MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: RDA VS. COVINGTON TARGETED FOR UFC 224

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There are a couple new battle rumors to report on in today’s MMA odds and ends, including an interim title combat that is sure to excite fans. Here are the sin, Together with my first thoughts on them:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is going to get a serious main event. An interim welterweight title bout is being targeted between leading conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington is being targeted for the primary 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 such as a dominant decision win over Robbie Lawler in his final outing. The former lightweight kingpin will probably be looking to add another belt for his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall in the UFC and has won five-straight fights including a dominant decision on Demian Maia his out time. This is really a incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I am expecting tight chances for this particular one, but maybe with a lean towards RDA, who’s more proven at the tournament level from the Octagon.
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 129
A welterweight bout featuring Michel Prazeres and Zak Cummings is the latest addition to UFC Fight Night 129, which extends down Saturday, May 19 in Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. This bout was confirmed by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 in the UFC and has won six-straight struggles. He has been an underrated member of this UFC lightweight branch but after several failed weight cuts he’s being made to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he’s going to be among the smallest fighters in the branch. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming from two-straight wins, but he had been recently injured during a bad weight reduction for a bout against Thiago Alves and will be coming into this bout on a long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ victory in the UFC, he’s going to be a very small welterweight and Cummings has shown himself to be a winner in 170lbs. I’d expect close odds with this one with possibly a slight lean towards Cummings, though I would caution gambling from the underrated Prazeres even with 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 that this tact. Silva (8-1) is 1-1 at the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell along with a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He’s been inactive in overall averaging just one fight annually but has been successful when he can compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 in the UFC, having suffered a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his introduction. But he is only 21 and should continue to improve. That is a close fight but I’ll go with the upside and state Puelles ought to be preferred due to being 12 years younger, even though he has not tasted victory in the Octagon yet.
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