MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR MONDAY: TILL VS. THOMPSON, USMAN VS. PONZINIBBIO BOOKED
The UFC welterweight division continues to add new high-profile matchups. Just a couple of days after Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington was targeted at an interim name fight at UFC 224, two more great matchups have been booked. Here are my ideas on those two new main events, as well as some other bouts recently declared by the UFC, recorded in chronological order.
Sean Strickland vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, UFC 224
A welterweight bout between Sean Strickland and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos is the latest addition to the piled UFC 224 card. The event takes place Saturday, May 24 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and this bout rumor premiered by Combate. Strickland (19-2) is a remarkable 6-2 from the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Court McGee. Dos Santos (18-5) is 4-1 in the UFC and has won”Battle of the Night” three occasions, such as in his decision win over Max Griffin in his final struggle. Both men are excellent fighters who are continuously improving their matches and I expect a very close betting line here.
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Kamaru Usman, UFC Chile
A welterweight bout between Santiago Ponzinibbio and Kamaru Usman was officially declared by the UFC since the headliner of UFC Fight Night 129, which takes place Saturday, May 19 at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. Ponzinibbio (26-3) is 8-2 in the UFC and is now riding a six-fight win streak, with a decision win over Mike Perry his out time. Usman (12-1) is a perfect 7-0 in the UFC and conquered Emil Weber Meek in his final outing. Both guys are elite welterweights and this should be a fantastic battle. Search for Usman to become favored heading into this fight due to his wrestling advantage.
Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson, UFC Liverpool
A welterweight showdown involving Darren Until and Stephen Thompson is expected to headline UFC Fight Night 130, which takes place Sunday, May 27 in Echo Arena at Liverpool, England. BJPenn.com reported that the matchup. Until (16-0-1) is 4-0-1 in the UFC and pumped out Donald Cerrone in spectacular style in his final fight. Thompson (14-2-1) is 9-2-1 from the UFC and is coming from a unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal. This is one hell of a matchup between two of the welterweight division’s elite strikers. All the hype is behind Till right now so that I think he’ll be preferred, however I personally prefer Thompson to win this battle and will be eyeing him as an underdog. I’ll be very curuous to view how the people swings the odds with this one.
Dan Ige vs. Mike Santiago, UFC 225
And lastly, a welterweight bout between Dan Ige and Mike Santiago is heading to UFC 225, that takes place Saturday, June 9 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The UFC affirmed the reservation. Ige (8-2) recently made his UFC debut but missing a unanimous decison into Julio Arce. Santiago (20-11) has dropped both of his UFC struggles up to now from Zabit Magomedshapirov and Mads Burnell. Neither fighter seems like they’ll stick around the Octagon for extended but I would envision Ige is a little favourite heading into this one.
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