There are a few new fight rumors to report on in the current MMA odds and ends, such as an interim title combat that’s sure to excite fans. Here are the sin, along with my first thoughts on these:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by, UFC 224 is going to get a serious main event. An interim welterweight title bout has been targeted between leading conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington has been targeted for the main event over the previously-announced women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. RDA (29-9) is an ideal 3-0 since moving up to welterweight including a dominant choice win over Robbie Lawler in his final outing. The former lightweight kingpin will be looking to put in a second belt for his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall from the UFC and has won five-straight fights including a dominant decision over Demian Maia his last time out. This is a truly incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I am expecting tight chances with this one, but maybe with a lean towards RDA, who’s more proven at the championship level in the Octagon.
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 129
A welterweight bout featuring Michel Prazeres and Zak Cummings is the Most Recent addition to UFC Fight Night 129, which extends down Saturday, May 19 at Movistar Arena at Santiago, Chile. This bout was confirmed by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 at the UFC and has won six-straight struggles. He has been an underrated member of this UFC lightweight division but after several failed weight cuts he’s being made to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he is likely to be one of the tiniest fighters in the division. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming from two-straight wins, but he was recently injured during a lousy weight reduction for a bout against Thiago Alves and will soon be coming to this bout on a very long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ success in the UFC, he is going to be a very small welterweight and Cummings has proven himself to be a winner at 170lbs. I would expect close chances for this one with perhaps a little lean towards Cummings, though I would caution gambling against the underrated Prazeres despite the new weight class.
Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles, UFC Fight Night 129
A lightweight matchup between Felipe Silva and Claudio Puelles has also been added to UFC Fight Night 129. Globo also reported this bout. Silva (8-1) is 1-1 in the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell along with a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He has been inactive in general averaging just one fight a year but continues to be successful when he can compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 in the UFC, having endured a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his debut. But he’s only 21 and ought to continue to enhance. That is a close fight but I’ll go with the upside and say that Puelles should be preferred because of being 12 years younger, even though he has not tasted victory in the Octagon yet.
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