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 shown for this card, including the main 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 shown the newest batch of preliminary bouts.
Joseph Duffy vs. Marc Diakese, UFC Fight Night 147
Lightweights Joseph Duffy and Marc Diakese meet in what ought to 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 4-2 at the UFC but has not fought since a 2017 KO loss to James Vick. He’s one of those few men to conquer Conor McGregor. Diakese (12-3) is 2-3 at the UFC but those three losses have come in his last few outings. The UFC is giving Duffy a winnable fight here against a really beatable opponent in Diakese, and I fully anticipate Duffy to open 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 submission wins at the UFC over Johnny Eduardo and Andre Ewell. Quinonez (7-2) is currently 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Teruto Ishihara. I know Quinonez is about a nice win streak but to me this is a big mismatch and it looks like a battle that the UFC reserved as a way to get Wood an impressive win in the front of the English fans.
Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige, UFC Fight Night 147
Featherweights Danny Henry and Dan Ige will meet on 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 conclusion in his final bout. Although Ige has been solid 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 even when he takes on UFC newcomer Mike Grundy. Narimani (12-2) is really on a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 thus 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 a remarkable record but given the degree of competition I would have to prefer Narimani here.
Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi, UFC Fight Night 147
And finally, there is an interesting featherweight connection between Arnold Allen and Jordan Rinaldi. Allen (13-1) is currently 4-0 at the UFC and is riding a six-fight winning streak in general. But he has been hurt and generally fights just annually. Rinaldi (14-6) is currently 2-2 at the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Jason Knight. Even though Allen is coming from a long layoff I’d still need to prefer him very heavily to defeat Rinaldi.
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