UFC Russia Occurs April 20 in Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Also These bouts have been added to the card.
Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan, UFC Fight Night 149
Lightweight contender Islam Makhachev returns to the Octagon when he takes on UFC newcomer Arman Tsarukyan at UFC Fight Night 149. Igor Lazorin broke the news. Makhachev (16-1) has gone 5-1 overall in the Octagon and is now riding a four-fight win series that includes back-to-back stoppage wins over Gleison Tibau and Kajan Johnson. Tsarukyan (13-1) is only 22 and has finished 10 fights, such as a brutal head kick KO win over former UFC fighter Felipe Olivieri in his last outing. He has won 12 straight fights including victories along with other former UFC fighters Junior Assuncao and Takenori Sato. Although Makhachev is a tremendous talent and will certainly be a heavy favourite here, I had been impressed appearing into Tsarukyan and give him a decent chance of making this fight aggressive.
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk , UFC Fight Night 149
Light heavyweights Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Michal Oleksiejczuk will meet in a fight that is not likely to go three complete rounds. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 in the UFC but has been knocked out in barbarous manner by Ion Cutelaba in his final outing. Oleksiejczuk (13-2, 1 NC) recently returned from a yearlong USADA suspension to score a TKO win over Gian Villante. Both guys are dangerous fighters, but I anticipate Oleksiejczuk to be greatly favored here.
Magomed Mustafaev vs Rafael Fiziev, UFC Fight Night 149
Lightweights Magomed Mustafaev and Rafael Fiziev are set to battle at this event. Mustafaev (13-2) won his first two fights in the UFC but was filed by Kevin Lee back in November 2016 and hasn’t fought since. Fiziev (6-0) has completed all six of his expert bouts such as a head kick KO win in Titan FC his last time out. Although Russian fighters always get respect from bettors, dependent on Mustafaev’s long layoff and Fiziev’s undefeated record, I expect Fiziev to be a big favorite here.
Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi, UFC Fight Night 149
Bantamweight prospects Movsar Evloev and Seung Woo Choi are also set to battle. Evloev (10-0) was a winner in M-1 and seems to be on the Petr Yan fast-track to the UFC’s top-15 ranks. Choi (7-1) has won five of his pro fights by knockout and is making his UFC debut. Both men appear to be solid prospects but awarded Evloev’s undefeated record he is surely going to be the favorite here.
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Alen Amedovski
Middleweights Krzysztof Jotko and Alen Amedovski are place to fight. Denis Geyko broke the information. Jotko (19-4) was at once an up-and-coming middleweight contender but has fallen on hard times as of late with three straight losses, such as successive TKO defeats to Brad Tavares and Uriah Hall. Amedovski (8-0) is fighting from Macedonia and has won eight of his pro fights by knockout with his last two wins coming in Bellator. Amedovski seems like a very promising prospect and given the deteriorating state of Jotko’s chin, I would go with the newcomer here.
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