UFC Fight Night 151 takes place May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, and also the card lately had a number of bouts added to it. My first thoughts on the new matchups are under.
Megan Anderson vs. Felicia Spencer, UFC Fight Night 151
An intriguing women’s featherweight bout between former Invicta champions Megan Anderson and Felicia Spencer is set to take place at UFC Fight Night 151, and the winner might well be in line to get a shot in Amanda Nunes’s 145lbs belt after she gets through her UFC 239 matchup against Holly Holm.
Anderson (9-3) lost a decision to Holm in her Octagon debut last year in UFC 225 but rebounded nicely with a first-round TKO win over Cat Zingano at UFC 232. With seven stoppage wins, Anderson is among the most dangerous female featherweights out there. Spencer (6-0) won the Invicta name in her last bout, a submission win over Pam Sorensen. She has finished four of her fights since making her MMA debut in 2015, and the Montreal native seems to be a great signing by the UFC as one of the few true female featherweights in the game. Although Spencer should not be counted from the fight, given Anderson’s previous UFC experience ad popularity, I would expect her to be quite a big favorite here.
Neil Magny vs. Vicente Luque, UFC Fight Night 151
Welterweight contenders Neil Magny and Vicente Luque are set to match, 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 at the UFC with all his wins coming by stoppage, and he is now riding a four-fight win streak that comes with a knockout win over Bryan Barberena in what is arguably so far the 2019″Fight of the Year” in MMA. Magny has long been an underrated welterweight and has proven to surprise from time to time, but awarded Luque’s win streak and his ridiculous completing power, you need to favor him quite heavily to get the business 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 will rather get the chance to battle a higher-ranked competition in the kind of Junior, the prior TUF winner.
Junior (10-2, 1 NC) is currently 7-2, 1 NC at the UFC and is now riding a five-fight win streak that includes a submission win over Tim Boetsch in his last outing, which will be important to not took place last April. Heinisch (12-1) is one a four-fight win streak and defeated Cezar Ferreira by choice in his UFC debut. This is going to be a competitive struggle, but given Junior’s Octagon experience and vaunted submission match, you need to slightly favor him to win this bout.
Davi Ramos vs. Austin Hubbard, UFC Fight Night 151
A lightweight bout between Davi Ramos and Austin Hubbard is place for this occasion. Ramos (9-2) is 3-1 at the UFC and has won his last three fights via rear-naked choke. Hubbard (10-2) has been the LFA lightweight champ and is riding a three-fight win streak into this fight. Hubbard is an intriguing potential but Ramos has proven he can complete opponents within the Octagon, and he must be a solid favorite here.
Danny Roberts vs. Michel Pereira, UFC Fight Night 151
Welterweights Danny Roberts and Michel Pereira are set to fight. Roberts (16-4) is 5-3 at the UFC and he is coming from a controversial entry reduction to Claudio Silva. Pereira (21-9, two NC) is making his UFC debut following a KO win in Road FC. Together with his UFC expertise, 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 lately had a seven-fight win streak snapped with a split decision loss to Sheymon Moraes his out time. 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 good bounce-back fight for Arce, that I anticipate to be a big favorite.
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