UFC 235 ADDS JOHNNY WALKER VS. MISHA CIRKUNOV

There are a few fascinating new spells which were shown for upcoming battle cards, and here are my first reactions to those bouts in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Johnny Walker vs. Misha Cirkunov, UFC 235
An injury to Ovince Saint-Preux has knocked him out of his UFC 235 matchup against 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 the replacement matchup. Walker (16-3) seems like he might be the next huge thing in 205lbs. The Brazilian is about 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 chance to beat a ranked fighter and jump into the branch’s top-10. Cirkunov (14-4) is 5-1 at the UFC with all of his wins coming from stoppage, but he has been knocked out two. Cirkunov was arguably the best potential in the light heavyweight division at one stage, but Walker is now, and I would need to believe Walker will be a large favorite to win this fight.
Alejandro Perez vs. Cody Stamann, UFC 235
Because of an accident to Song Yadong, Alejandro Perez will now take on Cody Stamann in UFC 235. Perez (21-6-1) is 7-1-1 in the UFC and conquer Eddie Wineland in his final struggle. Stamann (17-2) is 3-1 at the UFC and is coming off of a submission reduction to Aljamain Sterling. Perez has an awesome record but stylistically Stamann presents matchup problems for him. I believe Perez will be the favorite as a result of his win series, however, Stamann is quite live here.
Luis Pena vs. Steven Peterson, UFC Fight Night 148
Featherweights Luis Pena and Steven Peterson will meet UFC Fight Night 148, taking place March 23 at Bridgestone Arena at Nashville, Tennessee. Rodney James broke the information. Pena (5-1) is 1-1 at the UFC and also 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 off of a split decision win over Matt Bessete. Close fight here between two men who need to find some more consistency, but based on his popularity Pena will surely be the betting favorite in this one despite creating his 145lbs introduction.
David Branch vs. Jack Hermansson, UFC on ESPN two Middleweights David Branch and Jack Hermansson are set to lock horns at UFC on ESPN 2, taking place March 30 in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Branch (22-5) is 2-2 in his most recent stint at the UFC but is coming from a sudden KO loss to Jared Cannonier. Hermansson (18-4) is 5-2 at the Octagon and is coming off of back-to-back stoppage wins over Thales Leites and Gerald Meerschaert. Branch was on a fantastic win series for a while but both knockout losses he’s from the UFC concerns me. I’d have to prefer Hermansson within this one just according to his momentum and also the fact he’s the younger and larger fighter in this matchup.
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