UFC PHILADELPHIA ADDS KEVIN HOLLAND VS. GERALD MEERSCHAERT
The UFC is headed back into the City of Brotherly Love later this month, and a few fights have been inserted on short notice. UFC on ESPN two takes place March 30 in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my first thoughts on those new bouts are under.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN 2 Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to clash at UFC on ESPN 2 in what ought to be an enjoyable battle for the fans. The Philly Voice broke news. Holland (13-4) dropped a decision to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. Overall, he has won five of his last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is currently 4-2 in the UFC but is coming from a submission loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are very underrated and exciting fighters in middleweight, but awarded Holland’s youth and physical benefits in this fight, I’d make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN 2 Due to an injury to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg currently meets short-notice replacement opponent Kyler Phillips at a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall from the UFC but has not fought since a submission loss to Demetrious Johnson in October 2017. He has dealt with a lot in his young career and he could put the past behind him. Phillips (6-1) is making his UFC debut after picking up a head kick KO in LFA just a couple of weeks ago. He’s a veteran of the Contender Series and looks like quite a promising prospect, however, he lacks the UFC encounter that Borg has. I believe Phillips has a chance to win this fight, but you still must favor Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN 2 Moving up from flyweight into bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he will take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC fights before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his final outing. Prior to that, he had been riding an eight-fight win streak. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 at the UFC and his wife Montana de la Rosa is having a lot of success from the Octagon, but the truth he fought at a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was troubling. Like many bantamweight bouts, this ought to be competitive, but I’d still prefer Perez to receive his hands raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Due to injuries to Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their first rivals John Makdessi and Jesus Pinedo will now fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both men are lightweights who only lost their competitions, this is the way to maintain both guys on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 at the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is really on a seven-fight win series and conquer Devin Powell by decision within his UFC debut. Makdessi includes a whole lot of experience from the Octagon but Pinedo is just 22-years-old and seems like a fantastic prospect. I would anticipate a close lineup here but awarded Pinedo’s childhood and upside down he is most likely the drama in this one.
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