A couple new bouts have been reserved for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards. Below are the bouts, together with my initial thoughts on these.
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 at UFC Fight Night 152, taking place May 18 at Blue Cross Arena. The information was broken by RDS.
Green (22-8) is only 3-3 overall in the UFC but is coming from possibly the biggest win of his career, a first-round TKO win over Ross Pearson that sent the British veteran packaging into retirement. Green said he wished to fight in Rochester so awful that he would fight at no cost, and he will get his wish, only he’ll get paid when he chooses on Jourdain, who is making his UFC debut. Jourdain (9-1) has been the lightweight champion in the TKO promotion in Quebec and is coming off of four straight endings. Only 23 years old,”Air” Jourdain is one of the best prospects at 155lbs and this is a superb signing for the UFC.
Having said this, Jourdain will probably be facing a difficult competitor here in Green, who’s proven he can grind his opponents out and also knock him out. I would give the advantage to green according to his UFC experience, though Jourdain may be a 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 event was scrapped last minute, Devin Clark has been quickly rebooked and he will fight high prospect Darko Stosic at UFC Fight Night 153, taking place June 1 in Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Clark himself broke the news via Instagram.
Clark (9-3) is 3-3 at the UFC and is coming off of a TKO loss to Aleksandar Rakic. Overall he has been a disappointment in the UFC and it looks like that 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 eight consecutive fights.
It sure looks like the UFC is utilizing Clark as a gatekeeper at this stage of his career, and Stosic ought to be quite a hefty favorite to get the win in this struggle.
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 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 choice 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 ought to be a really competitive fight, and while I really do expect Holland to be favored, Di Chirico is a solid fighter and shouldn’t be counted out of this one.
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