The UFC has been busy announcing new struggles. Below are some of the newest forthcoming midnight set for spring UFC cards, and my initial thoughts on them.
Michel Prazeres vs. Ismail Naurdiev, UFC Fight Night 145
Because of an accident to Ramazan Emeev, Ismail Naurdiev has obtained a short-notice fight against Michel Prazeres in UFC Fight Night 145, taking place February 23 at The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. MMABrasil broke the information. Prazeres (26-2) is 10-2 in the UFC overall and is riding an eight-fight win series right now. He had trouble making the lightweight limit of 155lbs and because moving up to welterweight has arguably 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’s experience fighting in ACB, and the majority of his wins have come by stoppage. But he’s also fought an extremely low amount of competition and Prazeres is a major step up. I anticipate Prazeres to be a good favorite here, and he deserves it after the recent series he has went on within the Octagon.
Enrique Barzola vs. Kevin Aguilar, UFC on ESPN 2 Featherweights Enrique Barzola and Kevin Aguilar are set to match UFC on ESPN 2, occurring March 30 at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The information was broken by mMAWeekly. Barzola (15-3-1) is 5-1 at the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win streak together with all of his wins coming from choice. Barzola’s record is remarkable, but his lack of finishing instincts could damage him as he advances up the featherweight ranks. Aguilar (16-1) is coming from a powerful 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 otherwise he’s been perfect in his MMA career. This is a fairly solid matchup between two men on win stripes but based on his ability to really complete a struggle I’d have to prefer Aguilar to get his hand 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 carry on Tom Breese at UFC Fight Night 147, taking place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. Breese (11-1) is currently 4-1 in the UFC and is coming from a TKO win over Dan Kelly in his middleweight debut. Heinisch (12-1) is currently riding a four-fight win series and is coming from a successful UFC introduction when he conquered the above Ferreira by decision. His only career defeat came against Markus Perez, who just submitted Anthony Hernandez at UFC Fight Night 144. This looks like a really good matchup between two middleweights with prospective name aspirations. The two Breese and Heinisch are extremely well-rounded fighters and this is going to be a close battle. I would have to favor Breese only based on the fact the fight is in England, however I anticipate Heinisch to be very aggressive in this matchup and that he could be well worth considering as a dog.
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