The UFC recently declared its return to Sacramento, California, set for July 13 at Golden 1 Center. A number of fresh bouts have been added to 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 upward to the bantamweight division when she takes on Sara McMann. Montano (4-2) won TUF 26 using a choice win over Roxanne Modafferi back in December 2017 but hasn’t competed since then due to a USADA violation and numerous problems making weight. She conducted through the competition on TUF, but so far has not done anything at the UFC. Perhaps moving up in fat will help her out, but it’s hard to say now. McMann (11-5) 5-5 general in the UFC and hasn’t won a fight as a 2017 submission triumph over Gina Mazany. Since then she has dropped back-to-back submission defeats to Ketlen Vieira and Marion Reneau and looks like a shell of her former self. This is fantastic matchmaking here and an intriguing fashion matchup, but with bettors surely looking to fade McMann I would expect Montano for a slight favorite in this one.
Ryan Hall vs. Darren Elkins, UFC 155
Featherweights Ryan Hall and Darren Elkins are place to battle. Hall (7-1) won TUF 22 and has since moved 3-0 at the UFC with wins over Artem Lobov, Gray Maynard, also in his last outing, a beautiful heel hook submission win over BJ Penn.. He hardly struggles, but when he does he has revealed 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 is. Although Hall is an excellent grappler, Elkins should be able to neutralize him, and awarded all of his achievement from the UFC he must be the favorite in this fight.
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Livia Renata Souza, UFC 155
An intriguing 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 now 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 the greatest strawweights on the planet. When I had to guess, Calvillo will be a small favorite because of having more UFC experience along with a bigger name, but Souza absolutely is a live puppy to win this fight.
UFC 155 vs. Martin Day, benito Lopez And finally, 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 entry loss to Manny Bermudez in his last outing, the initial loss of his MMA career. Still, he is only 25 and remains a top prospect at 135lbs. Day (8-3) lost a split decision to Pingyuan Liu in his UFC debut last year. Although Day is a solid fighter, Lopez has far more upside and ought to be the preferred here.
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