The UFC welterweight division continues to incorporate new high-profile matchups. Just a couple of days after Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington was targeted at an interim name fight at UFC 224, two more great matchups are booked. Here are my thoughts on those two new main events, in addition to some other bouts recently announced by the UFC, recorded in chronological order.
Sean Strickland vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, UFC 224
A welterweight bout between Sean Strickland and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos is the most recent addition to the stacked UFC 224 card. The event takes place Saturday, May 24 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and this bout rumor premiered by Combate. Strickland (19-2) is a remarkable 6-2 from the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Court McGee. Dos Santos (18-5) is 4-1 in the UFC and has won”Fight of the Night” three times, including in his decision win over Max Griffin in his final struggle. Both men are excellent fighters that are continuously improving their matches and I expect a very close gaming lineup here.
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Kamaru Usman, UFC Chile
A welterweight bout between Santiago Ponzinibbio and Kamaru Usman was officially declared by the UFC since the headliner of UFC Fight Night 129, which takes place Saturday, May 19 in Movistar Arena at Santiago, Chile. Ponzinibbio (26-3) is 8-2 at the UFC and is currently riding a six-fight win series, with a decision win over Mike Perry his out time. Usman (12-1) is a perfect 7-0 in the UFC and conquered Emil Weber Meek in his final outing. Both guys are elite welterweights and this ought to be a fantastic fight. Look for Usman to become favored heading into this fight as a result of his wrestling advantage.
Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson, UFC Liverpool
A welterweight showdown involving Darren Till and Stephen Thompson is expected to headline UFC Fight Night 130, which takes place Sunday, May 27 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. reported the matchup. Until (16-0-1) is 4-0-1 at the UFC and pumped out Donald Cerrone in spectacular style in his last struggle. Thompson (14-2-1) is 9-2-1 in the UFC and is coming from a unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal. This is 1 hell of a matchup between two of the welterweight division’s elite strikers. All the hype is all behind Till right now so I believe he will be preferred, however I personally prefer Thompson to win this fight and will be eyeing him as an underdog. I’ll be very curuous to see how the people swings the odds with this one.
Dan Ige vs. Mike Santiago, UFC 225
And lastly, a welterweight bout between Dan Ige and Mike Santiago is heading to UFC 225, that takes place Saturday, June 9 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The UFC affirmed the booking. Ige (8-2) recently made his UFC debut but lost a unanimous decison to Julio Arce. Santiago (20-11) has dropped both of his UFC fights up to now from Zabit Magomedshapirov and Mads Burnell. Neither fighter looks like they will stick around the Octagon for extended but I’d envision Ige is a slight favorite heading into this one.
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