The UFC is led back to the City of Brotherly Love after this month, and a few fights are added on short notice. UFC on ESPN 2 takes place March 30 in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my initial thoughts on those new bouts are under.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN 2 Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to battle at UFC on ESPN two in what should be a fun fight for the fans. The Philly Voice broke news. Holland (13-4) dropped a decision to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. Overall, he has won five of the last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is currently 4-2 at the UFC but is coming from a submission loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are extremely underrated and exciting fighters at middleweight, but awarded Holland’s childhood and physical benefits in this particular fight, I’d make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN two Because of an accident to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg currently meets short-notice replacement opponent Kyler Phillips at a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall from the UFC but has not fought since a submission loss to Demetrious Johnson in October 2017. He’s dealt with a great deal in his young career and he can put the past behind him. Phillips (6-1) is making his UFC debut after picking up a head kick KO in LFA only a few weeks ago. He’s a veteran of the Contender Series and seems like a very promising prospect, however, he lacks the UFC encounter that Borg has. I think Phillips has a chance to win this fight, however you still must prefer Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN two Moving up from flyweight into bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he will take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC fights before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his last outing. Prior to that, he was riding an eight-fight win streak. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 in the UFC and his spouse Montana de la Rosa is having a lot of success from the Octagon, but the truth he fought at a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was troubling. Like most bantamweight bouts, this should be aggressive, but I’d still favor Perez to get his hand raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Because of accidents Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their original rivals John Makdessi and Jesus Pinedo will fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 at Bridgestone Arena at Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both men are lightweights who only lost their opponents, this was the way to keep both men on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 at the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is on a seven-fight win streak and conquer Devin Powell by decision in his UFC debut. Makdessi includes a ton of experience in the Octagon but Pinedo is only 22-years-old and looks like a great prospect. I would anticipate a close lineup here but awarded Pinedo’s youth and upside down he is probably the play in this one.
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