The UFC is led back into the City of Brotherly Love after this month, and a few fights are inserted on short notice. UFC on ESPN two takes place March 30 in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my first thoughts on those new bouts are under.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN 2 Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to clash at UFC on ESPN two in what ought to be an enjoyable battle for the fans. The Philly Voice broke news. Holland (13-4) fell a choice 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 in the UFC but is coming off of a submission loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are very underrated and exciting fighters at middleweight, but given Holland’s childhood and physical advantages in this particular fight, I’d make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN 2 Because of an injury to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg currently meets short-notice replacement opponent Kyler Phillips in a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall in the UFC but has not fought since a submission loss to Demetrious Johnson at October 2017. He has dealt with a lot in his young career and hopefully he can put the past behind him. Phillips (6-1) is making his UFC debut after picking up a head kick KO in LFA just a couple of weeks ago. He is a veteran of the Contender Series and seems like a very promising prospect, however, he lacks the UFC experience that Borg has. I think Phillips has a chance to win this fight, but you still must favor 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 final outing. Prior to this, he had been 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 fact he struggled in a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was troubling. Like most bantamweight bouts, this ought to be aggressive, but I would still prefer 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 now fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 at Bridgestone Arena at Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both guys are lightweights who only lost their opponents, this was the best way to keep both guys on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is on a seven-fight win streak and beat Devin Powell by decision within his UFC debut. Makdessi includes a ton of experience from the Octagon however Pinedo is just 22-years-old and seems like a great prospect. I would anticipate a close line here but given Pinedo’s youth and upside he is probably the drama in this one.
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