UFC Fight Night 151 happens May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, and the card lately had quite a few bouts added to it. My first thoughts on the new matchups are below.
Megan Anderson vs. Felicia Spencer, UFC Fight Night 151
A fascinating women’s featherweight bout between former Invicta champions Megan Anderson and Felicia Spencer is set to happen at UFC Fight Night 151, and the winner could very well be in line for a shot at Amanda Nunes’s 145lbs belt after she gets through her UFC 239 matchup against Holly Holm.
Anderson (9-3) chose to Holm within her Octagon debut this past year at UFC 225 but rebounded nicely with a first-round TKO win over Cat Zingano at UFC 232. Together with seven stoppage wins, Anderson is one of the most dangerous female featherweights out there. Spencer (6-0) won the Invicta title in her last bout, a submission win over Pam Sorensen. She’s finished four of her struggles because making her MMA debut in 2015, and the Montreal native seems to be a fantastic signing by the UFC as among the few true female featherweights from the sport. Although Spencer shouldn’t be counted from the fight, given Anderson’s previous UFC experience ad popularity, I would expect her to be a sizeable favorite here.
Neil Magny vs. Vicente Luque, UFC Fight Night 151
Welterweight contenders Neil Magny and Vicente Luque are place to meet, according to a report from Farah Hannoun. Magny (21-7) is 14-6 in the UFC and is coming off of a brutal KO loss to Santiago Ponziibbio last November. Luque (15-6-1) is 8-2 in the UFC with all his wins coming by stoppage, and he is currently riding a four-fight win series that comes with a knockout win over Bryan Barberena in what’s arguably so far the 2019″Fight of the Year” in MMA. Magny has long been an underrated welterweight and has known to surprise from time to time, but given Luque’s win series and his absurd finishing power, you need to prefer him quite heavily to get the job done here.
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Ian Heinisch, UFC Fight Night 151
Middleweights Antonio Carlos Junior and Ian Heinisch are set to lock horns after Heinisch’s struggle against Tom Breese in UFC London fell through at the last minute due to a Breese medical issue. He’ll rather get the opportunity to battle a higher-ranked opponent in the form of Junior, the former TUF winner.
Junior (10-2, 1 NC) is 7-2, 1 NC at the UFC and is currently riding a five-fight win series that includes a submission win over Tim Boetsch in his final outing, which is important to not occurred last April. Heinisch (12-1) is one a four-fight win series and defeated Cezar Ferreira by choice in his UFC debut. This will be a competitive struggle, but awarded Junior’s Octagon encounter and vaunted submission game, you have to slightly favor him to win this bout.
Davi Ramos vs. Austin Hubbard, UFC Fight Night 151
A lightweight link between Davi Ramos and Austin Hubbard is set for this event. Ramos (9-2) is 3-1 at the UFC and has won his last few fights via rear-naked choke. Hubbard (10-2) has been the LFA lightweight champ and is riding a three-fight win streak into this battle. Hubbard is a fascinating prospect but Ramos has proven he can complete opponents inside the Octagon, and he should be a solid favorite here.
Danny Roberts vs. Michel Pereira, UFC Fight Night 151
Welterweights Danny Roberts and Michel Pereira are place to fight. Roberts (16-4) is currently 5-3 in the UFC and he’s coming off of a contentious submission loss to Claudio Silva. Pereira (21-9, two NC) is making his UFC debut following a KO win in Road FC. Together with his UFC experience, expect Roberts to be the favorite.
Julio Arce vs. Julian Erosa, UFC Fight Night 151
And finally, a featherweight bout between Julio Arce and Julian Erosa is set, according to a report from Nolan King of FloCombat. Arce (15-3) is 2-1 at the UFC and recently had a seven-fight win streak snapped with a split decision loss to Sheymon Moraes his last time out. Erosa (22-7) is 0-3 in the UFC over two stints and is currently riding a two-fight losing skid. This looks like a fantastic bounce-back fight for Arce, that I anticipate to be a big favorite.
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