On Wednesday, the UFC held a press conference for the coming UFC Fight Night 147 card, which takes place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. A range of bouts have been revealed for this card, including the most important event between Darren Until and Jorge Masvidal and also the co-main event between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson, and at the press conference the UFC revealed the latest batch of preliminary bouts.
Joseph Duffy vs. Marc Diakese, UFC Fight Night 147
Lightweights Joseph Duffy and Marc Diakese match in what should be an exciting connection between two strikers. NewsomeMMA first reported the news that Diakese is filling in for the injured Stevie Ray. Duffy (16-3) is currently 4-2 at the UFC but hasn’t fought as a 2017 KO loss to James Vick. He is among those few guys to defeat Conor McGregor. Diakese (12-3) is 2-3 at the UFC but those three losses came in his last three outings. The UFC is providing Duffy a winnable battle here against a really beatable competition in Diakese, and I totally expect Duffy to start as a large favored.
Nathaniel Wood vs. Jose Quinonez, UFC Fight Night 147
Growing bantamweight star Nathaniel Wood will aim to continue his win streak when he takes on Jose Quinonez. Wood (15-3) is on a seven-fight win streak complete with entry wins at the UFC over Johnny Eduardo and Andre Ewell. Quinonez (7-2) is 4-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Teruto Ishihara. I understand Quinonez is on a nice win streak but to me this is a major mismatch and it looks like a battle that the UFC booked in order to get Wood an impressive win in front of the British fans.
Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige, UFC Fight Night 147
Featherweights Danny Henry and Dan Ige will meet with this card. Henry (12-2) is on a five-fight win series and is 2-0 at the UFC with a submission win over Hakeem Dawodu in his final outing. Ige (10-2) is 3-1 at the UFC and conquered Jordan Griffin via decision in his last bout. Although Ige has been strong in the UFC, I believe Henry has the higher ceiling and I would tend to prefer him .
Nad Narimani vs. Mike Grundy, UFC Fight Night 147
Top featherweight prospect Nad Narimani yields this when he chooses on UFC newcomer Mike Grundy. Narimani (12-2) is on a five-fight win series and is 2-0 so far in the UFC. Grundy (11-1) is a veteran of ACB and is riding an eight-fight win streak into this event. Grundy has a remarkable record but given the level of competition I would have to prefer Narimani here.
Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi, UFC Fight Night 147
And finally, there is an intriguing featherweight connection between Arnold Allen and Jordan Rinaldi. Allen (13-1) is 4-0 at the UFC and is riding a six-fight winning series overall. However, he has been hurt and usually fights just annually. Rinaldi (14-6) is 2-2 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Jason Knight. Even though Allen is coming from a long layoff I’d still have to favor him quite heavily to defeat Rinaldi.
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