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UFC 235 ADDS JOHNNY WALKER VS. MISHA CIRKUNOV

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There are a couple intriguing new bouts that have been shown for upcoming fight cards, and here are my first reactions to these bouts in the current MMA odds and ends.
Johnny Walker vs. Misha Cirkunov, UFC 235
An accident to Ovince Saint-Preux has knocked him out of his UFC 235 matchup from Misha Cirkunov, and filling in on short notice will be Johnny Walker. UFC 235 occur March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. MMAFighting.com broke the news of this replacement matchup. Walker (16-3) looks like he might be the next huge thing at 205lbs. The Brazilian is on an eight-fight win streak and is 2-0 in the UFC with back-to-back KOs over Justin Ledet and Khalil Rountree. He is a star in the making and this battle will give him the opportunity to beat a ranked fighter and leap in the branch’s top-10. Cirkunov (14-4) is 5-1 in the UFC with all his wins coming by stoppage, but he himself has been knocked out twice. Cirkunov was arguably the best prospect in the light heavyweight division at the same point, but Walker is currently, and I would need to believe Walker will be a large favorite to win this battle.
Alejandro Perez vs. Cody Stamann, UFC 235
Due to an injury to Song Yadong, Alejandro Perez will now take on Cody Stamann at UFC 235. Perez (21-6-1) is 7-1-1 in the UFC and beat Eddie Wineland in his last struggle. Stamann (17-2) is 3-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a submission loss to Aljamain Sterling. Perez has an awesome album but stylistically Stamann poses matchup problems for him. I believe Perez is going to be the favorite due to his win series, but Stamann is very live here.
Luis Pena vs. Steven Peterson, UFC Fight Night 148
Featherweights Luis Pena and Steven Peterson will meet at UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Rodney James broke the news. Pena (5-1) is 1-1 at the UFC and lost a split decision to Michael Trizano his last time out. Peterson (17-7) is currently 1-1 at the UFC too and is coming from a split decision win over Matt Bessete. Close battle here between two guys who need to obtain some more consistency, but depending on his popularity Pena will surely be the betting favorite in this one despite making his 145lbs debut.
David Branch vs. Jack Hermansson, UFC on ESPN two Middleweights David Branch and Jack Hermansson are set to lock horns in UFC on ESPN 2, occurring March 30 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Branch (22-5) is 2-2 in his most recent stint in the UFC but is coming off of a surprising KO loss to Jared Cannonier. Hermansson (18-4) is 5-2 in the Octagon and is coming off of back-to-back stoppage wins over Thales Leites and Gerald Meerschaert. Branch was on a great win streak for a while but both knockout losses he’s from the UFC concerns me. I would have to favor Hermansson within this one only based on his momentum and also the fact he is the younger and bigger fighter in this matchup.
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