A few new bouts are booked for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards. Below are the bouts, along with my first ideas on them.
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 beginner Charles Jourdain at UFC Fight Night 152, occurring May 18 at Blue Cross Arena. The information broke.
Green (22-8) is only 3-3 overall in the UFC but is coming off of possibly the biggest win of his career, a first-round TKO win over Ross Pearson which delivered the British veteran packaging into retirement. Green said he wished to fight in Rochester so bad that he would struggle for free, and he’ll get his wish, only he’ll get paid when he takes on Jourdain, who’s making his UFC debut. Jourdain (9-1) was the lightweight winner from the TKO advertising in Quebec and is coming from four straight finishes. Only 23 years old,”Air” Jourdain is one of the top prospects at 155lbs and this is a great signing for the UFC.
Having said that, Jourdain will be facing a difficult competitor here in Green, who has proven he can grind out his enemies and knock him out. I would give the advantage to green based on his UFC encounter, 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 was 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 via Instagram.
Clark (9-3) is 3-3 in the UFC and is coming from 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 top prospects in 205lbs and picked up a vicious TKO win over Jeremy Kimball in his UFC debut up his win streak to eight consecutive fights.
It sure looks like the UFC is utilizing Clark as a gatekeeper at this point of his career, and Stosic should be quite a hefty favored to get the win in this fight.
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 currently 1-2 at the UFC after being signed following a successful stint on the Contender Series. After dropping a choice 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 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Oluwale Bamgbose and Julian Marquez.
This ought to be a very competitive struggle, and while I really do anticipate Holland to be preferred, Di Chirico is a good fighter and shouldn’t be counted from this one.
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