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MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: RDA VS. COVINGTON TARGETED FOR UFC 224

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There are a couple new battle rumors to report on in the current MMA odds and ends, including an interim title fight that is sure to excite fans. Here are the bouts, along with my first thoughts on these:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington, UFC 224
According to a report by BJPenn.com, UFC 224 is going to get a serious main event. An interim welterweight title bout is being targeted between leading conteders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RDA vs. Covington is being targeted for the main event over the previously-announced women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. RDA (29-9) is a perfect 3-0 since moving up to welterweight such as a dominant choice win over Robbie Lawler in his final outing. The former lightweight kingpin will probably be seeking to put in a second belt for his mantlepiece. Covington (13-1) is 8-1 overall from the UFC and has won five-straight fights including a dominant decision on Demian Maia his out time. This is really a incredible matchup featuring two of the best welterweights in the UFC. I am expecting tight chances for this one, but perhaps with a lean towards RDA, who is more proven at the championship level from the Octagon.
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings, UFC Fight Night 129
A welterweight bout featuring Michel Prazeres and Zak Cummings is the Most Recent addition to UFC Fight Night 129, which goes down Saturday, May 19 in Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. This bout was supported by Globo. Prazeres (24-2) is 8-2 in the UFC and has won six-straight struggles. He’s been an underrated member of this UFC lightweight division but after multiple failed weight cuts he’s being made to move up to welterweight. At 5’6???, he is going to be one of the tiniest fighters in the division. Cummings (21-5) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming off of two-straight wins, but he had been recently injured through a bad weight reduction to get a bout against Thiago Alves and will soon be coming to this bout on a very long layoff. Despite Prazeres’ victory from the UFC, he’s still going to be a really modest welterweight and Cummings has shown himself to be a winner at 170lbs. I’d expect close odds with this one with possibly a slight lean towards Cummings, though I would caution betting against the underrated Prazeres even with the new weight class.
Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles, UFC Fight Night 129
A lightweight matchup involving Felipe Silva and Claudio Puelles has also been added to UFC Fight Night 129. Globo also reported that this tact. Silva (8-1) is currently 1-1 at the Octagon with a TKO win over Shane Campbell and a KO loss to Mairbek Taisumov. He’s been inactive in general averaging only one fight annually but has been successful when he does compete. Puelles (7-2) is 0-1 at the UFC, having suffered a KO loss to Martin Bravo in his introduction. But he is only 21 and ought to continue to enhance. This is a close fight but I’ll go with all the upside and say that Puelles should be preferred due to being 12 years younger, even though he hasn’t tasted success in the Octagon yet.
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