The official media conference was held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena at 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 set of co-main events featuring Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jose Aldo in featherweight. (Instead, Aldo said he could be forced to pull out with injury, and Renato Moicano was rumored as a replacement.) A couple new supporting fights were added into the card, and my first thoughts on them are below.
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. 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 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 barbarous TKO victory over Evan Dunham that hauled him into retirement. Though Trinaldo is 40, he has proven time and time again he’s among the best lightweights in the world, and he is the ideal opponent to test in which Ferreira is at right now. That having been said, I believe you have to favor Ferreira here provided his current win streak, and the opening line for this particular 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 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 series and is 2-0 in the UFC as well with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his last struggle, which appears even better after his recent victory on Ryan MacDonald. Both of these guys are promising young fighters also this really is a great fight. I would expect something near a Select Celtics lineup here, with perhaps a small lean to Barcelos due to battling in Brazil.
Warlley Alves vs. Sergio Moraes, UFC 237 An exciting welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes is also 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 from a sudden TKO loss to James Krause. He simply 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. Both Alves and Moraes are solid boxers with holes in their own game, 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 finally, 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 successive 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 streak. These two men are gifted yet flawed fighters, and bettors may expect a Pick’em kind of line with this bout, with maybe a slight edge to Moises.
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