MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: RDA VS. COVINGTON TARGETED FOR UFC 224

There are a couple new battle rumors to report on in today’s MMA odds and ends, such as an interim title combat that’s guaranteed to excite fans. Here are the bouts, Together with my initial thoughts on these:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is going to have a serious main event. An interim welterweight title bout has been targeted between leading conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington has been targeted for the primary event over the previously-announced women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. RDA (29-9) is an ideal 3-0 since moving up to welterweight such as a dominant choice win over Robbie Lawler in his last outing. The prior lightweight kingpin will probably be seeking to add another belt to his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall from the UFC and has won five-straight fights including a dominant decision on Demian Maia his last time out. This is a truly incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I am expecting tight chances for this particular one, but maybe with a lean towards RDA, who is more proven in the tournament level in the Octagon.
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 129
A welterweight bout featuring Michel Prazeres and Zak Cummings is the Most Recent addition to UFC Fight Night 129, which extends down Saturday, May 19 in Movistar Arena at Santiago, Chile. This bout was supported by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 at the UFC and has won six-straight fights. He’s been an underrated member of this UFC lightweight division but after several failed weight cuts he’s being forced to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he is going to be one of the tiniest fighters in the branch. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming off of two-straight wins, but he had been recently injured during a bad weight cut to get a bout against Thiago Alves and will soon be coming to this bout on a long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ victory from the UFC, he’s still going to be a really small welterweight and Cummings has proven himself to be a winner at 170lbs. I would expect close odds with this one with perhaps a little lean towards Cummings, although I’d caution betting against the underrated Prazeres despite the new weight class.
Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles, UFC Fight Night 129
A lightweight matchup involving Felipe Silva and Claudio Puelles has also been added to UFC Fight Night 129. Globo also reported that this tact. Silva (8-1) is currently 1-1 at the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell along with a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He has been inactive in overall averaging only one struggle a year but continues to be successful when he can compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 in the UFC, having suffered a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his introduction. But he’s only 21 and ought to continue to improve. That is a close fight but I’ll go with all the upside and say that Puelles should be preferred because of being 12 years younger, even though he has not tasted victory in the Octagon yet.
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