On Wednesday, the UFC held a press conference for its coming UFC Fight Night 147 card, which takes place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. A number of bouts have previously been shown for this card, including the most important event between Darren Until and Jorge Masvidal and also the co-main occasion between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson, and at the press conference the UFC shown the newest batch of preliminary bouts.
Joseph Duffy vs. Marc Diakese, UFC Fight Night 147
Lightweights Joseph Duffy and Marc Diakese meet in what ought to be an exciting connection between two strikers. NewsomeMMA first reported the news that Diakese is filling in for the injured Stevie Ray. Duffy (16-3) is 4-2 at the UFC but has not fought since a 2017 KO loss to James Vick. He’s one of those few men to conquer Conor McGregor. Diakese (12-3) is 2-3 in the UFC but those three losses have come in his last three outings. The UFC is giving Duffy a winnable battle here against a really beatable opponent in Diakese, and I totally anticipate Duffy to open as a large favorite.
Nathaniel Wood vs. Jose Quinonez, UFC Fight Night 147
Rising bantamweight star Nathaniel Wood will aim to keep his win streak when he takes on Jose Quinonez. Wood (15-3) is on a seven-fight win streak overall with submission wins at the UFC over Johnny Eduardo and Andre Ewell. Quinonez (7-2) is 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Teruto Ishihara. I understand Quinonez is on a nice win streak but to me this is a big mismatch and it looks like a fight the UFC booked in order to get Wood an impressive win in the front of the English lovers.
Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige, UFC Fight Night 147
Featherweights Danny Henry and Dan Ige will meet on this card. Henry (12-2) is on a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 at the UFC with a submission win over Hakeem Dawodu in his last outing. Ige (10-2) is 3-1 in the UFC and conquered Jordan Griffin via decision in his final bout. Although Ige has been solid in the UFC, I believe Henry has the higher ceiling and I’d tend to prefer him here.
Nad Narimani vs. Mike Grundy, UFC Fight Night 147
Top featherweight prospect Nad Narimani yields at this when he takes on UFC newcomer Mike Grundy. Narimani (12-2) is really on a five-fight win series and is 2-0 thus much in the UFC. Grundy (11-1) is a veteran of ACB and is riding an eight-fight win streak into this event. Grundy has an impressive record but given the level of competition I’d have to prefer Narimani here.
Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi, UFC Fight Night 147
And lastly, there’s an intriguing featherweight bout between Arnold Allen and Jordan Rinaldi. Allen (13-1) is 4-0 in the UFC and is riding a six-fight winning series overall. However, he has been hurt and usually fights just annually. Rinaldi (14-6) is currently 2-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Jason Knight. Though Allen is coming from a long layoff I would still need to favor him very heavily to conquer Rinaldi.
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