A couple new bouts have been reserved for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards. Below are the bouts, together with my thoughts on these.
UFC Fight Night 152 vs. Charles Jourdain, desmond Green Desmond Green has gotten his wish. The lightweight will compete in his hometown of Rochester, New York when he meets newcomer Charles Jourdain in UFC Fight Night 152, occurring May 18 at Blue Cross Arena. The information broke.
Green (22-8) is just 3-3 overall in the UFC but is coming off of arguably the biggest win of his career, a first-round TKO win over Ross Pearson that sent the British veteran packing into retirement. Green said he wanted to fight in Rochester so bad he would struggle for free, and he will get his desire, just he’ll get paid when he takes on Jourdain, who’s making his UFC debut. Jourdain (9-1) has been the lightweight champion from the TKO promotion in Quebec and is coming off of four straight finishes. Just 23 years old,”Air” Jourdain is among the top prospects at 155lbs and this is a great signing for the UFC.
Having said that, Jourdain will probably be facing a difficult competitor here in Green, who has shown he can grind out his enemies and also knock him out. I’d give the advantage to green according to his UFC experience, though Jourdain could be a dog.
Devin Clark vs. Darko Stosic, UFC Fight Night 153
After his light heavyweight matchup against Ivan Shtyrkov at last weekend’s UFC St. Petersburg occasion was scrapped last minute, Devin Clark has been quickly rebooked and he’ll fight top prospect Darko Stosic in UFC Fight Night 153, occurring June 1 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Clark himself broke the news through Instagram.
Clark (9-3) is 3-3 at the UFC and is coming off of a TKO loss to Aleksandar Rakic. Overall he has been a disappointment from the UFC and it looks like the matchmakers are down on him. Stosic (13-3) is one of the best prospects in 205lbs and picked up a vicious TKO win over Jeremy Kimball in his UFC debut up his win streak to eight straight fights.
It sure looks like that the UFC is utilizing Clark as a gatekeeper at this point of his profession, and Stosic should be quite a hefty favored to get the win in this struggle.
Kevin Holland vs. Alessio Di Chirico, UFC Fight Night 154
Middleweights Kevin Holland and Alessio Di Chirico are set to battle at UFC Fight Night 154, which takes place June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Sherdog broke the information.
Holland (14-4) is 1-2 in the UFC after being signed after a successful stint on the Contender Series. After dropping a decision to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut, he’s picked up back-to-back wins over Gerald Meerschaert and John Phillips. Di Chirico (12-2) is 3-2 at the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Oluwale Bamgbose and Julian Marquez.
This should be a really competitive fight, and while I really do anticipate Holland to be preferred, Di Chirico is a good fighter and shouldn’t be counted from the one.
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