The UFC was busy announcing new struggles. Below are some of the newest 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 accident to Ramazan Emeev, Ismail Naurdiev has obtained a short-notice struggle against Michel Prazeres at UFC Fight Night 145, taking place February 23 in The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. MMABrasil broke the information. Prazeres (26-2) is 10-2 at the UFC entire and will be riding an eight-fight win streak at the moment. He had trouble 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’s experience fighting in ACB, and the vast majority of his wins have come by stoppage. However he has also fought an extremely low amount of rivalry and Prazeres is a major step up. I expect Prazeres for a good favorite here, and he deserves it after the recent run 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 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 record is impressive, but his lack of finishing instincts could damage him as he progresses 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 streak. His only career loss came from Leonard Garcia back in 2013, but otherwise he’s been flawless in his MMA career. This is a pretty solid matchup between two men on win stripes but according to his capacity to really complete a struggle I’d have to favor Aguilar to receive his hands raised.
Tom Breese vs. Ian Heinisch, UFC Fight Night 147
Because of an injury to Cezar Ferreira, Ian Heinisch is stepping up as an injury replacement to carry on Tom Breese in UFC Fight Night 147, taking place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. Breese (11-1) is 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of 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 conquered the aforementioned Ferreira by decision. His only career defeat came against Markus Perez, who just submitted Anthony Hernandez in UFC Fight Night 144. This looks like a really solid matchup between two middleweights with prospective title aspirations. Both Breese and Heinisch are extremely well-rounded fighters and this will be a close battle. I would have to prefer Breese just based on the fact that the fight is in England, however I expect Heinisch to be very competitive in this matchup and he is well worth considering as a dog.
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