournament level from the Octagon.
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 129
A welterweight bout featuring Michel Prazeres and Zak Cummings is the Most Recent addition to UFC Fight Night 129, which goes down Saturday, May 19 in Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. This bout was supported by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 in the UFC and has won six-straight struggles. He’s been an underrated member of this UFC lightweight division but after several failed weight cuts he’s being made to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he’s going to be among the tiniest fighters in the branch. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming off of two-straight wins, but he was recently injured during a bad weight cut for a bout against Thiago Alves and will be coming to this bout on a long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ victory in the UFC, he’s going to be a very small welterweight and Cummings has shown himself to be a winner in 170lbs. I’d expect close odds for this one with perhaps a slight lean towards Cummings, although I’d caution gambling from the underrated Prazeres even with the new weight class.
Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles, UFC Fight Night 129
A lightweight matchup involving Felipe Silva and Claudio Puelles has also been added to UFC Fight Night 129. Globo also reported that this tact. Silva (8-1) is 1-1 in the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell and a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He’s been inactive in general averaging just 1 struggle a year but has been successful when he can compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 at the UFC, having suffered a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his debut. But he’s only 21 and ought to continue to improve. This is a close fight but I’ll go with the upside and say Puelles should be preferred due to being 12 years younger, even if he hasn’t tasted success in the Octagon yet.
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