2019年6月28日

A number of UFC heavyweights have been booked for upcoming bouts, and I’ll give my thoughts on these new matchups in the current MMA odds and ends. Ben Rothwell vs. Blagoy Ivanov, UFC Event in March Long-time heavvyweight contender Ben Rothwell will return to the Octagon if he chooses on Blagoy Ivanov in a yet-to-be-determined UFC event in March. MMA.bg first broke the news of the bout and Rothwell’s return to the Octagon. Rothwell (36-10) is 6-4 overall from the UFC dating back to 2009. He’s fought only once a year, owing in part as a result of accidents and to medication suspensions. He has not fought since a decision loss to Junior dos Santos back in April 2016, after which he was suspended by USADA for two years after testing positive for banned substances. But before the reduction to JDS, Rothwell had won four fights in a row including a TKO win over Alistair Overeem. He must immediately jump back in the top-15 when he returns to the cage. Ivanov (16-2, 1 NC) also lost a decision to JDS in his last fight, which was his UFC debut. Prior to that he had won five straight struggles in WSOF/PFL. I think Ivanov will seem better than how he did against JDS, but I’d still need to lean Rothwell here simply because of his experience and achievement in the Octagon these years. Junior dos Santos vs. Derrick Lewis, UFC Fight Night 146 Heavyweight contenders Junior dos Santos and Derrick Lewis are set to clash at UFC Fight Night 146, which can be set for March 9 in Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. MMAjunkie.com broke the news. JDS (20-5) had a excellent comeback year in 2018 with clear victories over Tai Tuivasa and Blagoy Ivanov. Lewis (21-6, 1 NC) is coming off of a submission reduction to Daniel Cormier in his unsuccessful bid to win the UFC heavyweight title, but had conquered Francis Ngannou and Alexander Volkov prior to that. This should be a top quality battle between two hard-hitting heavyweights, but JDS is the much more well-rounded fighter and I expect him to be the favored here, though of course Lewis has a puncher’s chance. I’d still anticipate JDS for a 2-to-1 favorite here. UFC Fight Night 146 vs. Daniel Spitz, jeff Hughes As well, top heavyweight prospect Jeff Hughes will create his Octagon debut against Daniel Spitz in UFC Fight Night 146. The news was reported by floCombat’s Nolan King. Hughes (10-1) has won four straight fights such as a KO win over Josh Appelt on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series for him signed into the UFC. Prior to this he had been the LFA heavyweight champion, and his lone career loss was a TKO defeat to Dan Spohn. Spitz (6-2) is currently 1-2 in the UFC with reductions to Walt Harris and Mark Godbeer along with also a TKO win to Anthony Hamilton. The UFC has reserved Hughes that a very winnable fight for his Octagon debut here against a guy like Spitz who doesn’t seem to be UFC-caliber by any means. I’d expect Hughes to be a giant favorite. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker is going to be paid if you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks. Read more: todaysportsnews.org

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