The official media conference was held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event of the card has been officially announced to be UFC women’s strawweight winner. Jessica Andrade, using a pair of co-main events featuring Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jose Aldo in featherweight. (Instead, Aldo stated he could be forced to pull out with injury, and Renato Moicano has been rumored as a replacement.) A couple new supporting struggles were added to the card, and my initial thoughts on them are under.
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Francisco Trinaldo, UFC 237
An intriguing lightweight connection between Carlos Diego Ferreira and Francisco Trinaldo has been booked for UFC 237. 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. This includes a choice win over Rustam Khabilov in his final fight that pushed him nearer to the top-15 at 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 to retirement. Though Trinaldo is 40, he has proven time and time again he’s among the best lightweights in the world, and he’s the ideal opponent to test where Ferreira is at right now. That having been said, I believe you need to prefer Ferreira here given his current win series, and also 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 UFC 237. Gracie Mag broke the news. 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 final bout. Barcelos (13-1) is on a six-fight win streak and is 2-0 at the UFC as nicely with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his last struggle, which looks even better following his latest victory on Ryan MacDonald. Both these men are promising young fighters and this really is a wonderful fight. I’d expect something near a Pick Celtics lineup here, with possibly a small lean to Barcelos due to fighting in Brazil.
UFC 237 vs. Sergio Moraes, warlley Alves An intriguing welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes is also set for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was originally rumored as Alves’ opponent, but Moraes ultimately ended up obtaining the battle. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming off of a surprising TKO loss to James Krause. He just has not lived up to the hype after his win on TUF Brazil 3 and is likely in a must-win situation . Moraes (14-4-1) is 8-3-1 overall from the UFC and recently had a two-fight win streak snapped by a decision loss to Anthony Rocco Martin. The two Alves and Moraes are solid fighters with holes in their own game, but given the youth advantage for Alves I’d expect him to be a tiny favorite here.
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Thiago Moises, UFC 237
And lastly, 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 declines to Shane Burgos and Raoni Barcelos. Moises (11-3) was dominated at the grappling section by Beneil Dariush in his UFC debut, which snapped a two-fight win streak. These two men are talented yet flawed fighters, and bettors may anticipate a Pick’em type of line for this particular bout, with maybe a small edge to Moises.
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