The Octagon heads to Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 29 for ESPN 4.
It has been previously declared that the headliner is going to be a five-round welterweight rematch between former champions Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler, and we know four of the other fights on the card, such as a title eliminator at the flyweight division. These bouts are official as per the UFC. The new spells are recorded below, along with my first ideas on them.
Jussier Formiga vs. Joseph Benavidez, UFC on ESPN 4
The most essential of this new batch of struggle announcements is a flyweight bout between Jussier Formiga and Joseph Benavidez, which can be expected to garner the winner a title shot 125lbs. Formiga (23-5) is 9-4 in the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win series that includes a dominant win over Deiveson Figueiredo in his last outing. After several years as a gatekeeper, it finally looks like Formiga has turned the page and has entered contender status. Benavidez (27-5) is 13-3 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Dustin Ortiz and Alex Perez. Both men are tremendous fighters in the flyweight division, but awarded Benavidez’ resume and quality of wins through the years, I would have to prefer him heading into this fight.
Maurice Greene vs. Junior Albini, UFC on ESPN 4
Heavyweights Maurice Greene and Junior Albini are scheduled to clash. Greene (7-2) is currently 2-0 at the UFC with back-to-back wins over Jeff Hughes and Michel Batista. The win over Hughes was particularly striking as Greene was an underdog heading into the bout. Albini (14-5) is 1-3 from the UFC and has lost three straight fights such as a TKO loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik in his final outing. This is a bizarre matchup contemplating one fighter is on a win streak and the other one is on a losing skid, but should you believe Greene is your hometown fighter, it resembles that the UFC is throwing him a bone here in order to find an easy win before his fans. Greene should be a huge favorite in this one.
Drew Dober vs. Marco Polo Reyes, UFC on ESPN 4
An exciting lightweight bout sees Drew Dober take on Marco Polo Reyes. Dober (20-9, 1 NC) is 6-5, 1 NC overall in the UFC and is coming from a submission reduction to Beneil Dariush. Before this Dariush struggle, Dober had won three straight struggles, but once more his lack of entry defense cost him his win series. Reyes (8-5) is 4-2 at the UFC and is coming off of a TKO loss to Damir Hadzovic. He’s knockout power himself, but Dober has a good chin so that might not come in to play. Both men have been very inconsistent in the UFC, but Dober appears to be a little more durable and that is why I would slightly prefer him in what ought to be a stand-up fight.
Vinicius Moreira vs. Roman Dolidze, UFC on ESPN 4
And finally, light heavyweights Vinicius Moreira and Roman Dolidze are place to meet. Moreira (9-2) is 0-1 in the UFC with a brutal KO loss to Alonzo Menifield within his Octagon debut which snapped a five-fight win series. Dolidze (6-0) is undefeated so far in his MMA career with all of his wins coming by stoppage. Moreira looked terrible in his UFC debut and you need to fade him figure Dolidze ought to be able to complete him in devastating fashion.
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