MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: TWO INJURY REPLACEMENT BOUTS ANNOUNCED

Another day, yet another accident — in actuality, this time there were just two. For the current MMA Odds and Ends, I will list the 2 fights which were changed and give my thoughts on each of these. Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili, UFC Fight Night 66 Alex White has been forced to pull from his struggle with Mark Eddiva in UFC Fight Night 66, also Levan Makashvili will now take on Eddiva on extremely short notice since the card happens May 16 at Mall of Asia Arena at Pasay, Philippines. Eddiva is 1-1 in the UFC with a surprise decision win over Jumabieke Tuerxun along with also a TKO loss to Kevin Souza. He’s actually outperformed expectations within the Octagon and overall is a fairly solid grinder who can bang a bit. Makashvili, meanwhile, is a grinder-type who’s making his UFC debut. He was supposed to combat Nik Lentz back in UFC Fight Night 60, however, the struggle was cancelled at the last minute when Lentz got sick. This is a tough one. I’d argue Makashvili is the better fighter and also the better prospect of the set, but Eddiva has got the UFC experience and he will be fighting in his home nation of Manila here. Eddiva is not the kind of fighter that will get much respect from the betting public, but he is pretty solid and I think he sets up a fantastic fight against Makashvili. I’d anticipate a close line for this one with a slight lean towards Makashvili because he’s got a bit more hype surrounding himbut it is a struggle I believe could go either way. Jake Collier vs. Ricardo Abreu, UFC Fight Night 68 Because of an accident to Daniel Sarafian, Ricardo Abreu had a fresh opponent and the UFC called upon Jake Collier to fight him at UFC Fight Night 68, which takes place June 6 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Collier is 0-1 at the UFC using a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Miranda in his debut. He was doing very well in the fight and then in the end of this initial round faded badly and compensated for it with a KO defeat. 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 fight was a year ago and that he has not fought because, so he will presumably have any ring rust going into this one. This is another tough one to predict. I think Collier is the better fighter of the two, but he is not a person to be trusted with your hard-earned cash after we watched what occurred in his UFC debut. I don’t think Abreu is as good as his record indicates, but he has a good chance of picking up a win in this fight. It is a close one, though, one that could go either way, and I expect the line to signify that.

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