MMA Odds and Ends for Tuesday: UFC Continues To Book New Matchups

Robbie PeraltaThe UFC continued to book a bevy of bouts for upcoming fight cards, and a few of them are sure to draw plenty of interest from sports bettors. Here they are, all the newest fight matchups in the UFC. Jeremy Larsen vs. Andre “Touchy” Fili, UFC 166 The first new fight announced is a featherweight bout at UFC 166 between Jeremy Larsen and Andre Fili, who is filling in on short notice for an injured Charles Oliveira. Fili is one of the top 145-pound prospects out there so I’m not surprised the UFC signed him, but it’s a tough spot to debut in as UFC 166 takes place next weekend. This is a difficult line to set, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Fili opened as a slight favorite as the public gives Larsen no respect and I fully expect them to back the Team Alpha Male product Fili. Estevan Payan vs. Robbie Peralta, UFC 168 The UFC added a featherweight matchup between Estevan Payan and Robbie Peralta to the year-end UFC 168 card. This is a fun little fight and I expect it to play out on the feet for three rounds, but I think Peralta is going to end up getting his hand raised. Look for Peralta to open around -250 or so, but after losing to Akira Corassani in his last fight it’s possible the public fades him and we get him at a better number. Bruno Santos vs. Krzysztof Jotko, UFC Fight Night 33 The UFC Fight Night 33 card continues to grow with the addition of a middleweight bout between Bruno Santos and Krzysztof Jotko, two UFC newcomers. confirmed the matchup. Admittedly, I don’t know much about either fighter, but I have seen Santos fight in Bellator and he impressed me against Giva Santana. However, that was quite a long time ago. I’m not really sure how the line for this fight will open, so do your homework on this fight and you might have a stronger lean for either guy than I do. Alex Garcia vs. Andreas Stahl, UFC Fight Night 33 Additionally, a welterweight matchup between UFC newcomers Alex Garcia and Andreas Stahl was also added to UFC Fight Night 33. broke the news. Like the last matchup, I don’t know much about either fighter, so I can’t say what I think the line will be. But I will say that both of these fighters are intriguing prospects, as Garcia is a TriStar gym product and Stahl has did some training with fellow Swede Alexander Gustafsson. Do your research for this one, and you might be able to find some value this December. Cedenblad Injured, Out of Sakara Matchup And finally, one more note to pass along, as Magnus Cedenblad has pulled out of his upcoming matchup at UFC Fight Night 30 against Alessio Sakara and now the UFC is looking for a replacement. There aren’t too many middleweights who are currently unbooked for fights, so look for the UFC to sign a new European fighter and give him a chance against the veteran Sakara later this month in England.

Written by Adam Martin.

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