A couple new bouts have been booked for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards. Below are the bouts, along with my ideas on them.
Desmond Green vs. Charles Jourdain Desmond Green has gotten his wish. The lightweight will contend in his hometown of Rochester, New York when he meets beginner Charles Jourdain in UFC Fight Night 152, occurring May 18 at Blue Cross Arena. RDS broke the news.
Green (22-8) is just 3-3 overall in the UFC but is coming off of arguably the biggest win of his career, a first-round TKO win over Ross Pearson that sent the British veteran packing into retirement. Green said he wanted to fight in Rochester so bad that he would struggle for free, and he will get his wish, just he will get paid when he takes on Jourdain, who is making his UFC debut. Jourdain (9-1) has been the lightweight champion from the TKO advertising in Quebec and is coming off of four straight endings. Just 23 years old,”Air” Jourdain is one of the best prospects at 155lbs and this is a great signing for the UFC.
Having said this, Jourdain will be facing a tough competitor here in Green, who’s proven he can grind out his enemies and knock him out. I’d give the advantage to green based on his UFC experience, although 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 occasion was scrapped last minute, Devin Clark was quickly rebooked and he’ll fight top prospect Darko Stosic in UFC Fight Night 153, occurring June 1 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Clark himself broke the news via Instagram.
Clark (9-3) is 3-3 at the UFC and is coming from a TKO loss to Aleksandar Rakic. Overall he’s been a disappointment from the UFC and it seems like the matchmakers are down on him. Stosic (13-3) is among the best prospects in 205lbs and picked up a vicious TKO win over Jeremy Kimball in his UFC debut up his win streak to eight straight fights.
It sure looks like the UFC is utilizing Clark as a gatekeeper at this stage of his career, and Stosic ought to be a hefty favored to get the win in this fight.
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 1-2 at the UFC after being signed after a successful stint on the Contender Series. After losing a decision 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 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Oluwale Bamgbose and Julian Marquez.
This should be a very competitive struggle, and while I really do anticipate Holland to be preferred, Di Chirico is a solid fighter and shouldn’t be counted from this one.
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