The UFC was busy announcing new struggles. Below are some of the new 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 injury to Ramazan Emeev, Ismail Naurdiev has taken a short-notice struggle against Michel Prazeres at UFC Fight Night 145, occurring February 23 in The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. MMABrasil broke the information. Prazeres (26-2) is 10-2 at the UFC overall and will be riding an eight-fight win series right now. He had trouble making the lightweight limit of 155lbs and since 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, along with the majority of his wins have come by stoppage. However he’s also fought a very low level of competition and Prazeres is a significant step up. I anticipate Prazeres for a solid favorite here, and he deserves it after the current series he’s went on within the Octagon.
Enrique Barzola vs. Kevin Aguilar, UFC on ESPN 2 Featherweights Enrique Barzola and Kevin Aguilar are set to meet at UFC on ESPN two, taking place March 30 in Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The news broke. Barzola (15-3-1) is 5-1 at the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win series together with all his wins coming from decision. Barzola’s album is impressive, but his lack of completing 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 is 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 good matchup between two guys on win streaks but based on his capacity to really finish a fight I would have to prefer 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 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 now riding a four-fight win streak and is coming from a successful UFC introduction when he defeated the above Ferreira by decision. His only career defeat came against Markus Perez, who only filed Anthony Hernandez at UFC Fight Night 144. This looks like a very good matchup between two middleweights with prospective name ambitions. The two Breese and Heinisch are very well-rounded fighters and this will be a close battle. I would have to favor Breese only based on the fact the struggle is in England, however I anticipate Heinisch to be very competitive in this matchup and that he could be well worth looking at as a puppy.
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