The UFC is led back into the City of Brotherly Love later this month, and a few fights are added on short notice. UFC on ESPN 2 happens March 30 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along with my initial thoughts on those new bouts are under.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN two Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to clash at UFC on ESPN 2 in what ought to be a fun fight for the fans. The Philly Voice broke news. Holland (13-4) fell a decision to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. In general, he’s won five of the last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is currently 4-2 in the UFC but is coming off of a entry loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are extremely underrated and exciting fighters at middleweight, but awarded Holland’s childhood and physiological benefits in this fight, I’d make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN 2 Due to an accident to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg now meets short-notice replacement competitor Kyler Phillips in a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall in the UFC but hasn’t fought as a submission reduction to Demetrious Johnson at October 2017. He’s dealt with a great deal in his young career and he can put the past behind him. Phillips (6-1) is making his UFC debut after picking up a head kick KO in LFA just a couple of weeks ago. He’s a veteran of the Contender Series and seems like a very promising prospect, however, he lacks the UFC experience that Borg has. I believe Phillips has a opportunity to win this particular fight, however you still have to prefer Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN two Moving upward from flyweight into bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he’ll take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC battles before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his last outing. Prior to this, he had been riding an eight-fight win series. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 at the UFC and his wife Montana de la Rosa is having a lot of success from the Octagon, but the fact he fought at a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was bothering. Like many bantamweight bouts, this ought to be aggressive, but I would still prefer Perez to receive his hands raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Due to injuries to Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their first opponents John Makdessi and Jesus Pinedo will fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 at Bridgestone Arena at Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both guys are lightweights who just lost their competitions, this is the way to keep both guys on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is really on a seven-fight win series and beat Devin Powell by decision in his UFC debut. Makdessi includes a ton of experience in the Octagon but Pinedo is just 22-years-old and looks like a fantastic prospect. I’d anticipate a close line here but given Pinedo’s youth and upside he is probably the drama in this one.
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