On Wednesday, the UFC held a media conference for its coming UFC Fight Night 147 card, which takes place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. A number of bouts have been shown for this card, including the main event between Darren Until and Jorge Masvidal and also the co-main occasion between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson, and in the press conference the UFC shown the newest batch of preliminary spells.
Joseph Duffy vs. Marc Diakese, UFC Fight Night 147
Lightweights Joseph Duffy and Marc Diakese match in what should be an exciting connection between two strikers. NewsomeMMA first reported the news that Diakese is filling in for the injured Stevie Ray. Duffy (16-3) is currently 4-2 in the UFC but has not fought as a 2017 KO loss to James Vick. He is one of those few men to conquer Conor McGregor. Diakese (12-3) is 2-3 in the UFC but these three losses came in his last three outings. The UFC is giving Duffy a winnable battle here against a really beatable opponent in Diakese, and I fully anticipate Duffy to start as a sizable favored.
Nathaniel Wood vs. Jose Quinonez, UFC Fight Night 147
Rising bantamweight star Nathaniel Wood will aim to keep his win streak when he takes on Jose Quinonez. Wood (15-3) is on a seven-fight win streak complete with entry wins at the UFC over Johnny Eduardo and Andre Ewell. Quinonez (7-2) is currently 4-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Teruto Ishihara. I know Quinonez is on a nice win streak but to me this is a big mismatch also it looks like a fight the UFC booked as a way to get Wood an impressive win in front of the British lovers.
Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige, UFC Fight Night 147
Featherweights Danny Henry and Dan Ige will fulfill on this card. Henry (12-2) is really on a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 at the UFC with a submission win over Hakeem Dawodu in his last outing. Ige (10-2) is 3-1 in the UFC and defeated Jordan Griffin via decision in his final bout. Although Ige has been strong from the UFC, I think Henry has the higher ceiling and I would tend to prefer him here.
Nad Narimani vs. Mike Grundy, UFC Fight Night 147
Top featherweight prospect Nad Narimani yields at this when he chooses on UFC newcomer Mike Grundy. Narimani (12-2) is really on a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 thus much in the UFC. Grundy (11-1) is a veteran of ACB and is riding an eight-fight win streak into this occasion. Grundy has a remarkable record but given the degree of competition I’d have to favor Narimani here.
Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi, UFC Fight Night 147
And lastly, there’s an intriguing featherweight connection between Arnold Allen and Jordan Rinaldi. Allen (13-1) is 4-0 in the UFC and is riding a six-fight winning series in general. However, he’s been hurt and usually fights just annually. Rinaldi (14-6) is currently 2-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Jason Knight. Though Allen is coming off of a very long layoff I’d still need to prefer him quite heavily to conquer Rinaldi.
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