The UFC recently declared its return to Sacramento, California, set for July 13 in Golden 1 Center. A number of fresh bouts have been added into the card, and my initial thoughts on these are below.
Nicco Montano vs. Sara McMann, UFC Fight Night 155
Former UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano will go back to the Octagon as she moves up to the bantamweight division when she takes on Sara McMann. Montano (4-2) won TUF 26 with a decision win over Roxanne Modafferi back in December 2017 but has not competed since then as a result of some USADA breach and many issues making weight. She ran through the contest on TUF, but so far hasn’t done anything at the UFC. Perhaps moving up in fat can help her out, but it is hard to say at this point. McMann (11-5) 5-5 overall in the UFC and has not won a fight since a 2017 submission triumph over Gina Mazany. Since that time she has dropped back-to-back entry defeats to Ketlen Vieira and Marion Reneau and looks like a shell of her former self. This is fantastic matchmaking here and also an intriguing style matchup, but with bettors surely looking to fade McMann I would anticipate Montano for a small favorite in this one.
Ryan Hall vs. Darren Elkins, UFC 155
Featherweights Ryan Hall and Darren Elkins are place to fight. Hall (7-1) won TUF 22 and has since gone 3-0 in the UFC with wins over Artem Lobov, Gray Maynard, also in his last outing, a gorgeous heel hook entry win over BJ Penn.. He barely struggles, but when he does he’s showed some fantastic potential. Elkins (24-7) is 14-6 overall in the UFC but has lost back-to-back conflicts to Ricardo Lamas and Alexander Volkanovski. However, he’s one of the toughest fighters in 145lbs there’s. Although Hall is an excellent grappler, Elkins ought to have the ability to neutralize him, and awarded all of his success in the UFC he should be the favorite in this struggle.
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Livia Renata Souza, UFC 155
A fascinating women’s strawweight bout between Cynthia Calvillo and Livia Renata Souza can also be set for this particular card. Calvillo (8-1) is 5-1 in the UFC and has won back fights over Poliana Botelho and Cortney Casey because her lone career loss to Carla Esparza. Souza (13-1) is currently riding a four-fight win streak and has won both of her UFC bouts over Alex Chambers and Sarah Frota. This is a really good fight between two of their greatest strawweights on the planet. If I had to guess, Calvillo will be a tiny favorite because of having more UFC experience and a bigger name, but Souza absolutely is a live dog to win this fight.
Benito Lopez vs. Martin Day, UFC 155 And lastly, bantamweight prospects Benito Lopez and Martin Day are set to clash. Lopez (9-1) is currently 1-1 at the UFC with a decision win over Albert Morales along with a submission loss to Manny Bermudez in his final outing, the initial loss of his MMA career. Still, he is only 25 and remains a leading prospect in 135lbs. Day (8-3) lost a split decision to Pingyuan Liu in his UFC debut last year. Although dawn is a good fighter, Lopez has much more upside and should be the preferred here.
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