The UFC was busy announcing new struggles. Following are a few of the newest forthcoming midnight set for spring UFC cards, and my first thoughts on them.
Michel Prazeres vs. Ismail Naurdiev, UFC Fight Night 145
Because of an accident to Ramazan Emeev, Ismail Naurdiev has obtained a short-notice fight against Michel Prazeres in UFC Fight Night 145, occurring February 23 in The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. MMABrasil broke the information. Prazeres (26-2) is 10-2 in the UFC entire and is riding an eight-fight win series right now. He had trouble making the lightweight limit of 155lbs and because moving up to welterweight has looked even better with back-to-back wins over Zak Cummings and Bartosz Fabinski. Naurdiev (17-2) is making his UFC debut on the strength of back-to-back knockout wins. He’s experience fighting in ACB, and the majority of his wins have come by stoppage. However he has also fought a very low amount of competition and Prazeres is a major step up. I anticipate Prazeres to be a good favorite here, and he deserves it after the current run he’s went on inside the Octagon.
Enrique Barzola vs. Kevin Aguilar, UFC on ESPN 2 Featherweights Enrique Barzola and Kevin Aguilar are set to match at UFC on ESPN two, occurring March 30 in Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The information was broken by mMAWeekly. Barzola (15-3-1) is 5-1 in the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win streak together with all his wins coming from decision. Barzola’s album is impressive, but his lack of finishing instincts could damage him as he progresses up the featherweight ranks. Aguilar (16-1) is coming from a powerful UFC debut when he won a unanimous decision over Rick Glenn, and overall he is riding an eight-fight win series. His only career loss came against Leonard Garcia back in 2013, but he’s been flawless in his MMA career. This is a pretty good matchup between two guys on win stripes but based on his ability to really finish a fight I’d have to prefer Aguilar to receive his hands raised.
Tom Breese vs. Ian Heinisch, UFC Fight Night 147
Due to an injury to Cezar Ferreira, Ian Heinisch is stepping up as an injury replacement to take on Tom Breese in UFC Fight Night 147, taking place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. Breese (11-1) is 4-1 at the UFC and is coming from a TKO win over Dan Kelly in his middleweight debut. Heinisch (12-1) is now riding a four-fight win streak and is coming off of a successful UFC debut when he defeated the aforementioned Ferreira by choice. His only career defeat came against Markus Perez, who just filed Anthony Hernandez in UFC Fight Night 144. This looks like a really solid matchup between two middleweights with future name ambitions. The two Breese and Heinisch are extremely well-rounded fighters and this is going to be a close fight. I’d have to prefer Breese just based on the fact the fight is in England, however I anticipate Heinisch to be very aggressive in this matchup and that he is well worth considering as a puppy.
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