The official media conference was held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 at 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 at featherweight. (Instead, Aldo said he may be forced to pull out with trauma, and Renato Moicano was rumored as a replacement.) A couple 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 connection between Carlos Diego Ferreira and Francisco Trinaldo has been reserved for UFC 237. broke the information. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall in the UFC and is riding an impressive four-fight win streak right now. 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 knocked him to retirement. Though Trinaldo is 40, he’s proven time and time again he’s one of the best lightweights in the world, and he’s the ideal opponent to check where Ferreira is at right now. That having been said, I think you have to prefer Ferreira here given his recent win streak, and the opening line with this particular 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 information. Nurmagomedov (13-1) is 2-0 at 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 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 after his recent victory over Ryan MacDonald. Both these men are promising young fighters also this is a great battle. I’d expect something near a Select Celtics lineup here, with perhaps a small lean to Barcelos because of battling in Brazil.
UFC 237 vs. Sergio Moraes, warlley Alves An exciting welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes is also place for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was initially rumored as Alves’ opponent, but Moraes finally ended up getting the battle. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming from a sudden TKO loss to James Krause. He simply has not lived up to the hype following his win on TUF Brazil 3 and is probably in a must-win situation . Moraes (14-4-1) is 8-3-1 overall 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 solid boxers with holes in their own match, but given the childhood advantage for Alves I would 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 in the UFC, and is coming off of successive stoppage declines to Shane Burgos and Raoni Barcelos. Moises (11-3) was ruled at the grappling section by Beneil Dariush in his UFC debut, which snapped a two-fight win series. These two men are talented yet faulty fighters, and bettors may expect a Pick’em type of line with this particular bout, with maybe a small edge to Moises.
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