The official press conference was recently held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event of this card has been formally announced to be UFC women’s strawweight winner. Jessica Andrade, with a pair of co-main events including Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jose Aldo at featherweight. (Instead, Aldo stated he could be forced to pull out with trauma, and Renato Moicano was rumored as a replacement.) A few new supporting struggles were added into the card, and my first thoughts on them are under.
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Francisco Trinaldo, UFC 237
An intriguing lightweight bout between Carlos Diego Ferreira and Francisco Trinaldo has been reserved for UFC 237. broke the news. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall in the UFC and is riding an impressive four-fight win streak at the moment. That includes a decision win over Rustam Khabilov in his final fight that pushed him nearer to the top-15 in 155lbs. Trinaldo (23-6) is 13-5 overall in the UFC and is coming from a vicious TKO victory over Evan Dunham that hauled him into retirement. Although Trinaldo is 40, he’s proven time and time again he is one of the best lightweights in the world, and he is the perfect opponent to check where Ferreira is at right now. That being said, I think you need to favor Ferreira here provided his current win streak, and the opening line for this bout will be interesting to see.
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos, UFC 237
Bantamweights Said Nurmagomedov and Raoni Barcelos will fulfill UFC 237. Gracie Mag broke the news. Nurmagomedov (13-1) is currently 2-0 at the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win series overall including a knockout win over Ricardo Ramos in his last bout. Barcelos (13-1) is really on a six-fight win streak and is 2-0 at the UFC as nicely with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his final struggle, which appears even better following his latest victory over Ryan MacDonald. Both these men are promising young fighters also this really is a wonderful fight. I would expect something close to a Select Celtics lineup here, with perhaps a slight lean to Barcelos because of fighting in Brazil.
UFC 237 vs. Sergio Moraes, warlley Alves An intriguing 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 finally ended up obtaining the battle. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a sudden TKO loss to James Krause. He simply hasn’t lived up to the hype after his triumph on TUF Brazil 3 and is likely in a must-win situation here. Moraes (14-4-1) is 8-3-1 complete from the UFC and lately had a two-fight win streak snapped by a decision loss to Anthony Rocco Martin. The two Alves and Moraes are strong fighters with holes in their own game, but given the childhood benefit for Alves I’d expect him to be a small favorite here.
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Thiago Moises, UFC 237
And lastly, featherweights Kurt Holobaugh and Thiago Moises will meet 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 at the grappling department by Beneil Dariush in his UFC debut, which snapped a two-fight win streak. Both these guys are talented yet faulty fighters, and bettors can anticipate a Pick’em type of line for this bout, with possibly a slight edge to Moises.
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