This coming weekend, the UFC comes to us from Ft Campbell, Kentucky with their ‘FIGHT for the TROOPS 3′ event headlined by the Middleweight brawl between Tim Kennedy and Rafael Natal. The co-main event of the evening features Liz Carmouche taking on Alexis Davis, and notably, the undercard sees Amanda Nunes taking on Germaine de Randamie as this marked the first UFC event with more than one fight in the women’s divisions.
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Right now, Tim Kennedy is sitting at a solid (-360) favorite over Natal, who returns (+300). Kennedy won his UFC debut, taking out Roger Gracie, and his losses to Luke Rockhold and Ronaldo Souza in the past couple of years saw him take them the distance. Kennedy will be around the full three rounds of the fight, and Natal, despite an impressive record, has not been fighting at that level though he has a lot more UFC experience.
An interesting Lightweight bout scheduled for the main card has Rustam Khabilov favored at (-165) over Jorge Masvidal, whose comeback is (+145). Khabilov is a prospect at 16-1, and he has a 2-0 UFC record, but he has not faced anyone with the overall ring experience of Jorge Masvidal, which makes it a test for the Russian. Masvidal fought his last outing, where he choked out Michael Chiesa, with some urgency, and he needs to fight that way. There are times when he gets lulled into a slow paced fight, but Khabilov wont give him that luxury. If he meets aggression with Aggression, Masvidal can win this fight.
Carmouche is a big favorite heading into her match with Davis. Davis got a win in her UFC debut against Rosi Sexton and she is on a nice 3 fight winning streak. Carmouche however, will be the first lady to fight a third time in the UFC’s octagon, and is probably a win or two away from being the top contender as the division continues to mature. She topped Jessica Andrade in her last outing. A second stoppage in a row would pretty much seal her as the #2 girl in the weight class.