• 11 Sep, 2019

The UFC was occupied announcing bouts for upcoming fight cards in recent weeks, and below are my thoughts on some of those newly-announced bouts for UFC Philadelphia and UFC Russia. Josh Emmett vs. Michael Johnson, UFC on ESPN two Featherweight competition Josh Emmett will come back from a lengthy layoff if he takes on Michael Johnson in UFC on ESPN 2, which takes place March 30 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ESPN broke news of this struggle. Emmett (13-2) is currently 4-2 at the UFC but hasn’t fought because a brutal KO loss to Jeremy Stephens in February 2018. He rocketed up the ranks with a knockout win over Ricardo Lamas however, the loss to Stephens where he broke his nose was a big setback. Johnson (19-13) is 11-9 at the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back choice wins over Andre Fili and Artem Lobov. However, he’d lost three consecutive fights before that. Although Johnson is inconsistent, we know how great he is when he is at his best, as well as Emmett coming from such a lengthy layoff you have to fade him here and prefer Johnson to win this battle. Ray Borg vs. Pingyuan Liu, UFC on ESPN two Ray Borg will move up to bantamweight if he takes on Pingyuan Liu at UFC on ESPN 2. The Philly Voice broke news. Borg (11-3) is currently 5-3 at the UFC but has not fought since a submission loss to Demetrious Johnson in October 2017. He was one of the best flyweights in the UFC but will soon be moving up to bantamweight now and it will be intriguing to see if he can make a run in his new weight class. Liu (13-5) is riding a nine-fight win series including a 2-0 mark at the Octagon with wins over Damian Stasiak and Martin Day. Even though he’s moving up to bantamweight, there’s no doubt Borg is going to be a big favorite here just according to his UFC experience and level of competition. Marcin Tybura vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov, UFC Fight Night 149 Heavyweights Marcin Tybura and Shamil Abdurakhimov will square off at UFC Fight Night 149, set for April 20 at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Tybura (17-4) is 4-3 at the UFC and won a decision over Stefan Struve in his final outing. Abdurakhimov (19-4) is 4-2 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Andrei Arlovski and Chase Sherman. It’s heavyweight MMA so that you can’t ever be certain of the outcome, but I believe Tybura is the better fighter and ought to be favored here. Emil Weber Meek vs. Sultan Aliev, UFC Fight Night 149 Welterweights Emil Weber Meek and Sultan Aliev will also meet at UFC Fight Night 149. Meek (9-4, 1 NC) is currently 1-2 in the UFC and is coming off of consecutive declines to Kamaru Usman and Bartosz Fabinski. Aliev (14-3) is 1-2 at the UFC and is coming off of a TKO loss to Warlley Alves. Both guys have been disappointments in the UFC, but Meek generally gets more respect from bettors and that I suppose he’ll be preferred here. Krzysztof Jotko vs. Roman Kopylov, UFC Fight Night 149 And lastly, a middleweight bout will visit Krzysztof Jotko take on UFC newcomer Roman Kopylov at UFC Fight Night 149. Jotko (19-4) is 6-4 in the UFC however is riding a three-fight losing skid including back-to-back KO losses to Uriah Hall and Brad Tavares. Kopylov (8-0) is making his UFC debut after going undefeated on the Russian regional scene. It is hard to back Jotko following his current win streak, and I expect the undefeated Kopylov are the preferred here. Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks. Read more: theboxinghype.com

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