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A pair of upcoming fight cards have received updates to them, and I will offer my thoughts on the new bouts in the current MMA odds and ends.
Chance Rencountre vs. Kyle Stewart, UFC on ESPN+ 1 (UFC Fight Night 143)
We hopefully have the previous fight card upgrade for the UFC on ESPN+ one card this weekend, taking place Saturday in Barclays Center at Brooklyn, New York. Chance Rencountre eventually has his opponent as he will take on Octagon newcomer Kyle Stewart at a lightweight bout on the card. ESPN first broke news. Rencountre’s unique opponent Randy Brown was pulled from the card because of a rumored USADA flagging, while Dwight Grant was not cleared to fight due to an eye injury. Rencountre (12-3) lost a decision to Belal Muhammad in his UFC debut but had won four straight bouts prior to it. Stewart (11-1) has just lost once in his profession, to high LFA potential James Nakashima, also in his last bout defeated Braden Smith by choice. I think most will look to fade Rencountre inside this area, and I expect Stewart to really be a small favorite here despite making his UFC debut on short notice.
Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Rosa, UFC 234
Lightweight Lando Vannata lately reupped a new four-fight contract with the UFC, and he now returns to combat Octagon newcomer Marcos Rosa at UFC 234, taking place February 10 at Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia. ESPN broke the news. Vannata (9-3-2) only has a 1-3-2 record in the UFC, but nearly every one of his battles was exciting that is why the UFC decided to bring him back. He’s coming off of a draw against Matt Frevola, and hasn’t actually won a fight since a KO win over John Makdessi at December 2016. Rosa (6-4) is a veteran of the Brazilian regional circuit and has really won three of his last four bouts by stoppage. Ultimately it feels like the UFC has booked Vannata a winnable struggle, and I expect him to become a big favorite to receive his hand raised.
Dong Hyun Ma vs. Devonte Smith, UFC 234
And lastly, Dong Hyun Ma (formerly called”another” Dong Yun Kim) will return at UFC 234 when he takes on Devonte Smith in what should be an action-packed lightweight bout. Ma (16-8-3) is 3-2 overall from the UFC and is now riding a three-fight win streak including a remarkable TKO win over Takanori Gomi along with a decision win over Damien Brown. Smith (9-1) is 1-0 so far in the UFC with a ridiculous KO win over Julian Erosa. He has won his last five fights, and all eight of his pro wins have come by stoppage, with his lone defeat a TKO loss to John Gunther. I very much enjoy watching Ma fight and I have to provide the UFC matchmakers props for reserving what’s guaranteed to be a thrilling fight. But I’m quite high on Smith and I believe he’s going to come in here and end Ma’s win series. Look for Smith to be the preferred from the sportsbooks following his flashy UFC debut.
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