UFC Fight Night 151 happens May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, and the card recently had a number of 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 happen at UFC Fight Night 151, and the winner could very well be set up to get a shot at Amanda Nunes’s 145lbs belt after she gets through her UFC 239 matchup against Holly Holm.
Anderson (9-3) chose to Holm in her Octagon debut this past year in UFC 225 but rebounded nicely with a first-round TKO win over Cat Zingano at UFC 232. With seven stoppage wins, Anderson is among the most dangerous female featherweights out there. Spencer (6-0) won the Invicta name in her final bout, a submission win over Pam Sorensen. She’s completed four of her fights since making her MMA debut in 2015, and the Montreal native seems to be a great signing by the UFC as one of the few authentic female featherweights in the game. Although Spencer should not be counted out of this struggle, awarded Anderson’s previous UFC experience advertising popularity, I would expect her to be quite a big 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 off of a brutal KO loss to Santiago Ponziibbio past November. Luque (15-6-1) is 8-2 at the UFC with all his wins coming by stoppage, and he’s currently riding a four-fight win series that includes a knockout win over Bryan Barberena in what’s arguably so much the 2019″Fight of the Year” at MMA. Magny has long been an underrated welterweight, and it has known to surprise from time to time, but awarded Luque’s win streak and his ridiculous 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 struggle against Tom Breese in UFC London fell through at the last minute due to some Breese medical dilemma. He’ll instead get the opportunity to battle a higher-ranked opponent in the kind of Junior, the prior TUF winner.
Junior (10-2, 1 NC) is 7-2, 1 NC at the UFC and is currently riding a five-fight win streak that includes a submission win over Tim Boetsch in his final outing, which will be important to not occurred last April. Heinisch (12-1) is just one a four-fight win streak and defeated Cezar Ferreira by decision within his UFC debut. This is going to be a competitive fight, but given Junior’s Octagon encounter and vaunted submission match, you have 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 place for this occasion. Ramos (9-2) is 3-1 at the UFC and has won his last three fights via rear-naked choke. Hubbard (10-2) was the LFA lightweight champ and is riding a three-fight win streak into this fight. Hubbard is an intriguing prospect but Ramos has shown he can finish opponents within the Octagon, and he should be a strong favorite here.
Danny Roberts vs. Michel Pereira, UFC Fight Night 151
Welterweights Danny Roberts and Michel Pereira are place to battle. Roberts (16-4) is 5-3 in the UFC and he is coming off of a contentious entry reduction to Claudio Silva. Pereira (21-9, two NC) is making his UFC debut following a KO win in Road FC. Together with his UFC experience, expect Roberts to be the favored.
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 in the UFC over two stints and is currently riding a two-fight losing skid. This looks like a fantastic bounce-back struggle for Arce, who I expect to be a big favorite.
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