The UFC recently announced 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 first thoughts on them are below.
Nicco Montano vs. Sara McMann, UFC Fight Night 155
Former UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano will return 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 choice win over Roxanne Modafferi back in December 2017 but hasn’t competed since then due to some USADA breach and many issues making weight. She conducted through the competition on TUF, but so far hasn’t done anything in the UFC. Maybe moving up in fat can help her out, but it is hard to say now. McMann (11-5) 5-5 overall from the UFC and hasn’t won a fight since a 2017 submission win 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 good matchmaking here and an intriguing fashion matchup, but with bettors surely looking to fade McMann I’d anticipate Montano to be 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 gone 3-0 at the UFC with wins over Artem Lobov, Gray Maynard, and in his last outing, a gorgeous heel hook submission win over BJ Penn.. He barely struggles, but when he does he’s revealed some fantastic potential. Elkins (24-7) is 14-6 overall from the UFC but has dropped back-to-back fights to Ricardo Lamas and Alexander Volkanovski. Still, he is among the toughest fighters at 145lbs there is. Although Hall is an excellent grappler, Elkins ought to be able to neutralize himand given all of his achievement from the UFC he must be the favorite in this fight.
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Livia Renata Souza, UFC 155
A fascinating women’s strawweight bout between Cynthia Calvillo and Livia Renata Souza is also set for this particular card. Calvillo (8-1) is 5-1 in the UFC and has won back conflicts over Poliana Botelho and Cortney Casey since her lone career loss to Carla Esparza. Souza (13-1) is currently riding a four-fight win series and has won both of her UFC bouts over Alex Chambers and Sarah Frota. This is a great battle between two of their best strawweights in the world. When I had to guess, Calvillo will be a tiny favored because of getting more UFC experience and a bigger title, 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 in 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 stays a leading prospect in 135lbs. Day (8-3) lost a split decision to Pingyuan Liu in his UFC debut last year. Although Day is a good fighter, Lopez has much more upside and should be the favorite here.
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