Among the greatest fighters in MMA history is set to return to the Octagon after this spring. Plus, the UFC’s return to Ottawa receives a few new matchups in the current MMA odds and ends.
BJ Penn vs. Clay Guida, UFC 237
A lightweight bout between BJ Penn and Clay Guida is famous for UFC 237, that can be set for May 11 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. MMAFighting.com broke the news. Penn (16-13-2) is 12-12-1 all-time from the Octagon and will be the former UFC welterweight and lightweight winner. But he has fallen on hard times as of late. Now age 40, he was just submitted by Ryan Hall through heel hook and is now riding a six-fight win streak. He won’t hang up the glasses, believing he can still hang in the UFC, but it is clear his best times are years . Guida (34-18) is 14-2 all-time in the UFC and many recently lost by submission to Charles Oliveira. However, he beat Joe Lauzon and Erik Koch in back-to-back conflicts before that. Now, you simply can not select Penn to beat anybody about the UFC roster, and I’d label Guida as a big favorite to win this battle despite his very own struggles. .
Nordine Taleb vs. Siyar Bahadurzada, UFC Fight Night 150
An intriguing welterweight bout between Nordine Taleb and Siyar Bahadurzada will take place at UFC Fight Night 150, set for May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Taleb (14-6) is 6-4 in the UFC and is coming off of consecutive stoppage declines to Sean Strickland and Claudio Silva. Bahadurzada (24-7-1) is 3-3 at the UFC and most recently dropped a decision to Curtis Millender. Both men are on the drawbacks of their livelihood, but I see Bahadurzada as the more complete fighter and would favor him to win this one.
Alexey Oleynik vs. Walt Harris, UFC Fight Night 150
Heavyweights Alexey Oleynik and Walt Harris are set to clash at UFC Fight Night 150. Ariel Helwani broke the news. Oleynik (57-11, 1 NC) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Mark Hunt. Though he’s 41, he’s still battling at an elite level. Harris (12-7) is 5-6 in the UFC and just picked up the biggest win of his career, a split decision nod over Andrei Arlovski. Though Oleynik is getting up there in age, he’s looked great as of late and has arguably the best entry game at the heavyweight division, period. Although Harris can cause Oleynik issues if this struggle stays standing, Oleynik’s advantage on the ground should make him a large betting favorite in this bout.
Kyle Nelson vs. Matt Sayles, UFC Fight Night 150
Featherweights Kyle Nelson and Matt Sayles will even fulfill at UFC Fight Night 150. Nelson (12-2) lost to Carlos Diego Ferreira on short notice in his UFC debut, but that struggle was a weight class and he was on a six-fight win streak on the regional scene before that. Sayles (7-2) chose to Sheymon Moraes in his UFC debut following a nice win on Dana White’s Contender Series made him a UFC bargain. This resembles a entire coin-flip and that I expect the line to be near a Pick’em.
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