A couple new bouts have been booked for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards. Below are the bouts, together with my thoughts on them.
UFC Fight Night 152 vs. Charles Jourdain, desmond Green Desmond Green has gotten his wish. The lightweight will compete in his hometown of Rochester, New York when he meets newcomer Charles Jourdain at UFC Fight Night 152, taking place May 18 at Blue Cross Arena. RDS broke the news.
Green (22-8) is only 3-3 overall in the UFC but is coming from arguably the biggest win of his career, a first-round TKO win over Ross Pearson that delivered the British veteran packaging into retirement. Green stated he wanted to fight in Rochester so awful he would struggle for free, and he’ll get his desire, just he will get paid when he takes on Jourdain, who is making his UFC debut. Jourdain (9-1) has been the lightweight winner from the TKO advertising in Quebec and is coming from four straight finishes. Just 23 years old,”Air” Jourdain is among the top prospects at 155lbs and this is a great signing for the UFC.
Having said this, Jourdain will probably be facing a difficult opponent here in Green, who has shown he can grind out his enemies and also knock him out. I’d give the edge to green according to his UFC experience, though Jourdain may be a live 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 occasion was scrapped last minute, Devin Clark was quickly rebooked and he will fight high prospect Darko Stosic at UFC Fight Night 153, occurring 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’s 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 up his win streak to nine straight fights.
It sure looks like the UFC is utilizing Clark as a gatekeeper at this stage of his profession, and Stosic should be quite a hefty favorite 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 clash at UFC Fight Night 154, which takes place June 22 in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Sherdog broke the news.
Holland (14-4) is currently 1-2 in the UFC after being signed after a successful stint on the Contender Series. After losing a decision to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut, he’s 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 from back-to-back wins over Oluwale Bamgbose and Julian Marquez.
This should be a really competitive struggle, and while I really do anticipate Holland to be favored, Di Chirico is a good fighter and shouldn’t be counted out of this one.
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