The UFC continued to announce a number of fresh bouts for its forthcoming cards. Here are the brand new matchups, together with my initial thoughts on these.
David Teymur vs. Charles Oliveira, UFC Fight Night 144
Lightweights David Teymur and Charles Oliveira will struggle at UFC Fight Night 144, occurring February 2 at Centro de Forma????o Ol??mpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil. Teymur (8-1) is 5-0 in the UFC and in his final excursion defeated Nik Lentz. He’s had trouble getting opponents to fight himas he’s very dangerous but not ranked from the top-15. Oliveira (25-8, 1 NC) is 13-8, 1 NC from the UFC and is coming off of a three-fight win streak, including a submission win over Jim Miller in his last fight. As great as Oliveira is on the ground, this looks like the sort of matchup that’s kryptonite for him against a much-better striker in Teymur who also has exceptional takedown defense. Because of this, I would really favor Teymur inside this fight.
Junior Albini vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik, UFC Fight Night 144
Due to an injury to Dmitry Sosnovskiy, Junior Albini will take on short-notice replacement Jarizinho Rozenstruik in UFC Fight Night 144. DWT broke the news. Albini (14-4) is 1-2 at the UFC and lost to Aleksiy Oleinik through Ezekiel choke in his last struggle. Rozenstruik (6-0) has won five of his battles with strikes except for his one look at RIZIN, which he won a determination in. Most bettors will look to fade Albini, however it is hard to say if this is the right place to fade him as Rozenstruik is very unproven against a decent level of competition.
Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon, UFC 234
Bantamweights Rani Yahya and Ricky Simon are set to clash at UFC 234, occurring February 10 at Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia. Combate broke the information. Yahya (26-9, 1 NC) is currently 11-3, 1 NC from the UFC and has won seven of his last eight battles complete. He’s a very underrated fighter and using a win here in case land a top-10 opponent. Simon (14-1) is currently 2-0 at the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win streak in general. Yahya has all of the experience but Simon has plenty of upside down and I’d rather go with the younger fighter inside this spot.
Sam Alvey vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov, UFC Fight Night 145
Light heavyweight actions between Sam Alvey and Gadzhimurad Antigulov will take place at UFC Fight Night 145, on February 23 at O2 Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic. Igor Lazorin broke the news. Alvey (33-11, 1 NC) is 10-6 at the UFC and has been recently knocked out by Antonio Rogerio Nogueria. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 at the UFC but suffered a KO loss to Ion Cutelaba in his final struggle. This ought to be a real banger of a fight but I have to fade Alvey inside this area and proceed with Antigulov, though I’m expecting a close line in any event.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Tom Breese, UFC Fight Night 147
Because of an injury to Alessio di Chirico, Cezar Ferreira has stepped up to fight Tom Breese at UFC Fight Night 147, which takes place March 16 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 overall in the UFC but is coming off of a disappointing conclusion loss to Ian Heinisch. Breese (11-1) is 4-1 in the UFC and blasted Dan Kelly in his UFC middleweight debut. Ferreira is a solid fighter but I don’t trust his chin against a powerful puncher like Breese, that I hope to be greatly favored here in his home nation.
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