The Octagon heads to Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 20 for UFC Fight Night 149, along with the card is Now Beginning to shape up.
Though the UFC has not officially declared the following bouts, various media sources have reported themand it’s expected the UFC makes them official shortly. Here are my ideas on the first three famous fights for UFC St. Petersburg.
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexander Volkov, UFC Fight Night 149
The main event of UFC Fight Night 149 is scheduled for a five-round heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov. Denis Geyko broke the news. Overeem (44-17, 1 NC) is 9-6 overall at the UFC and is coming from a TKO win over Sergey Pavlovich. Volkov (30-7) is 4-1 in the UFC and is coming from a shocking last-second KO loss to Derrick Lewis. Prior to that he had been on a six-fight win streak and was nearing name contention. Had Volkov lasted just 10 more minutes against Lewis he likely would have been battling for a name by now. I’m hoping people forget exactly how close Volkov was to winning this struggle, and perhaps he will be the puppy here against Overeem since he’s coming off of a knockout win. I just don’t think Overeem’s chin can be reliable against a long, skinny and potent striker such as Volkov, and I lean towards the Russian in this one.
Sergey Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm, UFC Fight Night 149
A fun heavyweight fight between Sergey Pavlovich and Marcelo Golm will also take place with this card. Via MMADNL, Igor Lazorin broke news. Pavlovich (12-1) was undefeated as a pro with most of his wins coming by knockout before he was knocked out by Overeem in his UFC debut. That has been too much of a step up for Pavlovich and the UFC is finally giving him a more favorable matchup in his home country. Golm (6-2) finished Christian Colombo in his Octagon introduction but has since lost decisions to Arjan Bhullar and Tim Johnson. Golm just hasn’t been impressive in the UFC whatsoever and although Pavlovich didn’t look good against Overeem he has many advantages in this fight. I expect the Russian to be a pretty big favorite to receive his hand raised as a outcome.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko, UFC Fight Night 149
And lastly, women’s flyweights Roxanne Modafferi and Antonina are set to battle at this function. MyMMANews.com broke the struggle . Modafferi (22-15) is 1-3 complete in the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Sijara Eubanks. She has had a bit of a career revival since going down to flyweight, but is clearly at an athletic drawback in this matchup. Shevchenko (7-0) is the sister of UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and she’s so far 1-0 in the Octagon with a decision win over Ji Yeon Kim. This is a very favorable matchup for Shevchenko over somebody who can’t match her in the striking and that I expect her to win a clear choice in this one. Look for her to be a big preferred to collect the win.
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