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

There are a few new fight rumors to report on in today’s MMA odds and ends, including an interim title combat that’s guaranteed to excite fans. Here are the bouts, Together with my first thoughts on these:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is about to have a significant principal event. An interim welterweight title bout has been targeted between top 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 a perfect 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 put in another belt to his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall from the UFC and has won five-straight fights including a dominant choice on Demian Maia his out time. This is a truly incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I’m expecting tight odds for this particular one, but perhaps with a lean towards RDA, who’s more proven at 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 at Movistar Arena at Santiago, Chile. This bout was confirmed by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 in the UFC and has won six-straight fights. He’s been an underrated member of this UFC lightweight branch but after several failed weight cuts he’s being made to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he is likely to be among the smallest fighters in the branch. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming off of two-straight wins, but he was recently injured during a lousy weight reduction for a bout against Thiago Alves and will soon be coming into this bout on a very long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ victory in the UFC, he is going to be a really small welterweight and Cummings has proven himself to be a winner at 170lbs. I would expect close odds for this one with possibly a slight lean towards Cummings, though I’d caution betting from 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 this bout. 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 fight a year but has been successful when he can compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 at the UFC, having suffered a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his debut. But he’s only 21 and ought to continue to enhance. That is a close fight but I will go with all the upside and say that Puelles ought to be favored due to being 12 years younger, even if he hasn’t tasted success in the Octagon yet.
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