The very first couple bouts have been shown for the UFC’s forthcoming cards in Rochester and Greensboro, and I will present my initial takes on these matchups below.
Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks, UFC Fight Night 151
Moving upward 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 vicious TKO win over Tonya Evinger in her final outing. Eubanks (4-2) is 2-0 in the UFC and conquer Roxanne Modafferi by decision in her last fight. This is actually a rematch of the pair’s previous bout in Invicta, which Ladd won by decision. I’m expecting another aggressive fight this second time round, but once more I would need to favor Ladd to win the fight.
Trevin Giles vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 151
Also added to UFC Fight Night 151 is a middleweight bout between Trevin Giles and Zak Cummings. Giles (11-0) is currently 2-0 in the UFC but hasn’t fought since a KO win over Antonio Braga Neto in December 2017. Cummings (22-6) is 7-3 at the UFC and is coming from a split decision win over Trevor Smith. Cummings is just a gatekeeper at the stage of his career while Giles is a top prospect at 185lbs, and he’ll probably be a huge favorite here regardless of his lengthy layoff.
Mike Trizano vs. Grant Dawson, UFC Fight Night 151
Featherweight prospects Mike Trizano and Grant Dawson will fulfill UFC Fight Night 151. The Democrat and Chronicle broke the news. Trizano (8-0) won TUF 27 and is indeed far 2-0 from the UFC such as an upset win over Luis Pena his last time out. Dawson (13-1) chose over Julian Erosa in his UFC debut and is riding a four-fight win streak right now. Both men are strong prospects but Dawson seems to have more respect in 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 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 has an all-time record of 10-11, 1 NC overall from the Octagon. But he’s fallen on hard times as of late having a three-fight losing skid including declines to Gian Villante, CB Dollaway and Nikita Krylov. Now you have to fade Herman from anyone, 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, occurring June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Crowder’s team announced the bout. Rozenstruik (7-0) picked up a great knockout win over Junior Albini in his UFC debut. Crowder (10-3, 1 NC) is 1-1 in the UFC and is coming from a DQ win over Greg Hardy. This resembles the UFC punishing Crowder for whatever reason since I fully expect Rozenstruik to receive a knockout win.
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