MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: TWO INJURY REPLACEMENT BOUTS ANNOUNCED
Another day, another accident — in actuality, this time there were just two. For today’s MMA Odds and Ends, I’ll record the two fights that were changed and provide my thoughts on each of them. Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili, UFC Fight Night 66 Alex White has been forced to pull out of his fight with Mark Eddiva at UFC Fight Night 66, and Levan Makashvili will now take on Eddiva on extremely short notice as the card happens May 16 at Mall of Asia Arena at Pasay, Philippines. Eddiva is 1-1 at the UFC with a surprise decision win over Jumabieke Tuerxun and also a TKO loss to Kevin Souza. He’s actually outperformed expectations inside the Octagon and overall is a fairly solid grinder who can bang a little. Makashvili, meanwhile, is a grinder-type who is making his UFC debut. He was supposed to fight Nik Lentz back at UFC Fight Night 60, however, the fight was cancelled at the last minute when Lentz got ill. This is a tough one. I’d assert Makashvili is the better fighter and also the greater prospect of the set, but Eddiva has got the UFC experience and he’ll be fighting in his home country of Manila here. Eddiva is not the type of fighter who will get much respect from the betting public, but he’s pretty solid and I believe he puts up a good fight against Makashvili. I would anticipate a close line with this one having a small lean towards Makashvili because he has a little more hype surrounding him, but it’s a fight I believe could go either way. Jake Collier vs. Ricardo Abreu, UFC Fight Night 68 Because of an accident to Daniel Sarafian, Ricardo Abreu had a new opponent and the UFC called upon Jake Collier to fight him at UFC Fight Night 68, which takes place June 6 at Smoothie King Center at New Orleans, Louisiana. Collier is 0-1 in the UFC using a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Miranda in his debut. He had been doing very well in the struggle and then in the end of the initial round faded badly and compensated for it using a KO conquer. Abreu, on the other hand, is undefeated at 5-0 in his profession and defeated Wagner Silva via submission in his UFC debut. However, the struggle was a year ago and he has not fought because, so he will have any ring rust heading into this one. That is another tough one to call. I believe Collier is the better fighter of the two, however he’s not someone to be trusted with your hard-earned money after we saw what happened in his UFC debut. I don’t think Abreu is like his record indicates, but he’s a good chance of picking up a win in this struggle. It is a close one, however, one that could go either way, and that I expect the line to reflect that.
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