The official media conference was recently held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event of this card was officially declared to be UFC women’s strawweight winner. 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. (As an aside, Aldo said he may be forced to pull out with trauma, and Renato Moicano was rumored as a replacement.) A couple new supporting fights were added to the card, and my first thoughts on them are below.
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. MMAFighting.com broke the information. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall at the UFC and is riding an impressive four-fight win streak at the moment. That includes a decision win over Rustam Khabilov in his last fight that pushed him nearer to the top-15 in 155lbs. Trinaldo (23-6) is 13-5 overall from the UFC and is coming off of a barbarous TKO victory over Evan Dunham that knocked him into retirement. Though Trinaldo is 40, he has proven time and time again he’s one of the best lightweights in the world, and he is the ideal opponent to test where Ferreira is at right now. That being said, I believe you need to favor Ferreira here given his current win streak, and the opening line with this bout will be interesting to see.
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos, UFC 237
Bantamweights Said Nurmagomedov and Raoni Barcelos will fulfill 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 series overall including a knockout win over Ricardo Ramos in his final bout. Barcelos (13-1) is on a six-fight win streak and is 2-0 in the UFC as nicely with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his final fight, which appears even better following his recent victory over Ryan MacDonald. Both of these guys are promising young fighters also this really is a wonderful battle. I’d expect something near a Pick ’em line here, with perhaps a slight 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 can also be set for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was initially rumored as Alves’ opponent, but Moraes ultimately ended up getting the fight. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming from a sudden TKO loss to James Krause. He just has not 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 in the UFC and recently had a two-fight win streak snapped by a decision loss to Anthony Rocco Martin. Both Alves and Moraes are strong boxers with holes in their match, but given the youth advantage for Alves I would expect him to be a small favorite here.
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Thiago Moises, UFC 237
And finally, 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 off of successive stoppage losses to Shane Burgos and Raoni Barcelos. Moises (11-3) was ruled at the grappling department by Beneil Dariush in his UFC debut, which snapped a two-fight win series. These two guys are gifted yet flawed fighters, and bettors may expect a Select’em kind of line with this bout, with possibly a slight advantage to Moises.
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