BEN ASKREN VS. JORGE MASVIDAL, FRANCIS NGANNOU VS. JUNIOR DOS SANTOS BOOKED FOR UFC 239
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The UFC recently announced the first batch of spells for the upcoming UFC 239 blockbuster card that takes place July 6 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In last week’s MMA Odds and Ends, I gave my initial thoughts on the two title fights at the peak of the invoice featuring Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos for the UFC light heavyweight title and Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm for your UFC women’s bantamweight title. Additionally, I gave my thoughts onto a fascinating light heavyweight matchup involving Luke Rockhold and Jan Blachowicz.
It appears the UFC wants to truly have a particular card for this season’s International Fight Week event, since based on ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, two exciting conflicts have been booked for UFC 239. One is a welterweight matchup involving Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal, and the other is a heavyweight bout between Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos. Below are my initial thoughts on the fights
Ben Askren vs. Jorge Masvidal, UFC 239
Welterweight contenders Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal meet at UFC 239 with an expected title shot at stake. UFC president Dana White originally told reporters after UFC 235 the promotion planned a rematch between Askren and Robbie Lawler, but once Lawler was booked in a rematch against Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN 4 it opened the door for Askren to combat a fresh face. Many figured the UFC would take the bait and publication Masvidal against Leon Edwards after their backstage scuffle in UFC London, but the advertising has instead decided to match Askren and Masvidal up in a prospective No. 1 contender’s bout.
Askren (19-0, 1 NC) had an odd UFC debut against Lawler, but ultimately did end up getting his hands raised. After living a hard slam and an early onslaught of ground punches, Askren managed to place Lawler in a bulldog choke, coaxing a phantom tapout out of referee Herb Dean. Fans did not wish to see a rematch, however, and the UFC ultimately recorded, providing”Funky” a new competitor. The former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight champion is undefeated in his career and is currently riding a five-fight win streak that includes four victories via stoppage. Together with his ability to talk a big game, Askren has quickly becoming fan popular amongst UFC lovers, and the advertising has evidently taken notice.
Masvidal (33-13) is 10-6 overall from the UFC and is coming from arguably the biggest win of his career, a brutal KO victory over Darren Until in the main event of UFC London. Masvidal had become a gatekeeper in 170lbs and had no fought in over a year following back-to-back conclusion losses to Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia. However, all of us know MMA is a”what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” sport along with the win over Till raised Masvidal’s inventory to the maximum degree it’s his whole career. He had been due for a huge struggle, along with the UFC considers this matchup against Askren is your best fight possible.
I adore this matchup, and I’m glad the UFC decided to reserve it since it is an intriguing battle involving two veterans of the game who are looking to get a title shot. Given Askren’s undefeated record along with his impressive wrestling pedigree, I think you have to give him the standing of betting favorite going into this bout. However, with Masvidal having strong takedown defense and a superior striking attack, he’ll be a live puppy once again.
Francis Ngannou vs. Junior dos Santos, UFC 239
At the same time, a heavyweight bout between Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos is famous for UFC 239, together with the winner likely stepping into the role of No. 1 rival to champion Daniel Cormier’s belt.
Ngannou (13-3) is 8-2 at the UFC and is coming from back-to-back knockout wins over Curtis Blaydes and Cain Velasquez. After two awful performances against Derrick Lewis and Stipe Miocic, it seems Ngannou has found his groove again in the heavyweight division.
Dos Santos (21-5) is 15-4 in the UFC and is now riding a three-fight win streak over Lewis, Blagoy Ivanov and Tai Tuivasa. The former UFC heavyweight champ is beginning to look like his old self once again, and at this point might be in contention for a UFC Hall of Fame place.
Both guys are on a roll at the moment, however given the fact Ngannou has taken far less harm in his career and gets got the hype train behind him again, I’d venture to guess he will be a tiny favorite here.
Great battle, also UFC 239 is starting to shape up as the ideal card of this year even without Conor McGregor available to fight.
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