The very first couple bouts have been shown for the UFC’s forthcoming cards from Rochester and Greensboro, and I’ll give my first 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 will fight Aspen Ladd at UFC Fight Night 151, taking place May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. MMAjunkie broke the news. Ladd (7-0) is undefeated in her career and is 2-0 in the UFC with a barbarous TKO win over Tonya Evinger in her final outing. Eubanks (4-2) is 2-0 in the UFC and beat Roxanne Modafferi by decision in her final struggle. This is actually a rematch of the pair’s past bout in Invicta, which Ladd won by decision. I’m expecting another competitive struggle this second time round, but once again I would have to favor Ladd to win the fight.
Trevin Giles vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 151
Additionally added to UFC Fight Night 151 is a middleweight bout between Trevin Giles and Zak Cummings. Giles (11-0) is 2-0 at the UFC but has not fought since a KO win over Antonio Braga Neto at December 2017. Cummings (22-6) is 7-3 at the UFC and is coming from a split decision win over Trevor Smith. Cummings is merely a gatekeeper at this point of his profession while Giles is a top prospect in 185lbs, and he’ll likely be a huge favorite here despite his lengthy layoff.
Mike Trizano vs. Grant Dawson, UFC Fight Night 151
Featherweight prospects Mike Trizano and Grant Dawson will meet UFC Fight Night 151. The Democrat and Chronicle broke the information. Trizano (8-0) won TUF 27 and is so far 2-0 from the UFC including an upset win over Luis Pena his out time. Dawson (13-1) chose over Julian Erosa in his UFC debut and is riding a four-fight win series right now. Both men are solid prospects but Dawson appears to have more respect at the window and that 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 match at UFC Fight Night 151. Cummins (10-6) is 6-6 from 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 and 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 slide including losses to Gian Villante, CB Dollaway and Nikita Krylov. Now 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 match UFC Fight Night 153, taking place June 22 in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Crowder’s team declared the bout. Rozenstruik (7-0) picked up a fantastic knockout win over Junior Albini in his UFC debut. Crowder (10-3, 1 NC) is currently 1-1 at the UFC and is coming from a DQ win over Greg Hardy. This resembles the UFC punishing Crowder for whatever motive since I fully anticipate Rozenstruik to get a knockout win.
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