A few new bouts are reserved for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards. Below are the bouts, along with my initial 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. RDS broke the information.
Green (22-8) is just 3-3 overall from the UFC but is coming off of possibly the biggest win of his career, a first-round TKO win over Ross Pearson that sent the British veteran packing into retirement. Green said he wished to struggle in Rochester so bad he would fight at no cost, and he will get his wish, only he will get paid when he chooses on Jourdain, who’s making his UFC debut. Jourdain (9-1) was the lightweight champion in the TKO promotion in Quebec and is coming from four straight finishes. Just 23 years old,”Air” Jourdain is one of the top prospects at 155lbs and this is a superb signing for the UFC.
Having said this, Jourdain will be facing a tough opponent here in Green, who has proven he can grind out his enemies and also knock him out. I would give the edge to green based on his UFC experience, although Jourdain may 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 has been quickly rebooked and he’ll fight high prospect Darko Stosic in UFC Fight Night 153, occurring 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 from a TKO loss to Aleksandar Rakic. Overall he has been a disappointment in the UFC and it seems like that the matchmakers are down on him. Stosic (13-3) is one of the best prospects in 205lbs and picked up a vicious TKO win over Jeremy Kimball in his UFC debut up his win streak to nine straight fights.
It sure looks like that the UFC is using Clark as a gatekeeper at this stage of his career, and Stosic should be a hefty favored 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 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Sherdog broke the information.
Holland (14-4) is 1-2 at 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 at the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Oluwale Bamgbose and Julian Marquez.
This ought to be a very competitive fight, and while I do anticipate Holland to be favored, Di Chirico is a solid fighter and should not be counted from the one.
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