There are a couple new fight rumors to report on in the current MMA odds and ends, including an interim title fight that is guaranteed to excite fans. Here are the sin, Together with my initial thoughts on them:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is going to have a significant main event. An interim welterweight title bout is being 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 main 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 final outing. The prior lightweight kingpin will probably be looking to add another belt to his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall from the UFC and has won five-straight struggles including a dominant choice on Demian Maia his last time out. This is really a incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I am expecting tight chances for this particular one, but perhaps with a lean towards RDA, who is more proven in 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 at the UFC and has won six-straight fights. He has been an underrated member of the UFC lightweight division but after multiple failed weight cuts he is being forced to move up to welterweight. At 5'6???, he is likely to be among the smallest fighters in the division. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming from two-straight wins, but he had been recently injured during a lousy weight cut to get a bout against Thiago Alves and will soon be coming into this bout on a very long layoff. Despite Prazeres' victory from the UFC, he is still going to be a really modest welterweight and Cummings has shown himself to be a winner at 170lbs. I would anticipate close odds for this one with perhaps a slight lean towards Cummings, though I'd caution gambling from the underrated Prazeres even with all 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 1-1 in the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell along with a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He has been inactive in general averaging just 1 fight annually but has been successful when he can compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 at the UFC, having endured a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his debut. But he's only 21 and ought to continue to enhance. This is a close fight but I'll go with all the upside and state that Puelles ought to be favored due to being 12 years younger, even though he has not tasted success in the Octagon yet.
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