The UFC continued to announce a range of fresh bouts for its forthcoming cards. Here are the new matchups, along with my first thoughts on these.
David Teymur vs. Charles Oliveira, UFC Fight Night 144
Lightweights David Teymur and Charles Oliveira will struggle at UFC Fight Night 144, taking place February 2 at Centro de Forma????o Ol??mpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil. Teymur (8-1) is 5-0 at the UFC and in his last excursion defeated Nik Lentz. He’s had trouble getting opponents to fight him, as he is very dangerous but not ranked in the top-15. Oliveira (25-8, 1 NC) is 13-8, 1 NC in the UFC and is coming from a three-fight win series, including a submission win over Jim Miller in his last fight. As great as Oliveira is on the floor, this looks like the sort of matchup that’s kryptonite for him against a much-better striker in Teymur who also has exceptional takedown defense. Because of this, I would actually favor Teymur inside this fight.
Junior Albini vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik, UFC Fight Night 144
Due to an injury to Dmitry Sosnovskiy, Junior Albini will take on short-notice replacement Jarizinho Rozenstruik at UFC Fight Night 144. DWT broke the information. Albini (14-4) is 1-2 at the UFC and lost to Aleksiy Oleinik via Ezekiel choke in his last struggle. Rozenstruik (6-0) has won five of his battles with strikes except for his one look at RIZIN, which he won a decision in. Most bettors will look to fade Albini, however it is hard to say if this is the right place to fade him in as Rozenstruik is quite unproven against a nice degree of competition.
Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon, UFC 234
Bantamweights Rani Yahya and Ricky Simon are set to clash at UFC 234, occurring February 10 in Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Combate broke the news. Yahya (26-9, 1 NC) is 11-3, 1 NC in the UFC and has won seven of his last eight battles complete. He is a very underrated fighter and with a win here in case land a top-10 opponent. Simon (14-1) is 2-0 in the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win series overall. Yahya has all of the expertise but Simon has lots of upside and I would rather go with the fighter inside this spot.
Sam Alvey vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov, UFC Fight Night 145
Light heavyweight action between Sam Alvey and Gadzhimurad Antigulov will happen at UFC Fight Night 145, on February 23 at O2 Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic. Igor Lazorin broke the news. Alvey (33-11, 1 NC) is 10-6 in the UFC and was most recently knocked out by Antonio Rogerio Nogueria. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 at the UFC but suffered a KO loss to Ion Cutelaba in his last fight. This ought to be a true banger of a struggle but I need to fade Alvey in this spot and go with Antigulov, though I am expecting a close line either way.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Tom Breese, UFC Fight Night 147
Due to an injury to Alessio di Chirico, Cezar Ferreira has awakened to combat Tom Breese in UFC Fight Night 147, which takes place March 16 in the O2 Arena in London, England. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 overall in the UFC but is coming off of a disappointing decision loss to Ian Heinisch. Breese (11-1) is 4-1 at the UFC and blasted Dan Kelly in his UFC middleweight debut. Ferreira is a good fighter but I do not trust his chin against a strong puncher like Breese, that I expect to be heavily favored within his home nation.
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