The UFC is led back to the City of Brotherly Love later this month, and a couple fights are added on short notice. UFC on ESPN two happens March 30 in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my first thoughts on these new bouts are under.
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC on ESPN 2 Middleweights Kevin Holland Gerald Meerschaert are set to clash at UFC on ESPN 2 in what should be a fun battle for the fans. The Philly Voice broke the news. Holland (13-4) dropped a choice to Thiago Santos in his UFC debut but rebounded nicely with a submission win over John Phillips. In general, he has won five of his last six fights. Meerschaert (28-10) is 4-2 in the UFC but is coming off of a submission loss to Jack Hermansson. Both Holland and Meerschaert are extremely underrated and exciting fighters at middleweight, but given Holland’s childhood and physical advantages in this particular fight, I’d make him the favorite here.
Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips, UFC on ESPN two Due to an accident to Pingyuan Liu, Ray Borg now meets short-notice replacement competitor Kyler Phillips in a bantamweight bout. Borg (11-3) is 5-3 overall in the UFC but hasn’t fought as a submission reduction to Demetrious Johnson at October 2017. He’s dealt with a lot in his young career and hopefully he can put the past behind him. Phillips (6-1) is making his UFC debut after picking up a head kick KO in LFA just a couple of weeks ago. He is a veteran of the Contender Series and seems like quite a promising prospect, however, he lacks the UFC encounter that Borg has. I think Phillips has a opportunity to win this fight, however you still must favor Borg.
Alex Perez vs. Mark de la Rosa, UFC on ESPN 2 Moving up from flyweight into bantamweight is Alex Perez, and he’ll take on Mark de la Rosa. Perez (21-5) won his first three UFC fights before getting knocked out by Joseph Benavidez in his last outing. Prior to this, he had been riding an eight-fight win streak. De la Rosa (11-1) is 2-1 at the UFC and his wife Montana de la Rosa is getting a lot of success from the Octagon, but the fact he fought in a narrow split decision win over Joby Sanchez was bothering. Like most bantamweight bouts, this ought to be aggressive, but I would still favor Perez to get his hands raised.
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
Due to injuries to Chris Gruetzemacher and Nasrat Haqparast, their first rivals John Makdessi and Jesus Pinedo will fight at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Considering both guys are lightweights who only lost their competitions, this was the best way to maintain both guys on the card. Makdessi (16-6) is 9-6 at the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo. Pinedo (16-4-1) is on a seven-fight win streak and beat Devin Powell by decision in his UFC debut. Makdessi includes a whole lot of experience in the Octagon however Pinedo is only 22-years-old and seems like a great prospect. I would expect a close lineup here but given Pinedo’s youth and upside he’s most likely the play in this .
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