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JUSSIER FORMIGA VS. JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ ADDED TO UFC ON ESPN 4

The Octagon heads to Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 29 for ESPN 4.

It has been previously declared that the headliner is going to be a five-round welterweight rematch between former champions Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler, and now we understand four of the other fights on the card, such as a title eliminator in the flyweight division. These bouts are official according to the UFC. The new bouts are listed below, along with my initial ideas on them.
Jussier Formiga vs. Joseph Benavidez, UFC on ESPN 4
The most essential of this new batch of struggle announcements is a flyweight bout between Jussier Formiga and Joseph Benavidez, which is expected to garner the winner a title shot at 125lbs. Formiga (23-5) is 9-4 at the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win streak that includes a dominant win over Deiveson Figueiredo in his final outing. After several years as a gatekeeper, it eventually looks like Formiga has turned the page and has entered contender status. Benavidez (27-5) is 13-3 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Dustin Ortiz and Alex Perez. Both guys are tremendous fighters in the flyweight division, but awarded Benavidez’ restart and high quality of wins over the years, I’d have to favor him going into this battle.
Maurice Greene vs. Junior Albini, UFC on ESPN 4
Heavyweights Maurice Greene and Junior Albini are scheduled to battle. Greene (7-2) is currently 2-0 at the UFC with back-to-back wins over Jeff Hughes and Michel Batista. The triumph over Hughes was especially impressive as Greene was an underdog heading into the bout. Albini (14-5) is 1-3 from the UFC and has lost three consecutive fights including a TKO loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik in his final outing. This is a bizarre matchup contemplating one fighter is about a win streak and the other one is on a losing skid, but should you believe Greene is the hometown fighter, it looks like that the UFC is throwing him a bone here in order to get an easy win in front of his supporters. Greene ought to be a big favorite in this one.
Drew Dober vs. Marco Polo Reyes, UFC on ESPN 4
An intriguing lightweight bout sees Drew Dober take on Marco Polo Reyes. Dober (20-9, 1 NC) is 6-5, 1 NC overall from the UFC and is coming from a submission loss to Beneil Dariush. Prior to this Dariush struggle, Dober had won three consecutive fights, but once more his lack of entry defense cost him his win streak. Reyes (8-5) is currently 4-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a TKO loss to Damir Hadzovic. He has knockout power himself, but Dober has a good chin so that may not come in to play. Both guys have been very inconsistent in the UFC, but Dober appears to be a bit stronger and that is why I would marginally prefer him in what ought to be a stand-up fight.
Vinicius Moreira vs. Roman Dolidze, UFC on ESPN 4
And lastly, light heavyweights Vinicius Moreira and Roman Dolidze are set to fulfill. Moreira (9-2) is 0-1 in the UFC with a brutal KO loss to Alonzo Menifield in his Octagon introduction which snapped a five-fight win streak. Dolidze (6-0) is undefeated so far in his MMA career with all of his wins coming by stoppage. Moreira looked terrible in his UFC debut and you need to fade him here and figure Dolidze ought to be able to complete him in devastating fashion.
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