Among the greatest fighters in MMA history is set to return to the Octagon after this spring. Additionally, 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 famous for UFC 237, which is set for May 11 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. MMAFighting.com broke the news. Penn (16-13-2) is currently 12-12-1 all-time from the Octagon and is the former UFC welterweight and lightweight winner. 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 now riding a six-fight win series. He won’t hang up the glasses, presuming he can still hang at the UFC, but it is clear his very best times are years . Guida (34-18) is 14-2 all-time in the UFC and most recently lost by entry to Charles Oliveira. But he beat Joe Lauzon and Erik Koch in back-to-back conflicts before that. Now, you just can not select Penn to beat anybody on the UFC roster, and I would tag Guida as a large 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 happen at UFC Fight Night 150, set for May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Taleb (14-6) is 6-4 in the UFC and is coming off of successive stoppage declines to Sean Strickland and Claudio Silva. Bahadurzada (24-7-1) is 3-3 at the UFC and most recently dropped a decision to Curtis Millender. Both men are on the downsides of their livelihood, but I see Bahadurzada as the more complete fighter and would prefer 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 information. Oleynik (57-11, 1 NC) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Mark Hunt. Though he’s 41, he’s still battling at an elite level. Harris (12-7) is 5-6 in 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 fantastic as of late and has arguably the best entry game in the heavyweight division, period. Though Harris can cause Oleynik issues if this fight stays standing, Oleynik’s advantage on the ground should make him a big betting popular 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 up a weight class and he had been on a six-fight win series on the regional scene before that. Sayles (7-2) lost a decision to Sheymon Moraes in his UFC debut following a nice win on Dana White’s Contender Series made him a UFC deal. This resembles a entire coin-flip and that I expect the line to be near a Pick’em.
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