Among the greatest fighters in MMA history is set to return to the Octagon after this spring. Plus, the UFC’s return to Ottawa receives a couple of new 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 slated for UFC 237, that can be set for May 11 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. broke the news. Penn (16-13-2) is currently 12-12-1 all time in the Octagon and is the former UFC welterweight and lightweight winner. However, he’s fallen on hard times as of late. Now age 40, he was just submitted by Ryan Hall via heel hook and is now riding a six-fight win streak. He won’t hang up the glasses, believing he could hang in the UFC, but it is clear his very best times are years behind him. Guida (34-18) is 14-2 all time in the UFC and many recently lost by submission to Charles Oliveira. However, he beat Joe Lauzon and Erik Koch in back-to-back conflicts before that. At this point, you just can’t select Penn to beat anybody on the UFC roster, also I’d tag Guida as a large favorite to win this fight despite his very own struggles. .
Nordine Taleb vs. Siyar Bahadurzada, UFC Fight Night 150
An exciting welterweight bout between Nordine Taleb and Siyar Bahadurzada will take place at UFC Fight Night 150, set for May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Taleb (14-6) is 6-4 at the UFC and is coming off of successive stoppage losses to Sean Strickland and Claudio Silva. Bahadurzada (24-7-1) is 3-3 in the UFC and most recently dropped a choice to Curtis Millender. Both men are on the downsides of their careers, but I view Bahadurzada as the more complete fighter and might favor him to acquire 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 off of a submission win over Mark Hunt. Though he is 41, he is still fighting at an elite level. Harris (12-7) is 5-6 from the UFC and just picked up the biggest win of his career, a split decision nod over Andrei Arlovski. Although Oleynik is getting up there in age, he has looked fantastic as of late and has arguably the best submission game in the heavyweight division, span. Though Harris could cause Oleynik issues if this struggle remains standing, Oleynik’s advantage on the floor should make him a large betting popular in this 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 a weight class and he had been on a six-fight win series on the regional scene prior to that. Sayles (7-2) lost a decision to Sheymon Moraes in his UFC debut after a nice win on Dana White’s Contender Series made him a UFC bargain. This looks like a entire coin-flip and I expect the line to be near a Pick’em.
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