The UFC is planning on booking a fascinating lightweight bout between top-15 wrestlers. My ideas on that brand new matchup plus a couple new bouts inserted 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 isn’t 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 choice to Al Iaquinta. Ahead of the Iaquinta loss, Lee had set on a beatdown on Edson Barboza and even though a entry loss to Tony Ferguson before that, he remains among the best lightweights in the sport now. Gillespie (13-0) is a perfect 6-0 at the UFC and in his last fight picked up a TKO win over Yancy Medeiros. Lee is among those top-ranked lightweights from the UFC and is actually the younger fighter in this matchup, but I truly believe in Gillespie and believe that he has the potential to be a champion in this sport. It is likely to become a hard-fought struggle, but one I think Gillespie can win. I am curious to find out what the gambling line will be with this one, however if Gillespie is a puppy there will definitely be worth betting on him at plus money.
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 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 nice potential but Gruetzemacher has more expertise against a high level of competition and based on the win 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 place for UFC Fight Night 148. Shelton (12-5) is 2-3 at the UFC and is coming from a split decision win over Joseph Morales. Espinosa (13-5, 1 NC) is riding a four-fight win series such as a knockout win in Dana White’s Contender Series past summer. Shelton hasn’t been anything special in the UFC while Espinosa seems like he has some solid potential. I would anticipate a snug line here, with a slight lean to the 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 from a submission loss to Raoni Barcelos in his UFC debut but’d won three straight fights prior to that. MacDonald (10-0) is an undefeated prospect who is coming from a submission win in LFA. He is taking the fight on short notice for an injured Martin Day. This should be a competitive struggle but regardless of the short notice, the simple fact that MacDonald has never lost could make him a little betting popular at open here.
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