On Wednesday, the UFC held a press conference for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 147 card, which takes place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England. A range of bouts have been revealed for this card, including the main event between Darren Until and Jorge Masvidal and the co-main event between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson, and in the press conference the UFC revealed the latest batch of preliminary bouts.
Joseph Duffy vs. Marc Diakese, UFC Fight Night 147
Lightweights Joseph Duffy and Marc Diakese meet in what should be an exciting bout between two strikers. NewsomeMMA first reported the news that Diakese is filling in for the injured Stevie Ray. Duffy (16-3) is 4-2 in the UFC but hasn’t fought as a 2017 KO loss to James Vick. He is among the few guys to conquer Conor McGregor. Diakese (12-3) is 2-3 at the UFC but these three losses have come in his last three outings. The UFC is providing Duffy a winnable battle here against a really beatable competition in Diakese, and I totally anticipate Duffy to open as a sizable favorite.
Nathaniel Wood vs. Jose Quinonez, UFC Fight Night 147
Growing bantamweight star Nathaniel Wood will aim to keep his win streak when he takes on Jose Quinonez. Wood (15-3) is on a seven-fight win streak overall with entry wins in the UFC over Johnny Eduardo and Andre Ewell. Quinonez (7-2) is 4-1 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Teruto Ishihara. I understand Quinonez is on a nice win streak but to me this is a major mismatch and it looks like a battle that the UFC booked as a way to get Wood an impressive win in the front of the English fans.
Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige, UFC Fight Night 147
Featherweights Danny Henry and Dan Ige will fulfill on this card. Henry (12-2) is really on a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 in the UFC with a submission win over Hakeem Dawodu in his last outing. Ige (10-2) is 3-1 at the UFC and defeated Jordan Griffin via decision in his final bout. Though Ige has been strong in the UFC, I believe Henry has the higher ceiling and I’d tend to prefer him here.
Nad Narimani vs. Mike Grundy, UFC Fight Night 147
Top featherweight prospect Nad Narimani yields this when he chooses on UFC newcomer Mike Grundy. Narimani (12-2) is on a five-fight win streak 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 an impressive record but given the degree of competition I’d have to favor Narimani here.
Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi, UFC Fight Night 147
And finally, there’s an intriguing 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 series overall. However, he has been hurt and generally fights just once a year. Rinaldi (14-6) is currently 2-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Jason Knight. Even though Allen is coming off of a long layoff I’d still need to prefer him quite heavily to conquer Rinaldi.
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