BJ PENN VS. CLAY GUIDA ADDED TO UFC 237
Among the best fighters in MMA history is set to return to the Octagon later this spring. Plus, the UFC’s return to Ottawa receives a couple of new matchups in the current MMA odds and ends.
BJ Penn vs. Clay Guida, UFC 237
A lightweight bout between BJ Penn and Clay Guida is slated for UFC 237, that can be set for May 11 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. MMAFighting.com broke the information. Penn (16-13-2) is 12-12-1 all time in the Octagon and is the former UFC welterweight and lightweight winner. However, he’s really fallen on hard times as of late. Now age 40, he had been only submitted by Ryan Hall via heel hook and is now riding a six-fight win series. He refuses to hang up the glasses, believing he could still hang in the UFC, but it’s clear his best times are years behind him. Guida (34-18) is 14-2 all time from the UFC and most recently lost by submission to Charles Oliveira. However, he beat Joe Lauzon and Erik Koch in back-to-back conflicts before that. At this point, you simply can’t pick Penn to beat anybody about the UFC roster, also I would tag Guida as a big favorite to win this battle despite his very own struggles. .
Nordine Taleb vs. Siyar Bahadurzada, UFC Fight Night 150
An intriguing welterweight bout between Nordine Taleb and Siyar Bahadurzada will take place at UFC Fight Night 150, set for May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Taleb (14-6) is 6-4 in the UFC and is coming from consecutive stoppage declines to Sean Strickland and Claudio Silva. Bahadurzada (24-7-1) is 3-3 at the UFC and many recently dropped a decision to Curtis Millender. Both guys are on the drawbacks of their livelihood, but I see Bahadurzada as the complete fighter and might favor him to win this one.
Alexey Oleynik vs. Walt Harris, UFC Fight Night 150
Heavyweights Alexey Oleynik and Walt Harris are set to battle UFC Fight Night 150. Ariel Helwani broke the news. Oleynik (57-11, 1 NC) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Mark Hunt. Though he is 41, he’s still battling at an elite level. Harris (12-7) is 5-6 in the UFC and only picked up the biggest win of his career, a split decision nod over Andrei Arlovski. Although Oleynik is getting up there in age, he’s looked fantastic as of late and has arguably the best submission game in the heavyweight division, period. Though Harris could cause Oleynik problems if this fight remains standing, Oleynik’s edge on the floor should make him a big betting favorite in this particular bout.
Kyle Nelson vs. Matt Sayles, UFC Fight Night 150
Featherweights Kyle Nelson and Matt Sayles will also meet at UFC Fight Night 150. Nelson (12-2) lost to Carlos Diego Ferreira on short notice in his UFC debut, but that fight was a weight class and he had been on a six-fight win streak on the regional scene before that. Sayles (7-2) chose to Sheymon Moraes in his UFC debut following a nice win on Dana White’s Contender Series earned him a UFC deal. This looks like a total coin-flip and that I expect the line to be close a Pick’em.
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