The UFC is led back into the City of Brotherly Love later this month, and a few fights have been added on short notice. UFC on ESPN two happens 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 battle at UFC on ESPN 2 in what ought to be a fun fight for the fans. The Philly Voice broke the news. Holland (13-4) dropped a decision to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. In general, he has won five of the last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is 4-2 in the UFC but is coming off of a entry loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are very underrated and exciting fighters in middleweight, but awarded 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 two Because of an accident to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg now meets short-notice replacement competitor Kyler Phillips in a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall from the UFC but has not fought since a submission loss to Demetrious Johnson in October 2017. He has dealt with a lot in his young career and 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’s a veteran of the Contender Series and seems like a very promising prospect, but he lacks the UFC encounter that Borg has. I think Phillips has a chance to win this fight, but you still have to prefer Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN two Moving upward from flyweight to bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he’ll take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC battles before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his last outing. Prior to this, he was riding an eight-fight win streak. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 in the UFC and his wife Montana de la Rosa is getting a great deal of success from the Octagon, but the fact he fought in a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was bothering. Like many bantamweight bouts, this should be aggressive, but I would still favor Perez to receive his hand raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Because of injuries to Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their first rivals John Makdessi and Jesus Pinedo will fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 in Bridgestone Arena at Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both men are lightweights who just lost their opponents, this is the best way to keep both guys on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 at the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is really on a seven-fight win series and beat Devin Powell by decision in his UFC debut. Makdessi has a ton of experience from the Octagon however Pinedo is only 22-years-old and seems like a fantastic prospect. I’d anticipate a close lineup here but given Pinedo’s childhood and upside down he is probably the drama in this .
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