A couple new bouts have been booked for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards. Below are the bouts, together with my first thoughts on them.
Desmond Green vs. Charles Jourdain Desmond Green has gotten his wish. The lightweight will compete in his hometown of Rochester, New York when he meets newcomer Charles Jourdain in UFC Fight Night 152, taking place May 18 at Blue Cross Arena. The news broke.
Green (22-8) is just 3-3 overall from the UFC but is coming from possibly the biggest win of his career, a first-round TKO win over Ross Pearson which sent the British veteran packaging into retirement. Green said he wanted to fight in Rochester so awful that he would struggle at no cost, and he’ll get his desire, only he’ll get paid when he takes on Jourdain, who’s making his UFC debut. Jourdain (9-1) has been the lightweight champion in the TKO advertising in Quebec and is coming from four straight endings. Just 23 years old,»Air» Jourdain is among the best prospects in 155lbs and this is a superb signing for the UFC.
Having said that, Jourdain will probably be facing a tough 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 based on his UFC encounter, though Jourdain could 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 has been quickly rebooked and he’ll fight top prospect Darko Stosic at 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 at the UFC and is coming from a TKO loss to Aleksandar Rakic. Overall he has been a disappointment in the UFC and it seems like that the matchmakers are down . Stosic (13-3) is one of the best 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 the UFC is using Clark as a gatekeeper at this stage of his profession, and Stosic should 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 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 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Oluwale Bamgbose and Julian Marquez.
This ought to be a very competitive struggle, and while I really do anticipate Holland to be favored, Di Chirico is a solid fighter and shouldn’t be counted from this one.
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