The UFC continued their current string of fight announcements late into the week, and also the newly-revealed bouts are listed below in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Saparbek Safarov vs. Nick Negumereanu, UFC Fight Night 147 Because of an accident to Gokhan Saki, light heavyweight Saparbek Safarov will now take on Octagon newcomer Nick Negumereanu at UFC Fight Night 147, set for March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. The information was broken by nolan King of FloCombat. Safarov (8-2) was completed by Gian Villante and Tyson Pedro in his initial two UFC fights and that he hasn’t fought in over a year today. Negumereanu (9-0) is a undefeated 24-year-old prospect fighting out of Romania that has finished all his pre-UFC competitions within the space. Despite taking the fight on short notice and creating his Octagon introduction, I like Negumereanu to win this fight. It is a pure grin on the chinny Safarov, who I hope to get cut out of the UFC if he loses this fight. The odds are already out for this one, and indeed the UFC newcomer is a 2-to-1 favorite to get his hand raised.
UFC Fight Night 148 vs. Frankie Saenz, marlon Vera The UFC has re-booked that the bantamweight bout between Marlon Vera and Frankie Saenz that has been scrapped days ahead of UFC 235 for UFC Fight Night 148, which takes place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tennessee. Vera (12-5-1) is 6-4 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back stoppage wins over Guido Cannetti and Wuliji Buren. Saenz (13-5) is 5-3 in the UFC and conquered Henry Briones and Merab Dvalishvili in his last two bouts by choice. I really don’t see the lineup shifting much from where it shut before Saenz got injured. Look for the line to be equal to that which it ended it, with Vera as a close 2-to-1 favourite.
Poliana Botelho vs. Lauren Mueller, UFC 236
Because of an arm injury, Paige VanZant is out of her women’s flyweight bout against Poliana Botelho in UFC 236 and rather Lauren Mueller is shooting the fight. The card is set for April 13 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Botelho (7-2) is 2-1 in the UFC but lost by submission to Cynthia Calvillo in her last struggle. Mueller (5-1) is 1-1 in the UFC but has been submitted by Yanan Wu in her final fight. It is another fight between two faulty fighters who could go either way, but according to name worth I would anticipate Botelho to be favored here.
Greg Hardy vs. Dmitry Smoliakov, UFC on ESPN 3
Controversial heavyweight Greg Hardy will return at UFC on ESPN 3 against Dmitry Smoliakov. The card is currently set for April 27 in BB&T Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Igor Lazorin broke the information. Hardy (3-1) lost by DQ to Allen Crowder in his UFC debut as a huge favored but’d won his three prior pro MMA bouts by knockout. Smoliakov (9-2) has been completed in bout of his UFC appearances before bouncing back with a submission win on the Russian regional arena in January. But at 36 decades of age he does not have any upside and the UFC is bringing him here to lose. I would not trust laying the juice on Hardy after what happened in his UFC debut, but I fully expect him to be a monster favorite yet again for this fight.
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