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 few fresh matchups in today’s 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, which is set for May 11 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. broke the news. Penn (16-13-2) is 12-12-1 all time in the Octagon and will be the former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion. But he has fallen on hard times as of late. Now age 40, he was only submitted by Ryan Hall through heel hook and is currently riding a six-fight win streak. He refuses to hang up the glasses, believing he could still hang in the UFC, but it is clear his very best times are years . Guida (34-18) is 14-2 all-time in the UFC and many recently lost by submission to Charles Oliveira. However, he beat Joe Lauzon and Erik Koch in back-to-back conflicts before that. Now, you just can’t select Penn to beat anybody about the UFC roster, and I’d tag Guida as a big favorite to win this fight despite his own struggles. .
Nordine Taleb vs. Siyar Bahadurzada, UFC Fight Night 150
An exciting 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 successive stoppage losses to Sean Strickland and Claudio Silva. Bahadurzada (24-7-1) is 3-3 at the UFC and many recently dropped a choice to Curtis Millender. Both men are on the downsides of their careers, but I view Bahadurzada as the complete fighter and might favor him to acquire 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 information. Oleynik (57-11, 1 NC) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a submission win over Mark Hunt. Though he is 41, he’s still battling at an elite level. Harris (12-7) is 5-6 from the UFC and just picked up the biggest win of his career, a split decision nod over Andrei Arlovski. Though Oleynik is getting up there in age, he has looked great as of late and has arguably the best submission game in the heavyweight division, period. Although Harris could cause Oleynik problems if this struggle stays standing, Oleynik’s advantage on the ground should make him a big betting popular in this bout.
Kyle Nelson vs. Matt Sayles, UFC Fight Night 150
Featherweights Kyle Nelson and Matt Sayles may even fulfill at UFC Fight Night 150. Nelson (12-2) lost to Carlos Diego Ferreira on short notice in his UFC debut, but that fight was up a weight class and he was on a six-fight win series on the regional scene prior to 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 bargain. This looks like a entire coin-flip and that I expect the line to be close a Select’em.
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