NEW BOUTS ADDED TO UFC LONDON INCLUDING RETURN OF JOSEPH DUFFY
On Wednesday, the UFC held a media conference for its upcoming UFC Fight Night 147 card, which takes place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. A number of bouts have previously been revealed for this card, including the most important event between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal and the co-main occasion between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson, also 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 ought to be an exciting bout between two strikers. NewsomeMMA first reported the news that Diakese is filling in for the injured Stevie Ray. Duffy (16-3) is 4-2 in the UFC but has not fought since a 2017 KO loss to James Vick. He’s one of the few men to defeat Conor McGregor. Diakese (12-3) is 2-3 in the UFC but these three losses came in his last three outings. The UFC is providing Duffy a winnable fight here against a really beatable opponent in Diakese, and I fully expect Duffy to start as a large favored.
Nathaniel Wood vs. Jose Quinonez, UFC Fight Night 147
Rising bantamweight star Nathaniel Wood will aim to keep his win streak when he takes on Jose Quinonez. Wood (15-3) is on a seven-fight win series complete with entry wins in the UFC over Johnny Eduardo and Andre Ewell. Quinonez (7-2) is 4-1 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Teruto Ishihara. I understand Quinonez is about a nice win streak but to me this is a big mismatch and it looks like a fight the UFC booked as a way to get Wood an impressive win in the front of the British fans.
Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige, UFC Fight Night 147
Featherweights Danny Henry and Dan Ige will fulfill with this card. Henry (12-2) is really on a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 in the UFC with a submission win over Hakeem Dawodu in his final outing. Ige (10-2) is 3-1 at the UFC and defeated Jordan Griffin via decision in his final bout. Though Ige has been solid from the UFC, I think Henry has the higher ceiling and I would tend to favor him .
Nad Narimani vs. Mike Grundy, UFC Fight Night 147
Top featherweight prospect Nad Narimani returns this even when he chooses on UFC newcomer Mike Grundy. Narimani (12-2) is really on a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 so much in the UFC. Grundy (11-1) is a veteran of ACB and is riding an eight-fight win streak into this occasion. Grundy has an impressive record but given the level of competition I would have to favor Narimani here.
Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi, UFC Fight Night 147
And finally, there is an intriguing featherweight bout between Arnold Allen and Jordan Rinaldi. Allen (13-1) is currently 4-0 in the UFC and is riding a six-fight winning series overall. But he’s been hurt and usually fights just annually. Rinaldi (14-6) is 2-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Jason Knight. Though Allen is coming from a long layoff I would still have to favor him quite heavily to conquer Rinaldi.
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