MMA Odds and Ends for Tuesday: Two New Bouts Added To UFC Liverpool
The UFC only just announced the upcoming UFC Liverpool card a few days ago but already a number of matchups have been booked for the event, and now fans can be excited for two more fights being added to the card. UFC Fight Night 130 takes place May 27 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, and both of these new bouts were reported by MMANytt.com.
Gina Mazazy vs. Lina Lansberg, UFC Liverpool
The first new bout is a women's bantamweight bout between Gina Mazany and Lina Lansberg. Mazany (5-1) is a 10-year veteran of the sport but has barely fought over the last decade as she only has six fights. However, she made a committment to full-time fighting a few years back after her stint on The Ultimate Fighter and since then has made the UFC, going 1-1 with a submission loss to Sara McMann and a decision win over Yanan Wu. Lansberg (7-3) got the call to the UFC when she took on Cris "Cyborg" Justino on short notice and up a weight class and was unsurprisingly knocked out. She bounced back with a decision win over Lucie Pudilova but was knocked out by Aspen Ladd in her last fight. At 36, she probably doesn't have much time left in the sport. Mazany is a whole lot younger and in my opinion has looked better in the UFC, and she should be a slight favorite heading into this fight.
Eric Spicely vs. Darren Stewart, UFC Liverpool
The second new bout is a middleweight bout between Eric Spicely and Darren Stewart. Spicely (11-3) is 2-3 in the UFC but he's lost his last two fights by stoppage. The 29-year-old had a breakthrough performance a few years back when he submitted Thiago Santos but has really struggled in recent fights and has shown poor durability. Stewart (7-3, 1 NC) is 0-3, 1 NC in the UFC and is lucky to be getting another fight. The 27-year-old Brit knocked out Francimar Barroso in his UFC debut but the fight was later overturned to a No Contest due to an illegal headbutt. He then lost a decision to Barroso in the rematch and decided to move down to middleweight, where he was submitted by Karl Roberson and Julian Marquez in his last two fights. However, the fight with Marquez won "Fight of the Night" and it likely earned Stewart one more bout in the Octago. Despite Spicely's win over Santos, I don't trust his durability and believe Stewart has a great chance to finish him. Having said that, I still believe Spicely will be slightly favored heading into the bout.
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