UFC Fight Night 151 happens May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, and the card recently had quite a few bouts added to it. My initial thoughts on the new matchups are under.
Megan Anderson vs. Felicia Spencer, UFC Fight Night 151
A fascinating women’s featherweight bout between former Invicta champions Megan Anderson and Felicia Spencer is set to take place at UFC Fight Night 151, and the winner might well be in line for 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 last year in UFC 225 but rebounded nicely with a first-round TKO win over Cat Zingano in UFC 232. With seven stoppage wins, Anderson is one of 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 has finished four of her struggles since making her MMA introduction in 2015, and the Montreal native seems to be a great signing by the UFC as among the few true female featherweights in the game. Although Spencer should not be counted from this fight, awarded Anderson’s past UFC experience advertising popularity, I would expect her to become a sizeable favorite here.
Neil Magny vs. Vicente Luque, UFC Fight Night 151
Welterweight contenders Neil Magny and Vicente Luque are set to meet, according to a report from Farah Hannoun. Magny (21-7) is 14-6 at the UFC and is coming from a brutal KO loss to Santiago Ponziibbio past November. Luque (15-6-1) is 8-2 at the UFC with all of his wins coming from stoppage, and he is now riding a four-fight win streak that comes with a knockout win over Bryan Barberena in what is arguably so far the 2019″Fight of the Year” in MMA. Magny has long been an underrated welterweight, and it has proven to surprise from time to time, but awarded Luque’s win streak and his ridiculous completing power, you need to prefer him quite heavily to get the job done here.
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 fight against Tom Breese at UFC London fell through at the last minute due to some Breese medical dilemma. He’ll instead get the chance to battle a higher-ranked competition in the form of Junior, the prior TUF winner.
Junior (10-2, 1 NC) is currently 7-2, 1 NC in the UFC and is currently riding a five-fight win series 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 choice in his UFC debut. This will be a competitive fight, but given Junior’s Octagon experience and vaunted submission game, you need to slightly prefer 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 event. Ramos (9-2) is 3-1 at the UFC and has won his last few fights via rear-naked choke. Hubbard (10-2) has been the LFA lightweight champ and is riding a three-fight win streak into this fight. Hubbard is an intriguing prospect but Ramos has proven he can finish opponents within the Octagon, and he must be a solid favorite here.
Danny Roberts vs. Michel Pereira, UFC Fight Night 151
Welterweights Danny Roberts and Michel Pereira are set to fight. Roberts (16-4) is 5-3 at the UFC and he’s coming off of a controversial submission reduction to Claudio Silva. Pereira (21-9, 2 NC) is making his UFC debut after a KO win in Road FC. Together with his UFC experience, expect Roberts to be the favorite.
Julio Arce vs. Julian Erosa, UFC Fight Night 151
And finally, 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 in the UFC and lately had a seven-fight win streak snapped with a split decision loss to Sheymon Moraes his last time out. 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, that I anticipate to be a sizeable favorite.
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