The Octagon heads to Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 29 for ESPN 4.
It’s been previously declared that the headliner will be a five-round welterweight rematch between former winners Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler, and we know four of the other fights on the card, including a title eliminator at the flyweight division. These fires are official as per the UFC. The new bouts are listed below, along with my first ideas on them.
Jussier Formiga vs. Joseph Benavidez, UFC on ESPN 4
The most essential of this new batch of struggle announcements is that a flyweight bout between Jussier Formiga and Joseph Benavidez, which can be expected to garner the winner a title shot 125lbs. Formiga (23-5) is 9-4 in the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win streak that includes a dominant win over Deiveson Figueiredo in his last outing. After several years as a gatekeeper, it eventually looks like Formiga has turned the page, and it has entered contender status. Benavidez (27-5) is 13-3 at the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Dustin Ortiz and Alex Perez. Both men are tremendous fighters in the flyweight division, but given Benavidez’ restart and high quality of wins through the years, I would have to favor him heading into this battle.
Maurice Greene vs. Junior Albini, UFC on ESPN 4
Heavyweights Maurice Greene and Junior Albini are scheduled to clash. Greene (7-2) is currently 2-0 in the UFC with back-to-back wins over Jeff Hughes and Michel Batista. The triumph over Hughes was especially striking as Greene was an underdog heading into the bout. Albini (14-5) is 1-3 from the UFC and has lost three consecutive fights including a TKO loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik in his last outing. This is a weird matchup contemplating one fighter is on a win streak and the other one is on a losing skid, but if you consider Greene is your hometown fighter, it looks like that the UFC is throwing him a bone here in order to get an easy win before his supporters. Greene ought to be a big favorite in this one.
Drew Dober vs. Marco Polo Reyes, UFC on ESPN 4
An exciting lightweight bout sees Drew Dober take on Marco Polo Reyes. Dober (20-9, 1 NC) is 6-5, 1 NC total in the UFC and is coming from a submission reduction to Beneil Dariush. Prior to the Dariush fight, Dober had won three consecutive fights, but once more his lack of entry defense cost him his win series. Reyes (8-5) is 4-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a TKO loss to Damir Hadzovic. He’s knockout power himself, but Dober includes a solid chin so that might not come in to play. Both men have been quite inconsistent in the UFC, but Dober seems to be a little more durable and that’s why I would marginally favor him in what ought to be a stand-up struggle.
Vinicius Moreira vs. Roman Dolidze, UFC on ESPN 4
And lastly, light heavyweights Vinicius Moreira and Roman Dolidze are set to fulfill. Moreira (9-2) is 0-1 in the UFC with a brutal KO loss to Alonzo Menifield within his Octagon introduction which snapped a five-fight win series. Dolidze (6-0) is undefeated so far in his MMA career with all his wins coming by stoppage. Moreira looked terrible in his UFC debut and you need to fade him here and figure Dolidze should be able to complete him in devastating fashion.
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