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Another day, yet another injury — in fact, this time there were two. For the current MMA Odds and Ends, I will list the 2 fights which were changed and provide my thoughts on every one of these. Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili, UFC Fight Night 66 Alex White has been forced to pull from his fight with Mark Eddiva at UFC Fight Night 66, and Levan Makashvili will now take on Eddiva on extremely short notice as the card happens May 16 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines. Eddiva is 1-1 at the UFC with a surprise conclusion win over Jumabieke Tuerxun along with also a TKO loss to Kevin Souza. He has actually outperformed expectations inside the Octagon and general is a pretty good grinder who can bang a little. Makashvili, meanwhile, is still a grinder-type who’s making his UFC debut. He was supposed to combat Nik Lentz back at UFC Fight Night 60, but the fight was cancelled at the last minute when Lentz got ill. This is a tough one. I’d assert Makashvili is the fighter and the better prospect of this set, but Eddiva has the UFC experience and he will be fighting in his home country of Manila here. Eddiva isn’t the kind of fighter who will get much respect from the betting public, but he’s pretty strong and I think he puts up a fantastic struggle against Makashvili. I’d anticipate a close line with this one with a slight lean towards Makashvili because he has a bit more hype surrounding himbut it is a fight I believe can go either way. Jake Collier vs. Ricardo Abreu, UFC Fight Night 68 Because of an injury to Daniel Sarafian, Ricardo Abreu had a fresh competitor and the UFC called upon Jake Collier to fight him at UFC Fight Night 68, which takes place June 6 at Smoothie King Center at New Orleans, Louisiana. Collier is 0-1 at the UFC using a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Miranda in his debut. He had been doing very well in the fight and then in the conclusion of this initial circular faded badly and paid for it with a KO conquer. Abreu, on the other hand, is undefeated at 5-0 in his profession and conquered Wagner Silva via submission in his UFC debut. However, the fight was a year ago and that he hasn’t fought because, so he’ll presumably have any ring rust heading into this one. That is another tough one to call. I believe Collier is the better fighter of the two, however he is not a person to be trusted with your hard-earned cash after we watched what happened in his UFC debut. I don’t think Abreu is like his record indicates, but he has a good chance of picking up a win in this fight. It is a close one, however, one which may go either way, and that I expect the line to signify that.

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