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 great matchups have been booked. Here are my thoughts on those two new primary events, in addition to 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 most recent addition to the piled UFC 224 card. The event takes place Saturday, May 24 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and this bout rumor was reported by Combate. Strickland (19-2) is an impressive 6-2 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Court McGee. Dos Santos (18-5) is 4-1 in the UFC and has won»Battle of the Night» 3 times, including in his decision win over Max Griffin in his final struggle. Both guys are excellent fighters who are constantly improving their matches and that I anticipate a very close gaming lineup here.
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Kamaru Usman, UFC Chile
A welterweight bout between Santiago Ponzinibbio and Kamaru Usman has been officially declared by the UFC as the headliner of UFC Fight Night 129, which takes place Saturday, May 19 in Movistar Arena at Santiago, Chile. Ponzinibbio (26-3) is 8-2 in the UFC and is currently riding a six-fight win series, with a decision win over Mike Perry his last time out. Usman (12-1) is a perfect 7-0 at the UFC and conquered Emil Weber Meek in his final outing. Both men are elite welterweights and this ought to be a great battle. Search for Usman to become preferred heading into this fight as a result of his wrestling edge.
Darren Until Armour 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 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. BJPenn.com reported that the matchup. Until (16-0-1) is 4-0-1 in the UFC and knocked out Donald Cerrone in spectacular fashion in his final fight. Thompson (14-2-1) is 9-2-1 from the UFC and is coming off of 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 all behind Till right now so that I think he will be preferred, but I personally favor Thompson to win this battle and will be eyeing him as an underdog. I’ll be quite curuous to see how the people swings the chances with this one.
Dan Ige vs. Mike Santiago, UFC 225
And finally, a welterweight bout between Dan Ige and Mike Santiago is heading to UFC 225, which takes place Saturday, June 9 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The UFC confirmed the booking. Ige (8-2) lately made his UFC debut but missing a unanimous decison to Julio Arce. Santiago (20-11) has dropped both of his UFC fights up to now from Zabit Magomedshapirov and Mads Burnell. Neither fighter seems like they’ll stick around the Octagon for extended but I would imagine Ige is a slight favourite heading into this one.
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