A couple new bouts have been reserved for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards. Below are the bouts, along with my first ideas on these.
Desmond Green vs. Charles Jourdain, UFC Fight Night 152 Desmond Green has gotten his wish. The lightweight will compete in his hometown of Rochester, New York when he meets newcomer Charles Jourdain at UFC Fight Night 152, occurring May 18 at Blue Cross Arena. The information was broken by RDS.
Green (22-8) is only 3-3 overall in the UFC but is coming from possibly the biggest win of his career, a first-round TKO win over Ross Pearson which sent the British veteran packaging into retirement. Green said he wished to fight in Rochester so bad that he would fight for free, and he’ll get his desire, only he’ll get paid when he chooses on Jourdain, who’s making his UFC debut. Jourdain (9-1) was the lightweight winner from the TKO promotion in Quebec and is coming off of four straight endings. Only 23 years old,”Air” Jourdain is among the best prospects in 155lbs and this is a superb signing for the UFC.
Having said that, Jourdain will probably be facing a difficult opponent here in Green, who’s shown he can grind his opponents out and also knock him out. I’d give the advantage to green based on his UFC experience, though Jourdain may be a live dog.
Devin Clark vs. Darko Stosic, UFC Fight Night 153
Following his light heavyweight matchup against Ivan Shtyrkov at last weekend’s UFC St. Petersburg event was scrapped last minute, Devin Clark has been quickly rebooked and he will fight high prospect Darko Stosic in UFC Fight Night 153, taking place June 1 in Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Clark himself broke the news through Instagram.
Clark (9-3) is 3-3 in the UFC and is coming off of a TKO loss to Aleksandar Rakic. Overall he’s been a disappointment from the UFC and it seems like that the matchmakers are down . Stosic (13-3) is among the best prospects at 205lbs and picked up a barbarous TKO win over Jeremy Kimball in his UFC debut to up his win streak to eight consecutive fights.
It sure looks like that the UFC is utilizing Clark as a gatekeeper at this point of his profession, and Stosic ought to be a hefty favorite 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 in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Sherdog broke the news.
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 has picked up back-to-back wins over Gerald Meerschaert and John Phillips. Di Chirico (12-2) is 3-2 in 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 favored, Di Chirico is a solid fighter and should not be counted out of this one.
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