The official press conference was held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The principal event of the card was officially announced to be UFC women’s strawweight champion vs. Jessica Andrade, with a pair of co-main events featuring Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jose Aldo at featherweight. (Instead, Aldo stated he may be forced to pull out with trauma, and Renato Moicano has been rumored as a replacement.) A few new supporting fights were added to the card, and my initial 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 information. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall in the UFC and is riding an impressive four-fight win series at the moment. This includes a choice win over Rustam Khabilov in his last fight that pushed him nearer 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 hauled him into retirement. Though Trinaldo is 40, he’s proven time and time again he is among the best lightweights in the world, and he’s the perfect opponent to check where Ferreira is at right now. That being said, I think you need to prefer Ferreira here provided his current win series, 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 meet at UFC 237. Gracie Mag broke the information. Nurmagomedov (13-1) is currently 2-0 in the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win streak overall including a knockout win over Ricardo Ramos in his final bout. Barcelos (13-1) is really on a six-fight win series and is 2-0 at the UFC as well with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his final fight, which appears even better following his latest victory over Ryan MacDonald. Both of these men are promising young fighters also this really is a wonderful battle. I’d expect something close to a Pick Celtics lineup here, with possibly a small lean to Barcelos due to fighting in Brazil.
UFC 237 vs. Sergio Moraes, warlley Alves An exciting welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes can also be set for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was originally rumored as Alves‘ competition, but Moraes ultimately ended up obtaining the battle. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming from a surprising TKO loss to James Krause. He just has not lived up to the hype after his triumph on TUF Brazil 3 and is probably in a must-win situation . 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 match, but given the youth advantage 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 function. Holobaugh (17-6, 1 NC) has an overall record of 0-3 from the UFC, and is coming from consecutive 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 series. Both these guys are gifted yet flawed fighters, and bettors can anticipate a Pick’em type of line with this bout, with possibly a small advantage to Moises.
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