• 15 Sep, 2019

The UFC recently announced the initial batch of bouts for the upcoming UFC 239 blockbuster card that takes place July 6 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In last week’s MMA Odds and Ends, I gave my first thoughts on the two title fights on top of the bill containing Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos for the UFC light heavyweight title and Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm for the UFC women’s bantamweight title. Additionally, I gave my thoughts onto a fascinating light heavyweight matchup between Luke Rockhold and Jan Blachowicz. Well, it seems the UFC wants to truly have a particular card for this season’s International Fight Week occasion, since based on ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, two exciting conflicts have been reserved for UFC 239. One is a welterweight matchup involving Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal, and the other is a heavyweight bout between Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos. Below are my initial thoughts on the fights Ben Askren vs. Jorge Masvidal, UFC 239 Welterweight contenders Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal meet at UFC 239 with a potential title shot on the line. UFC president Dana White initially told reporters following UFC 235 that the advertising proposed a rematch between Askren and Robbie Lawler, but once Lawler was booked at a rematch against Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN 4 it opened up the door for Askren to combat an original face. Many figured that the UFC would take the bait and publication Masvidal against Leon Edwards following their backstage scuffle at UFC London, but the promotion has instead decided to match Askren and Masvidal up in a prospective No. 1 contender’s bout. Askren (19-0, 1 NC) had an odd UFC debut against Lawler, but finally did end up getting his hand raised. After living a difficult slam and also an early onslaught of floor punches, Askren managed to put Lawler at a bulldog choke, coaxing a ghost tapout out of referee Herb Dean. Fans did not wish to find a rematch, however, and the UFC ultimately recorded, providing”Funky” a new opponent. The prior Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight champion is undefeated in his career and is now riding a five-fight win series that includes four victories via stoppage. Together with his ability to talk a big game, Askren has rapidly becoming fan popular amongst UFC lovers, and the promotion has taken notice. Masvidal (33-13) is 10-6 overall in the UFC and is coming off of possibly the biggest win of his career, a brutal KO victory over Darren Till in the main event of UFC London. Masvidal had become a gatekeeper in 170lbs and had no fought in over a year after back-to-back decision losses to Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia. But all of us know MMA is a”what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” sport along with the win over indefinitely increased Masvidal’s inventory to the maximum level it has his whole career. He had been due for a huge fight, along with the UFC believes this matchup against Askren is the best fight possible. I adore this matchup, and I’m glad the UFC decided to book it since it’s an intriguing fight between two veterans of the game who are looking to acquire a title shot. Given Askren’s undefeated record along with his remarkable wrestling pedigree, I believe you need to give him the standing of betting favorite heading into this particular bout. But with Masvidal having strong takedown defense and a superior striking assault, he will be a live puppy once again. Francis Ngannou vs. Junior dos Santos, UFC 239 As well, a heavyweight bout between Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos is famous for UFC 239, together with the winner likely stepping into the role of No. 1 rival to champion Daniel Cormier’s belt. Ngannou (13-3) is 8-2 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back knockout wins over Curtis Blaydes and Cain Velasquez. After two awful performances against Derrick Lewis and Stipe Miocic, it seems Ngannou has found his groove again in the heavyweight division. Dos Santos (21-5) is 15-4 at the UFC and is now riding a three-fight win streak over Lewis, Blagoy Ivanov and Tai Tuivasa. The former UFC heavyweight champ is starting to seem like his old self once more, and at this point could be in contention for a UFC Hall of Fame spot. Both men are on a roll at the moment, but given the reality Ngannou has taken much less harm in his profession and gets got the hype train behind him again, I’d venture to guess he will be a tiny favorite here. Fantastic battle, also UFC 239 is starting to form up as the ideal card of the year even without Conor McGregor accessible to battle. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker is going to be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks. Read more:

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Dr. Patrick Cohn is the owner of Peak Performance Sports and a world-renowned mental training expert who works with athletes of all levels including junior, collegiate, professional, and senior athletes.
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