A couple new bouts have been shown for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards, and they’re listed below along with my first thoughts on them.
Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz 3, UFC Fight Night 151
At a trilogy struggle, Charles Oliveira meets Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 151, set for May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. These two have met previously, using a No Contest in their first meeting after Oliveira landed a illegal knee that led to the finish, and then a submission win for Oliveira from the rematch. Now, they compete for a third and presumably final time. Oliveira (26-8, 1 NC) is 14-8, 1 NC total in the UFC and has won four straight fights, all by submission. He also holds the record for the many submissions in UFC history, with 13. Lentz (30-9-2, 1 NC) is 14-6-1, 1 NC from the UFC and has won back fights over Scott Holtzman and Gray Maynard and has evolved by a grinding wrestling to a yearlong mixed martial artist. Given that Oliveira has already beaten Lentz by submission and is as hot as any lightweight on earth right now, he should be a big preferred to win against the trilogy fight, though I wouldn’t completely count Lentz out.
Andrea Lee vs. Montana De La Rosa, UFC Fight Night 153
Women’s flyweights Andrea Lee and Montana De La Rosa will meet at UFC Fight Night 153, occurring June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Nolan King of all FloCombat broke the information. Lee (10-2) is currently 2-0 in the UFC and is riding an impressive six-fight win streak overall with back-to-back wins over Ashlee Evans-Smith and Veronica Macedo. De La Rosa (10-4) is 3-0 at the UFC with three wins by submission including a tapout over Rachael Ostovich. Eight of her 10 career wins have really come by submission, making her one of the very dangerous flyweight prospects in the UFC right now. These are a couple of the best prospects at 125lbs, but the truth De La Rosa is finishing all her fights should make her the betting favorite heading into it.
Jordan Griffin vs. Chas Skelly, UFC on ESPN 4
Featherweights Jordan Griffin and Chas Skelly are set to meet at UFC on ESPN 4, taking place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Griffin (17-6) lost a decision to Dan Ige in his UFC debut that snapped his four-fight win streak, which included a triumph on Dana White’s Contender Series that originally got him to the UFC. The fact Ige simply destroyed Danny Henry makes Griffin’s close decision loss seem somewhat better, however, he definitely needs to beat Skelly here and start building a new win streak if he wants to be a featherweight contender from the UFC. Skelly (17-4) has a winning record of 7-4 in the UFC but is coming off of back-to-back stoppage declines to Bobby Moffett and Jason Knight. At one point in time he seemed like a featherweight on the rise, but his last few performances were weak and he wants to rally against Griffin. This should be a competitive struggle, but it may be a fantastic place to fade Skelly and take Griffin if he’s accessible dog money.
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