The first couple bouts have been revealed for the UFC’s forthcoming cards from Rochester and Greensboro, and I’ll give my initial takes on these matchups below.
Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks, UFC Fight Night 151
Moving up from the women’s flyweight division is Sijara Eubanks, and she’ll fight Aspen Ladd in UFC Fight Night 151, taking place May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. MMAjunkie broke the information. Ladd (7-0) is undefeated in her profession and is 2-0 at the UFC with a barbarous TKO win over Tonya Evinger in her last outing. Eubanks (4-2) is 2-0 at the UFC and conquer Roxanne Modafferi by choice in her final fight. This is really a rematch of the pair’s past bout in Invicta, which Ladd won by decision. I’m expecting another competitive struggle this moment around, but once again I would have to prefer Ladd to win the battle.
Trevin Giles vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 151
Also added to UFC Fight Night 151 is a middleweight bout between Trevin Giles and Zak Cummings. Giles (11-0) is 2-0 in the UFC but has not fought since a KO win over Antonio Braga Neto in December 2017. Cummings (22-6) is 7-3 in the UFC and is coming from a split decision win over Trevor Smith. Cummings is merely a gatekeeper at this stage of his profession while Giles is a leading prospect at 185lbs, and he will probably be a huge favorite here despite his long layoff.
Mike Trizano vs. Grant Dawson, UFC Fight Night 151
Featherweight prospects Mike Trizano and Grant Dawson will meet at UFC Fight Night 151. The Democrat and Chronicle broke the information. Trizano (8-0) won TUF 27 and is indeed far 2-0 from the UFC including an upset win over Luis Pena his out time. Dawson (13-1) won a decision over Julian Erosa in his UFC debut and is riding a four-fight win streak right now. Both guys are solid prospects but Dawson seems to get more respect in the window and I expect him to be favored at open.
Pat Cummins vs. Ed Herman, UFC Fight Night 151
Light heavyweights Pat Cummins and Ed Herman are set to meet at UFC Fight Night 151. Cummins (10-6) is 6-6 in the UFC and is coming off of two straight losses to Misha Cirkunov and Corey Anderson. Herman (23-14, 1 NC) is one of the longest tenured UFC fighters also contains an all-time listing of 10-11, 1 NC overall in the Octagon. However, he has fallen on hard times as of late with a three-fight losing skid such as declines to Gian Villante, CB Dollaway and Nikita Krylov. At this point you need to fade Herman against anybody, and Cummins should be a tiny favorite here.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Allen Crowder, UFC Fight Night 153
Heavyweights Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Allen Crowder are set to meet UFC Fight Night 153, occurring June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Crowder’s team declared the bout. Rozenstruik (7-0) picked up a great knockout win over Junior Albini in his UFC debut. Crowder (10-3, 1 NC) is 1-1 at the UFC and is coming off of a DQ win over Greg Hardy. This looks like the UFC penalizing Crowder for whatever motive as I fully anticipate Rozenstruik to get a knockout win.
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