UFC Fight Night 151 happens May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, and also the card recently had quite a few bouts added to it. My initial thoughts on the new matchups are under.
Megan Anderson vs. Felicia Spencer, UFC Fight Night 151
A fascinating women’s featherweight bout between former Invicta champions Megan Anderson and Felicia Spencer is set to happen at UFC Fight Night 151, and the winner could very well be set up to get a shot in Amanda Nunes’s 145lbs belt after she gets through her UFC 239 matchup against Holly Holm.
Anderson (9-3) chose to Holm in her Octagon debut last year in UFC 225 but rebounded nicely with a first-round TKO win over Cat Zingano at UFC 232. Together with seven stoppage wins, Anderson is one of the most dangerous female featherweights on the market. Spencer (6-0) won the Invicta title in her final bout, a submission win over Pam Sorensen. She has completed four of her struggles since making her MMA debut in 2015, and the Montreal native appears to be a fantastic signing by the UFC as among the few true female featherweights from the game. Although Spencer should not be counted from this struggle, awarded Anderson’s previous UFC experience ad popularity, I’d expect her to become quite a big favorite here.
Neil Magny vs. Vicente Luque, UFC Fight Night 151
Welterweight contenders Neil Magny and Vicente Luque are place to match, according to a report from Farah Hannoun. Magny (21-7) is 14-6 in the UFC and is coming from a brutal KO loss to Santiago Ponziibbio past November. Luque (15-6-1) is 8-2 at the UFC with all his wins coming by stoppage, and he is now riding a four-fight win streak that comes with a knockout win over Bryan Barberena in what’s arguably so much the 2019″Fight of the Year” in MMA. Magny has been an underrated welterweight and has proven to surprise from time to time, but given Luque’s win series and his absurd finishing power, you have to favor him quite heavily to get the business done here.
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Ian Heinisch, UFC Fight Night 151
Middleweights Antonio Carlos Junior and Ian Heinisch are set to lock horns after Heinisch’s struggle against Tom Breese in UFC London fell through at the last minute due to a Breese medical issue. He’ll instead get the chance to fight a higher-ranked competition in the kind of Junior, the prior TUF winner.
Junior (10-2, 1 NC) is currently 7-2, 1 NC at the UFC and is now riding a five-fight win streak that includes a submission win over Tim Boetsch in his final outing, which is important to not occurred last April. Heinisch (12-1) is just one a four-fight win series and defeated Cezar Ferreira by choice within his UFC debut. This will be a competitive struggle, but awarded Junior’s Octagon encounter and vaunted submission match, you need to slightly favor him to win this bout.
Davi Ramos vs. Austin Hubbard, UFC Fight Night 151
A lightweight bout between Davi Ramos and Austin Hubbard is place for this particular event. Ramos (9-2) is 3-1 at the UFC and has won his last three fights via rear-naked choke. Hubbard (10-2) was the LFA lightweight champ and is riding a three-fight win streak into this battle. Hubbard is an intriguing prospect but Ramos has proven he can complete opponents within the Octagon, and he must be a solid favorite here.
Danny Roberts vs. Michel Pereira, UFC Fight Night 151
Welterweights Danny Roberts and Michel Pereira are place to fight. Roberts (16-4) is currently 5-3 in the UFC and he’s coming from a controversial submission reduction to Claudio Silva. Pereira (21-9, 2 NC) is making his UFC debut after a KO win in Road FC. Together with his UFC experience, expect Roberts to be the favorite.
Julio Arce vs. Julian Erosa, UFC Fight Night 151
And finally, a featherweight bout between Julio Arce and Julian Erosa is set, according to a report by Nolan King of FloCombat. Arce (15-3) is 2-1 at the UFC and lately had a seven-fight win streak snapped with a split decision loss to Sheymon Moraes his last time out. Erosa (22-7) is 0-3 in the UFC over two stints and is currently riding a two-fight losing skid. This looks like a fantastic bounce-back fight for Arce, that I expect to be a sizeable favorite.
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