MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: TWO INJURY REPLACEMENT BOUTS ANNOUNCED

Another day, another injury — in fact, this time there were just two. For today’s MMA Odds and Ends, I’ll list the two fights that were changed and give my thoughts on each of them. Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili, UFC Fight Night 66 Alex White has been forced to pull out of his struggle with Mark Eddiva in UFC Fight Night 66, and Levan Makashvili will now take on Eddiva on extremely short notice since the card takes place May 16 at Mall of Asia Arena at Pasay, Philippines. Eddiva is 1-1 in the UFC with a surprise conclusion win over Jumabieke Tuerxun and also a TKO loss to Kevin Souza. He has really outperformed expectations inside the Octagon and overall is a fairly solid grinder who will bang a bit. Makashvili, meanwhile, is a grinder-type who is making his UFC debut. He was supposed to combat Nik Lentz back in UFC Fight Night 60, but the struggle was cancelled at the last minute when Lentz got sick. This is a difficult one. I would argue Makashvili is the better fighter and the greater prospect of the pair, but Eddiva has the UFC experience and he will be fighting in his home country of Manila here. Eddiva isn’t the kind of fighter who will get much respect from the betting public, but he is pretty strong and I believe he puts up a good fight against Makashvili. I would anticipate a close line with this one having a small lean towards Makashvili because he has a little more hype surrounding him, but it’s a fight I think can go either way. Jake Collier vs. Ricardo Abreu, UFC Fight Night 68 Due to an injury to Daniel Sarafian, Ricardo Abreu had a new competitor and the UFC called upon Jake Collier to combat him UFC Fight Night 68, which takes place June 6 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Collier is 0-1 in the UFC with a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Miranda in his introduction. He was doing very well in the fight and then in the conclusion of the first round faded badly and paid for it using a KO conquer. Abreu, on the other hand, is undefeated at 5-0 in his profession and conquered Wagner Silva via entry in his UFC debut. On the other hand, the fight was a year ago and that he has not fought since, so he will presumably have some ring rust heading into this one. That is another tough one. I believe Collier is the better fighter of the two, but he is not a person to be reliable with your hard-earned cash after we watched what happened in his UFC debut. I really don’t think Abreu is as good as his record indicates, but he’s a fantastic shot of picking up a win in this fight. It’s a close one, though, one that could go either way, and I hope the line to reflect that.

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