UFC PHILADELPHIA ADDS KEVIN HOLLAND VS. GERALD MEERSCHAERT

The UFC is led back to the City of Brotherly Love after this month, and a few fights have been added on short notice. UFC on ESPN two takes place March 30 in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along with my first thoughts on those new bouts are below. Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN two Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to clash at UFC on ESPN two in what should be an enjoyable battle for the fans. The Philly Voice broke news. Holland (13-4) dropped a choice to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. Overall, he’s won five of his last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is 4-2 in the UFC but is coming from a entry loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are extremely underrated and exciting fighters in middleweight, but given Holland’s childhood and physiological advantages in this fight, I would make him the favorite here. Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN two Due to an injury to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg now meets short-notice replacement opponent Kyler Phillips at a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall from the UFC but has not fought since a submission loss to Demetrious Johnson at October 2017. He has dealt with a lot in his young career and he could put the past behind him. Phillips (6-1) is making his UFC debut after picking up a head kick KO in LFA just a few weeks ago. He is a veteran of the Contender Series and seems like a very promising prospect, but he lacks the UFC encounter that Borg has. I think Phillips has a opportunity to win this particular fight, however you still must favor Borg. Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN 2 Moving upward from flyweight into bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he will take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC fights before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his final outing. Prior to that, he was riding an eight-fight win streak. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 at the UFC and his wife Montana de la Rosa is having a lot of success in the Octagon, but the truth he fought at a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was bothering. Like most bantamweight bouts, this ought to be aggressive, but I would still prefer Perez to receive his hand raised. John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148 Because of injuries to Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their first opponents John Makdessi and Jesus Pinedo will now fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena at Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both men are lightweights who only lost their opponents, this was the best way to maintain both men on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 at the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is on a seven-fight win series and conquer Devin Powell by choice within his UFC debut. Makdessi includes a ton of experience in the Octagon but Pinedo is just 22-years-old and looks like a great prospect. I’d expect a close lineup here but given Pinedo’s childhood and upside he’s probably the drama in this one. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker is going to be compensated should you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks. Read more: dreamnxtlevel.com

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