The UFC is planning on booking an intriguing lightweight bout between top-15 wrestlers. My ideas on that brand new matchup plus a few new spells added to Nashville in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Kevin Lee vs. Gregor Gillespie, May UFC Event
The UFC is targeting a lightweight bout between Kevin Lee and Gregor Gillespie to headline a yet-to-be-announced occasion in May, according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. The battle is not finalized yet but is very likely to be made official soon. Lee (17-4) is 10-4 at the UFC and in his final battle missing a five-round decision to Al Iaquinta. Before the Iaquinta reduction, Lee had put on a beatdown on Edson Barboza and despite a entry loss to Tony Ferguson before he remains one of the top lightweights in the game now. Gillespie (13-0) is a perfect 6-0 at the UFC and in his final fight picked up a TKO win over Yancy Medeiros. Lee is among the top-ranked lightweights in the UFC and is really the younger fighter in this matchup, but I truly believe in Gillespie and think he has the capability to be a champion in this sport. It’s likely to be a hard-fought struggle, but one I believe Gillespie can triumph. I’m curious to find out what the betting line is going to be for this one, but when Gillespie is a dog there will surely be worth betting on him at plus cash.
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Jesus Pinedo, UFC Fight Night 148
An enjoyable lightweight bout between Chris Gruetzemacher and Jesus Pinedo will happen at UFC Fight Night 148, set for March 23 at Bridgestone Arena at Nashville, Tennessee. Gruetzemacher (12-4) is currently 2-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a barbarous TKO win over Joe Lauzon. Pinedo (16-4-1) is riding a seven-fight win series and defeated Devin Powell by decision in his UFC debut. Pinedo is a really wonderful potential but Gruetzemacher has more expertise against a high level of competition and predicated on the triumph over Lauzon he has to be slightly favored here.
Eric Shelton vs. Jordan Espinosa, UFC Fight Night 148
A rare flyweight bout between Eric Shelton and also Jordan Espinosa is set for UFC Fight Night 148. Shelton (12-5) is 2-3 in the UFC and is coming off of a split decision win over Joseph Morales. Espinosa (13-5, 1 NC) is riding a four-fight win streak including a knockout win in Dana White’s Contender Series last summer. Shelton hasn’t been anything special in the UFC while Espinosa looks like he’s some good potential. I’d expect a snug line , with a little lean to the more dynamic Espinosa.
Chris Gutierrez vs. Ryan MacDonald, UFC Fight Night 148
Also at UFC Fight Night 148, bantamweight Chris Gutierrez will fulfill short-notice replacement Ryan MacDonald. Gutierrez (12-4-1) is coming off of a submission reduction to Raoni Barcelos in his UFC debut but had won three consecutive fights prior to that. MacDonald (10-0) is an undefeated prospect who is coming off of a submission win in LFA. He is carrying the fight on short notice to get an injured Martin Day. This ought to be a competitive struggle but despite the brief notice, the fact that MacDonald has never lost could make him a small betting popular at open here.
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