Another day, another injury — in actuality, this time there were just two. For today’s MMA Odds and Ends, I will list the 2 fights which were altered and provide my thoughts on each of these. Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili, UFC Fight Night 66 Alex White has been forced to pull out of his struggle with Mark Eddiva in UFC Fight Night 66, also Levan Makashvili will now take on Eddiva on extremely short notice as the card happens May 16 at Mall of Asia Arena at Pasay, Philippines. Eddiva is 1-1 in the UFC with a surprise conclusion win over Jumabieke Tuerxun along with a TKO loss to Kevin Souza. He’s actually outperformed expectations inside the Octagon and overall is a pretty solid grinder that will bang a bit. Makashvili, meanwhile, is a grinder-type who is making his UFC debut. He was supposed to combat Nik Lentz back in UFC Fight Night 60, however, the fight was cancelled in the last minute when Lentz got sick. This is a tough one to predict. I would assert Makashvili is the fighter and also the better prospect of the set, but Eddiva gets the UFC experience and he’ll be fighting in his home country of Manila here. Eddiva is not the kind of fighter who will get much respect from the gambling public, but he’s pretty strong and I think he puts up a good fight against Makashvili. I’d anticipate a close line for this one having a slight lean towards Makashvili since he has a bit more hype surrounding him, but it is a fight I believe could go either way. Jake Collier vs. Ricardo Abreu, UFC Fight Night 68 Due to an injury to Daniel Sarafian, Ricardo Abreu had a new competitor and the UFC called upon Jake Collier to combat him UFC Fight Night 68, which takes place June 6 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Collier is 0-1 in the UFC using a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Miranda in his debut. He had been doing really well in the struggle and then in the end of this first round faded badly and compensated for it with a KO conquer. Abreu, on the other hand, is undefeated at 5-0 in his career and conquered Wagner Silva via submission in his UFC debut. However, the struggle was a year ago and that he hasn’t fought since, so he will have some ring rust going into this one. That is another tough one. I think Collier is the better fighter of the two, but he’s not someone to be reliable with your hard-earned cash after we watched what occurred in his UFC debut. I really don’t think Abreu is like his record suggests, but he has a good chance of picking up a win in this fight. It’s a close one, though, one which may go either way, and that I hope the line to reflect that.
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