On Wednesday, the UFC held a press conference for the coming UFC Fight Night 147 card, which takes place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. A range of bouts have been revealed with this card, including the main event between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal and the co-main event between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson, and in the press conference the UFC revealed the newest batch of preliminary spells.
Joseph Duffy vs. Marc Diakese, UFC Fight Night 147
Lightweights Joseph Duffy and Marc Diakese match in what ought to be an exciting connection between two strikers. NewsomeMMA first reported the news that Diakese is filling in for the injured Stevie Ray. Duffy (16-3) is 4-2 at the UFC but hasn’t fought since a 2017 KO loss to James Vick. He is one of the few men to defeat Conor McGregor. Diakese (12-3) is 2-3 in the UFC but those three losses have come in his last few outings. The UFC is providing Duffy a winnable battle here against a really beatable opponent in Diakese, and I fully anticipate Duffy to open as a sizable favorite.
Nathaniel Wood vs. Jose Quinonez, UFC Fight Night 147
Rising bantamweight star Nathaniel Wood will aim to continue his win streak when he takes on Jose Quinonez. Wood (15-3) is on a seven-fight win series overall with submission wins in the UFC over Johnny Eduardo and Andre Ewell. Quinonez (7-2) is currently 4-1 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Teruto Ishihara. I know Quinonez is on a nice win series but to me this is a major mismatch also it looks like a battle that the UFC reserved in order to get Wood an impressive win in the front of the English lovers.
Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige, UFC Fight Night 147
Featherweights Danny Henry and Dan Ige will meet on this card. Henry (12-2) is on a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 at the UFC with a submission win over Hakeem Dawodu in his final outing. Ige (10-2) is 3-1 at the UFC and conquered Jordan Griffin via conclusion in his last bout. Though Ige has been solid in the UFC, I think Henry has the higher ceiling and I would tend to prefer him .
Nad Narimani vs. Mike Grundy, UFC Fight Night 147
Top featherweight prospect Nad Narimani returns at this even when he chooses on UFC newcomer Mike Grundy. Narimani (12-2) is really on a five-fight win series and is 2-0 thus much in the UFC. Grundy (11-1) is a veteran of ACB and is riding an eight-fight win streak into this event. Grundy has a remarkable record but given the degree of competition I would have to prefer Narimani here.
Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi, UFC Fight Night 147
And lastly, there’s an interesting featherweight connection between Arnold Allen and Jordan Rinaldi. Allen (13-1) is currently 4-0 in the UFC and is riding a six-fight winning streak overall. However, he’s been frequently injured and usually fights just annually. Rinaldi (14-6) is currently 2-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Jason Knight. Though Allen is coming from a very long layoff I’d still have to favor him very heavily to conquer Rinaldi.
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