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Postado em 13 de setembro, 2019
A couple new UFC bouts have been shown for upcoming fight cards, such as a re-booking of an exciting bantamweight fight. Below are the newest matchups, along with my very first thoughts on these.
John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen, UFC on ESPN 3
The UFC has re-booked that a bantamweight bout between John Lineker and Cory Sandhagen for UFC on ESPN 3, which takes place April 27 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The bout, which was first supposed to take place at the UFC 233 event, was first reported by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. Lineker (31-8) is 12-3 overall in the UFC including a 6-1 mark because moving up fulltime to the bantamweight division. He is coming off of back-to-back wins over Brian Kelleher and Marlon Vera, with a loss to TJ Dillashaw sandwiching his past win streak that included him his hands raised over John Dodson, Rob Font, Francisco Rivera and Michael McDonald. He has always been among the most exciting lighter-weight fighters in the UFC for decades and will always be in the search for a bonus on any card he fights on.
Sandhagen (10-1) is 3-0 at the UFC and is currently on a five-fight win streak overall which includes stoppage wins over Iuri Alcantara and Austin Arnett from the Octagon. He is beginning to resemble a top prospect in 135lbs and has earned this matchup against Lineker, even though it will not be an easy one to win by any means since Lineker is a superb test for him. I certainly think Sandhagen will be a live dog worth a look at the younger fighter, but Lineker deserves to be the preferred here based on his body of work in the UFC.
Alexander Yakovlev vs. Teemu Packalen, UFC Fight Night 149
Also announced was a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 149 between Alexander Yakovlev and Teemu Packalen. The card takes place April 20 in Yubileyny Sports Palace at St. Petersburg, Russia. The bout was first reported by MMABetz. Yakovlev (23-8-1) is only 2-4 overall from the UFC and hasn’t competed since a entry reduction to Zak Cummings in November 2016. Before that, Yakovlev lost a decision to Kamaru Usman and it had been presumed by many that he was retired at this time. Clearly that is not true as he is booked for a different fight, however, the fact he has been off for almost 3 years is clearly concerning. Yakovlev does hold noteworthy wins over Paul Daley and Gray Maynard, but he has been very inconsistent in the UFC.
Packalen (8-2) is just 1-2 in the UFC and has not fought as a KO loss to Marc Diakese in March 2017. All eight of Packalen’s career wins have come by end, including a bonus-winning submission over Thibault Gouti in the UFC, but in general he has been a small letdown from the Octagon. This is a fight between two men who have been inconsistent in the UFC and who haven’t fought forever, so flip a coin here. I hope Yakovlev will be a small favorite here because the struggle is in Russia, but he isn’t really someone you can trust with your cash.
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