UFC Fight Night 151 happens May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, and the card lately had quite a few bouts added to it. My first thoughts on the new matchups are below.
Megan Anderson vs. Felicia Spencer, UFC Fight Night 151
An intriguing women’s featherweight bout between former Invicta champions Megan Anderson and Felicia Spencer is set to take place at UFC Fight Night 151, and the winner could very well be set up for a shot at Amanda Nunes’s 145lbs belt after she gets through her UFC 239 matchup against Holly Holm.
Anderson (9-3) lost a decision to Holm within her Octagon debut this past year in UFC 225 but rebounded nicely with a first-round TKO win over Cat Zingano in UFC 232. Together with seven stoppage wins, Anderson is among the most dangerous female featherweights out there. Spencer (6-0) won the Invicta title in her last bout, a submission win over Pam Sorensen. She’s completed four of her fights since making her MMA introduction in 2015, and the Montreal native seems to be a fantastic signing by the UFC as one of the few true female featherweights in the sport. Although Spencer should not be counted out of this struggle, given Anderson’s past UFC experience ad popularity, I’d expect her to be quite a sizeable favorite here.
Neil Magny vs. Vicente Luque, UFC Fight Night 151
Welterweight contenders Neil Magny and Vicente Luque are set 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 in the UFC with all his wins coming from stoppage, and he is currently riding a four-fight win series that comes with a knockout win over Bryan Barberena in what’s arguably so much the 2019″Fight of the Year” at MMA. Magny has been an underrated welterweight and has proven to surprise from time to time, but awarded Luque’s win series and his absurd finishing power, you have to prefer him quite heavily to get the job done .
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 fight against Tom Breese at UFC London fell through at the last minute because of some Breese medical issue. He’ll instead get the opportunity to battle a higher-ranked competition in the form of Junior, the former TUF winner.
Junior (10-2, 1 NC) is currently 7-2, 1 NC in the UFC and is now riding a five-fight win series that includes a submission win over Tim Boetsch in his last outing, which will be important to not took place last April. Heinisch (12-1) is just one a four-fight win streak and defeated Cezar Ferreira by choice within his UFC debut. This is going to be a competitive struggle, but awarded Junior’s Octagon experience and vaunted submission game, 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 set for this event. Ramos (9-2) is 3-1 in the UFC and has won his last three fights via rear-naked choke. Hubbard (10-2) has been the LFA lightweight champ and is riding a three-fight win streak into this battle. Hubbard is a fascinating prospect but Ramos has proven he can complete opponents inside 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 at the UFC and he is coming off of a contentious entry loss to Claudio Silva. Pereira (21-9, 2 NC) is making his UFC debut after a KO win in Road FC. With his UFC experience, expect Roberts to be the favorite.
Julio Arce vs. Julian Erosa, UFC Fight Night 151
And eventually, 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 out time. Erosa (22-7) is 0-3 at the UFC over two stints and is currently riding a two-fight losing skid. This looks like a good bounce-back fight for Arce, that I expect to be a sizeable favorite.
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