One of the best 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 link between BJ Penn and Clay Guida is slated for UFC 237, that 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 will be the former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion. However, he’s fallen on hard times as of late. Now age 40, he was just submitted by Ryan Hall through heel hook and is currently riding a six-fight win streak. He won’t hang up the glasses, presuming he could still hang in the UFC, but it is clear his very best times are years . Guida (34-18) is 14-2 all time from the UFC and many recently lost by submission to Charles Oliveira. But he beat Joe Lauzon and Erik Koch in back-to-back fights before that. At this point, you simply can’t select Penn to beat anyone on the UFC roster, also I would label Guida as a large favorite to win this battle 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 happen at UFC Fight Night 150, set for May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Taleb (14-6) is 6-4 at the UFC and is coming off of consecutive 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 guys are on the drawbacks of their careers, but I see Bahadurzada as the 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 clash at UFC Fight Night 150. Ariel Helwani broke the news. Oleynik (57-11, 1 NC) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming off of a submission win over Mark Hunt. Though he’s 41, he is still fighting 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. 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, period. Though Harris could cause Oleynik issues if this fight stays standing, Oleynik’s edge on the ground should make him a big betting favorite in this bout.
Kyle Nelson vs. Matt Sayles, UFC Fight Night 150
Featherweights Kyle Nelson and Matt Sayles will also fulfill at UFC Fight Night 150. Nelson (12-2) lost to Carlos Diego Ferreira on brief notice in his UFC debut, but that struggle was a weight class and he was on a six-fight win streak on the regional arena before that. Sayles (7-2) chose to Sheymon Moraes in his UFC debut after a nice win on Dana White’s Contender Series earned him a UFC deal. This resembles a entire coin-flip and that I expect the line to be close a Pick’em.
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