Another day, another injury — in fact, this time there were two. For the current MMA Odds and Ends, I will record the two fights which were altered and give my thoughts on each of these. Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili, UFC Fight Night 66 Alex White has been forced to pull out of his fight with Mark Eddiva at UFC Fight Night 66, and Levan Makashvili will now take on Eddiva on extremely short notice since the card happens May 16 at Mall of Asia Arena at Pasay, Philippines. Eddiva is 1-1 in the UFC with a surprise conclusion win over Jumabieke Tuerxun and a TKO loss to Kevin Souza. He’s really outperformed expectations inside the Octagon and general is a pretty solid grinder who will bang a bit. Makashvili, meanwhile, is a grinder-type who is making his UFC debut. He was supposed to fight Nik Lentz back at UFC Fight Night 60, but the fight was cancelled in the last minute when Lentz got ill. This is a tough one. I’d argue Makashvili is the fighter and the better prospect of the set, but Eddiva gets the UFC experience and he will be fighting in his home nation of Manila here. Eddiva isn’t the type of fighter who will get much respect from the gambling public, but he’s pretty solid and I believe he sets up a good fight against Makashvili. I would expect a close line for this one with a slight lean towards Makashvili because he’s got a little more hype surrounding himbut it is a fight I think could go either way. Jake Collier vs. Ricardo Abreu, UFC Fight Night 68 Because of an injury to Daniel Sarafian, Ricardo Abreu needed a new competitor and the UFC called upon Jake Collier to combat him UFC Fight Night 68, which takes place June 6 at Smoothie King Center at New Orleans, Louisiana. Collier is 0-1 in the UFC with a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Miranda in his debut. He had been doing very well in the struggle and then at the end of this first round faded badly and compensated for it with a KO conquer. Abreu, on the other hand, is undefeated at 5-0 in his profession and defeated Wagner Silva via entry in his UFC debut. However, the fight was a year ago and that he hasn’t fought because, so he’ll have some ring rust heading into this one. This is another tough one to predict. I believe Collier is the better fighter of the two, however he’s not a person to be reliable with your hard-earned money after we watched what occurred in his UFC debut. I really don’t think Abreu is like his record indicates, but he has a fantastic chance of picking up a win in this struggle. It is a close one, however, one which could go either way, and I expect the line to reflect that.

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