The UFC has been busy announcing new fights. Following are a few of the new forthcoming midnight set for spring UFC cards, and my first thoughts on them.
Michel Prazeres vs. Ismail Naurdiev, UFC Fight Night 145
Because of an injury to Ramazan Emeev, Ismail Naurdiev has obtained a short-notice struggle against Michel Prazeres in UFC Fight Night 145, occurring February 23 at The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. MMABrasil broke the information. Prazeres (26-2) is 10-2 at the UFC overall and will be riding an eight-fight win series right now. He had difficulty making the lightweight limit of 155lbs and because moving up to welterweight has looked even better using back-to-back wins over Zak Cummings and Bartosz Fabinski. Naurdiev (17-2) is making his UFC debut on the potency of back-to-back knockout wins. He has experience fighting in ACB, along with the majority of his wins have come by stoppage. But he has also fought a very low amount of rivalry and Prazeres is a major step up. I anticipate Prazeres to be a solid favorite here, and he deserves it after the current series he has went on inside the Octagon.
Enrique Barzola vs. Kevin Aguilar, UFC on ESPN two Featherweights Enrique Barzola and Kevin Aguilar are set to meet UFC on ESPN two, taking place March 30 in Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. MMAWeekly broke the information. Barzola (15-3-1) is 5-1 in the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win streak with all of his wins coming by choice. Barzola’s album is remarkable, but his lack of finishing instincts could hurt him as he advances up the featherweight ranks. Aguilar (16-1) is coming from a successful UFC debut when he won a unanimous decision over Rick Glenn, and overall he’s riding an eight-fight win series. His only career loss came from Leonard Garcia back in 2013, but he’s been perfect in his MMA career. This is a pretty solid matchup between two guys on win stripes but according to his ability to actually complete a struggle I would have to favor Aguilar to receive his hands raised.
Tom Breese vs. Ian Heinisch, UFC Fight Night 147
Due to an injury to Cezar Ferreira, Ian Heinisch is stepping up as an injury replacement to take on Tom Breese in UFC Fight Night 147, taking place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. Breese (11-1) is currently 4-1 at the UFC and is coming from a TKO win over Dan Kelly in his middleweight debut. Heinisch (12-1) is now riding a four-fight win streak and is coming from a successful UFC debut when he defeated the aforementioned Ferreira by decision. His only career defeat came from Markus Perez, who only submitted Anthony Hernandez at UFC Fight Night 144. This looks like a very solid matchup between two middleweights with future title ambitions. The two Breese and Heinisch are extremely well-rounded fighters and this is going to be a close fight. I would have to favor Breese only based on the fact that the fight is in England, but I anticipate Heinisch to be very competitive in this matchup and that he could be well worth looking at as a dog.
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