Another day, yet another injury — in actuality, this time there were just two. For the current MMA Odds and Ends, I’ll record the two fights that were altered and give my thoughts on each of them. Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili, UFC Fight Night 66 Alex White has been forced to pull from his struggle with Mark Eddiva at UFC Fight Night 66, and Levan Makashvili will now take on Eddiva on extremely short notice since the card takes place May 16 at Mall of Asia Arena at Pasay, Philippines. Eddiva is 1-1 in the UFC with a surprise conclusion win over Jumabieke Tuerxun and a TKO loss to Kevin Souza. He’s really outperformed expectations inside the Octagon and overall is a pretty solid grinder that can bang a little. Makashvili, meanwhile, is a grinder-type who’s making his UFC debut. He was supposed to fight Nik Lentz back in UFC Fight Night 60, however, the fight was cancelled at the last minute when Lentz got ill. This is a tough one. I’d assert Makashvili is the better fighter and also the better prospect of the set, but Eddiva gets the UFC experience and he’ll be fighting in his home country of Manila here. Eddiva isn’t the type of fighter who will get much respect from the gambling public, but he is pretty strong and I think he sets up a good struggle against Makashvili. I would anticipate a close line with this one with a small lean towards Makashvili because he’s got a little more hype surrounding him, but it’s a struggle I believe can go either way. Jake Collier vs. Ricardo Abreu, UFC Fight Night 68 Due to an accident to Daniel Sarafian, Ricardo Abreu had a fresh opponent and the UFC called upon Jake Collier to fight him at UFC Fight Night 68, which takes place June 6 at Smoothie King Center at New Orleans, Louisiana. Collier is 0-1 in the UFC using a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Miranda in his debut. He had been doing very well in the fight and then at the conclusion of this initial circular faded badly and paid for it using a KO conquer. Abreu, on the other hand, is undefeated at 5-0 in his profession and conquered Wagner Silva via submission in his UFC debut. On the other hand, the struggle was a year ago and he hasn’t fought since, so he’ll presumably have any ring rust going into this one. This is another tough one to predict. I believe Collier is the better fighter of the two, however he is not a person to be reliable with your hard-earned cash after we saw what happened in his UFC debut. I don’t think Abreu is like his record suggests, but he has a good chance of picking up a win in this struggle. It is a close one, however, one which could go either way, and I expect the line to reflect that.
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