MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Trio Of New UFC Fights Booked

hall The UFC announced a trio of new bouts in the last 24 hours, and for today’s MMA Odds and Ends I’ll give my quick thoughts on all three fights. Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov, TUF Brazil 3 Finale A lightweight bout between veteran Rodrigo Damm and Rashid Magomedov was added to the TUF Brazil 3 Finale. Damm is coming off a tight decision win over Ivan Jorge at UFC Fight Night 36, while Magomedov is coming off a hard-fought decision win over Tony Martin in his Octagon debut at UFC 169. I like Damm, but I like Magomedov even more and if he doesn’t get caught in a submission early on then he should win this fight. I just feel like this someone to watch out for in the UFC lightweight division, and while I do like Damm at 155lbs, I don’t think he wins this fight. Look for Magomedov to open around -250 in this fight, one that he should win in dominant fashion if he fights to his potential. Andy Enz vs. Marcelo Guimaraes, UFC Fight Night 44 A middleweight bout between Andy Enz and Marcelo Guimaraes will take place at UFC Fight Night 44, and it’s a must-win situation for both men as each are coming off of losses. Enz looked decent against Clint Hester at UFC 169 in his UFC debut, while Guimaraes is 1-1 overall and hasn’t fought since a knockout loss to Hyun Gyu Lim last February. That’s a long layoff, and considering Guimaraes is nothing special to begin with, I’d have to say that he enters the fight as the underdog. I’m thinking Enz opens around -185 or so here, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that number gets bet up based on the public’s disrespect of Guimaraes, whose fight two years ago against Dan Stittgen ranks amongst the worst in UFC history. Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos, UFC 175 And finally, a middleweight matchup between Uriah Hall and Thiago Santos has been added to UFC 175 in July. Both men are coming off of destructive stoppages of Chris Leben and Thiago Santos, respectively, and the winner of this match will no doubt get a step up in competition. Still, while Santos did look great against Markes, this fight is clearly Hall’s to win or lose and he should enter the fight as a decent-sized favorite. I’m thinking Hall opens up around -300 for this fight, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the betting public bets him up to over 4-to-1 based on the lack of respect Santos has been given in his first two UFC fights.

Written by Adam Martin.

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