MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: OVINCE SAINT-PREUX VS. MISHA CIRKUNOV ADDED TO UFC 235

The light heavyweight division seems to have a resurgence in 2019 as yet another high-profile bout involving ranked contenders will occur in the coming months. That, and the UFC has introduced an additional fighter, and you can read my thoughts about each the news below in today’s MMA odds and ends. Ovince Saint-Preux vs. Misha Cirkunov, UFC 235 The UFC declared an interesting light heavyweight bout between top-15 ranked contenders Ovince Saint-Preux and Misha Cirkunov will take place at UFC 235, heading down March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Saint-Preux (23-12) is 11-7 overall from the UFC and has settled in to the role of gatekeeper in the light heavyweight division. OSP lost a crystal clear choice to Dominick Reyes his last time out, but he filed Tyson Pedro in impressive fashion his struggle before that. He’s not far removed from a three-fight win streak that included a KO over Corey Anderson and Von Flue chokes against Yushin Okami and Marcos Rogerio de Lima, though that streak might end up being the high point of his MMA career. The Reyes battle was certainly a step backward, however, as was a entry defeat to Ilir Latifi that preceeded that the Pedro win. OSP is a very good gatekeeper, but his days as a title contender seem to be over. Cirkunov (14-4) is 5-2 in the UFC and in his final expedition filed Patrick Cummins. He had been pumped out by Volkan Oezdemir and Glover Teixeira his two fights before that, but the triumph over Cummins place him back on track and reminded us all why the Latvian-Canadian was such an impressive prospect. Now that he is living in Las Vegas, this will be a hometown fight of sorts for him. Although I’m worried about Cirkunov’s chin allowing him down again, I think he has what it takes to beat OSP. I simply find OSP such a frustrating fighter to predict how he’s going to do, while I think Cirkunov is a bit more steady. I’d expect a competitive line, but with a little lean towards the fighter in Cirkunov. Craig White Cut, Evidence With Cage Warriors Former UFC welterweight Craig White has signed back with Cage Warriors, the advertising announced. Obviously, this means the UFC lately cut on him. White (14-9) had a tough go in the UFC after leaving Cage Warriors as one of its best welterweight contenders. He left his Octagon debut on very short notice and was finished by top-10 rated Neil Magny, cutting upwards of 30lbs to make weight. The UFC gave him a favorable matchup from Diego Sanchez in his second fight, but it did not go his way. Despite entering that bout as a significant favorite, White was dominated by an aging Sanchez also it was the kind of reduction that made the UFC want to decrease ties with White. However, he does have one saving grace here, and it is that Cage Warriors is on Fight Pass this past season. A couple of finishes for White and that he could well be signed back into the UFC, however he can fare much better as a middleweight heading forward. White’s competition because of his return to Cage Warriors hasn’t been announced yet, but he will struggle at Cage Warriors 102, which like UFC 235 additionally occurs March. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks.

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MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: OVINCE SAINT-PREUX VS. MISHA CIRKUNOV ADDED TO UFC 235

The light heavyweight division looks to have a resurgence in 2019 as yet another high profile bout involving ranked contenders will take place in the coming months. That, plus the UFC has released another fighter, and you can read my thoughts on each the news below in today’s MMA odds and ends. Ovince Saint-Preux vs. Misha Cirkunov, UFC 235 The UFC announced an interesting light heavyweight bout between top-15 rated contenders Ovince Saint-Preux and Misha Cirkunov will happen at UFC 235, heading down March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Saint-Preux (23-12) is 11-7 overall from the UFC and has settled into the role of gatekeeper in the light heavyweight division. OSP lost a crystal clear choice to Dominick Reyes his last time out, but he submitted Tyson Pedro in impressive fashion his struggle before that. He’s not far removed from a three-fight win streak that included a KO over Corey Anderson and Von Flue chokes against Yushin Okami and Marcos Rogerio de Lima, though that run may end up being the high point of his MMA career. The Reyes fight was certainly a step backward, however, as was a submission defeat to Ilir Latifi that preceeded the Pedro win. OSP is a really good gatekeeper, but his days as a title contender seem to be over. Cirkunov (14-4) is 5-2 at the UFC and in his last expedition filed Patrick Cummins. He was knocked out by Volkan Oezdemir and Glover Teixeira his two fights before this, but the win over Cummins place him back on track and reminded us why the Latvian-Canadian was such an impressive prospect. Now that he’s living in Las Vegas, this will be a hometown fight of sorts for him. Although I am worried about Cirkunov’s chin allowing him down again, I think he has what it takes to conquer OSP. I just find OSP such a bothersome fighter to forecast how he’s going to do, while I believe Cirkunov is somewhat more steady. I would anticipate a competitive lineup, but with a little lean towards the fighter in Cirkunov. Craig White Cut, Signs With Cage Warriors Former UFC welterweight Craig White has signed with Cage Warriors, the promotion announced. Obviously, this usually means the UFC recently cut him. White (14-9) had a rough go in the UFC after departing Cage Warriors as one of its best welterweight contenders. He made his Octagon debut on quite short notice and was finished by top-10 rated Neil Magny, cutting upwards of 30lbs to make weight. The UFC gave him a favorable matchup from Diego Sanchez in his second fight, but it did not go his way. Despite entering this bout as a substantial favored, White was ruled by an aging Sanchez and it was the type of reduction that made the UFC want to decrease ties with White. However, he does have one saving grace here, and it’s that Cage Warriors is on Fight Pass this season. A couple of finishes for White and that he could very well be signed back to the UFC, however he can fare much better as a middleweight heading forward. White’s competition because of his return to Cage Warriors hasn’t been announced yet, but he’ll fight at Cage Warriors 102, which such as UFC 235 also occurs March. Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be paid if you make a purchase after clicking on the links.

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