A couple new bouts have been booked for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards. Below are the bouts, together with my initial ideas on them.
Desmond Green vs. Charles Jourdain Desmond Green has gotten his wish. The lightweight will contend in his hometown of Rochester, New York when he meets newcomer Charles Jourdain at UFC Fight Night 152, occurring May 18 at Blue Cross Arena. RDS broke the news.
Green (22-8) is only 3-3 overall in the UFC but is coming off of possibly the biggest win of his career, a first-round TKO win over Ross Pearson which sent the British veteran packaging into retirement. Green stated he wished to struggle in Rochester so bad he would fight for free, and he’ll get his wish, just he’ll get paid when he chooses on Jourdain, who’s making his UFC debut. Jourdain (9-1) has been the lightweight winner from the TKO advertising in Quebec and is coming off of four straight finishes. Only 23 years old,”Air” Jourdain is one of the top prospects in 155lbs and this is a superb signing for the UFC.
Having said this, Jourdain will probably be facing a difficult opponent here in Green, who’s shown he can grind his opponents out and knock him out. I’d give the advantage to green according to his UFC experience, although Jourdain could 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 event was scrapped last minute, Devin Clark was quickly rebooked and he will fight top prospect Darko Stosic in UFC Fight Night 153, taking place June 1 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Clark himself broke the news via 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 looks like the matchmakers are down on him. Stosic (13-3) is one of the top prospects at 205lbs and picked up a vicious TKO win over Jeremy Kimball in his UFC debut to up his win streak to eight consecutive fights.
It sure looks like that the UFC is utilizing Clark as a gatekeeper at this stage of his profession, and Stosic ought to be quite a hefty favored to get the win in this fight.
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 news.
Holland (14-4) is 1-2 in the UFC after being signed after a successful stint on the Contender Series. After losing a choice 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 off of back-to-back wins over Oluwale Bamgbose and Julian Marquez.
This should be a very competitive struggle, and while I really do anticipate Holland to be favored, Di Chirico is a good fighter and should not be counted out of this one.
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