The official media conference was held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The principal event of this card was officially announced to be UFC women’s strawweight champion vs. Jessica Andrade, using a set of co-main events including Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jose Aldo in featherweight. (Instead, Aldo said he could be forced to pull out with injury, and Renato Moicano has been rumored as a replacement.) A few new supporting fights were added to the card, and my first thoughts on them are under.
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Francisco Trinaldo, UFC 237
An intriguing lightweight connection between Carlos Diego Ferreira and Francisco Trinaldo has been reserved for UFC 237. broke the information. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall at the UFC and is riding an impressive four-fight win series right now. This includes a choice win over Rustam Khabilov in his final fight that pushed him closer to the top-15 at 155lbs. Trinaldo (23-6) is 13-5 overall from the UFC and is coming from a vicious TKO victory over Evan Dunham that knocked him into retirement. Although Trinaldo is 40, he has proven time and time again he is one of the best lightweights in the world, and he’s the perfect opponent to test in which Ferreira is at right now. That being said, I believe you have to favor Ferreira here provided his recent win streak, and also the opening line with this bout will be interesting to see.
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos, UFC 237
Bantamweights Said Nurmagomedov and Raoni Barcelos will meet at UFC 237. Gracie Mag broke the news. Nurmagomedov (13-1) is 2-0 in the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win streak overall including a knockout win over Ricardo Ramos in his last bout. Barcelos (13-1) is on a six-fight win series and is 2-0 at the UFC as well with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his last fight, which looks even better after his latest victory on Ryan MacDonald. Both these guys are promising young fighters also this really is a great battle. I’d expect something close to a Select ’em line here, with possibly a slight lean to Barcelos due to fighting in Brazil.
Warlley Alves vs. Sergio Moraes An exciting welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes can also be place for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was originally rumored as Alves’ competition, but Moraes ultimately ended up getting the battle. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming from a surprising TKO loss to James Krause. He simply hasn’t lived up to the hype after his win on TUF Brazil 3 and is likely in a must-win situation . Moraes (14-4-1) is 8-3-1 complete from the UFC and recently had a two-fight win streak snapped by a decision loss to Anthony Rocco Martin. Both Alves and Moraes are strong fighters with holes in their match, but given the youth benefit for Alves I’d expect him to be a tiny favorite here.
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Thiago Moises, UFC 237
And lastly, featherweights Kurt Holobaugh and Thiago Moises will fulfill at this event. Holobaugh (17-6, 1 NC) has an overall record of 0-3 from the UFC, and is coming from successive stoppage declines to Shane Burgos and Raoni Barcelos. Moises (11-3) was dominated in the grappling department by Beneil Dariush in his UFC debut, which snapped a two-fight win streak. These two guys are gifted yet faulty fighters, and bettors may anticipate a Select’em kind of line for this particular bout, with possibly a slight advantage to Moises.
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