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Postado em 5 de agosto, 2019
Two high profile matchups have been announced for upcoming battle cards, and my initial thoughts on both are below.
Kevin Lee vs. Rafael dos Anjos, UFC Fight Night 151
Kevin Lee is performed with lightweight as he’ll move up to welterweight and take on former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in the primary event of UFC Fight Night 151. The event is set for May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.
Lee (17-4) is 10-4 in the UFC with all of his previous bouts taking place in lightweight. After dropping a choice to Al Iaquinta in his final departure, Lee hinted he could be moving up a weight class as at age 26 he has grown from his lightweight frame. Although he won’t have the size advantage he’d down at 155lbs, with his quality wrestling skills and improved striking Lee should nevertheless be a solid competitor at 170lbs, an the UFC is throwing him to the fire in his divisional introduction against a former title challenger in dos Anjos.
Dos Anjos (28-11) is 17-9 at the UFC and has proven to be equally a elite lightweight and welterweight. But at age 34, he’s finally showing signs of a decrease with successive decision losses to Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington. Losing to these fighters on newspaper isn’t a massive deal, but the Usman fight was a blowout and it is possible all of the harm has actually taken it’s toll on him now. Still, I would give RDA a fantastic opportunity to beat Lee in this fight. With Lee’s popularity and childhood benefit I expect him to be set as a decently-sized favorite, making RDA an intriguing puppy play if that’s indeed true.
Luke Rockhold vs. Jan Blachowicz, UFC 239
The very first bout added to UFC 239 is a great one, as former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will proceed up to light heavyweight to shoot on Jan Blachowicz. The card takes place July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke news of this bout.
Rockhold (16-4) is 6-3 overall from the UFC, together with all of his past spells coming at middleweight. He has not competed since a KO loss to Yoel Romero in UFC 221 in February 2018, and his final success was a TKO win over David Branch in September 2017. Despite the long layoff, Rockhold remains a very interesting addition to the UFC light heavyweight division. It was not that long ago when Rockhold was the best middleweight in the world when he won five consecutive struggles by finish in the UFC over Michael Bisping, Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Costa Philippou and Tim Boetsch. His shocking KO loss to Bisping from the pair’s rematch in June 2016 will go down as one of the game’s greatest all-time upsets and Rockhold has struggled since then. On the other hand, the thought procedure is that his chin should be sturdier moving up a weight class, although that remains to be seen.
Blachowicz (23-8) is 6-5 in the UFC and also was recently knocked out by Thiago Santos in an expected light heavyweight title eliminator. Prior to this, Blachowicz had won four straight fights by stoppage and was looking like a title contender. The loss to Santos reveals his true place in the division, as a high-end gatekeeper who isn’t quite prepared to fight for the belt. That’s why this is good matchmaking by the UFC. Blachowicz is highly ranked yet beatable, therefore there is a good opportunity Rockhold beats him takes his spot from the top-five, making him an immediate competitor for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones if this happens. Look for Rockhold for a solid favorite heading into this bout.
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