A few new bouts have been shown for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards, and they’re listed below along with my first thoughts on them.
Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz 3, UFC Fight Night 151
In a trilogy struggle, Charles Oliveira meets Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 151, set for May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. These two have met previously, using a No Contest in their very first meeting after Oliveira landed an illegal knee that caused the finish, and after that a submission win for Oliveira in the rematch. They compete for a third and final time. Oliveira (26-8, 1 NC) is 14-8, 1 NC total from the UFC and has won four straight fights, all by submission. He holds the record for the most submissions in UFC history, with 13. Lentz (30-9-2, 1 NC) is currently 14-6-1, 1 NC in the UFC and has won back-to-back fights over Scott Holtzman and Gray Maynard and has evolved from a grinding wrestling into a well-rounded mixed martial artist. Given that Oliveira has already beaten Lentz by submission and is as sexy as any lightweight on earth right now, he should be a sizeable preferred to win against the trilogy struggle, though I wouldn’t fully count Lentz out.
Andrea Lee vs. Montana De La Rosa, UFC Fight Night 153
Women’s flyweights Andrea Lee and Montana De La Rosa will fulfill UFC Fight Night 153, taking place June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Nolan King of all FloCombat broke the news. Lee (10-2) is 2-0 in the UFC and is riding an impressive six-fight win streak complete with back-to-back wins over Ashlee Evans-Smith and Veronica Macedo. De La Rosa (10-4) is 3-0 in the UFC with three wins by submission such as a tapout over Rachael Ostovich. Eight of her 10 career wins have really come by submission, making her one of the very dangerous flyweight prospects at the UFC right now. These are a couple of the greatest prospects in 125lbs, but the fact De La Rosa is finishing all of her fights need to make her the betting favorite going into it.
Jordan Griffin vs. Chas Skelly, UFC on ESPN 4
Featherweights Jordan Griffin and Chas Skelly are set to meet at UFC on ESPN 4, occurring June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Griffin (17-6) lost a decision to Dan Ige within his UFC debut that snapped his four-fight win streak, which included a triumph on Dana White’s Contender Series that initially got him to the UFC. The fact Ige simply ruined Danny Henry makes Griffin’s close decision loss look somewhat better, however, he definitely needs to conquer Skelly here and get started constructing a new win streak if he wants to become a featherweight contender in the UFC. Skelly (17-4) has a winning record of 7-4 in the UFC but is coming off of back-to-back stoppage declines to Bobby Moffett and Jason Knight. At one point in time he looked like a featherweight on the upswing, but his last few performances were weak and he wants to rebound here against Griffin. This ought to be a competitive fight, but it could be a good spot to fade Skelly and take Griffin if he’s available at dog money.
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