The official press conference was recently held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event of the card was formally declared to be UFC women’s strawweight winner. Jessica Andrade, using a pair 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 few 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 bout between Carlos Diego Ferreira and Francisco Trinaldo has been reserved for UFC 237. broke the news. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall in the UFC and is riding an impressive four-fight win series at the moment. This includes a decision win over Rustam Khabilov in his last fight that pushed him closer to the top-15 in 155lbs. Trinaldo (23-6) is 13-5 overall in the UFC and is coming off of a vicious TKO victory over Evan Dunham that knocked him to retirement. Though Trinaldo is 40, he’s proven time and time again he’s one of the best lightweights in the world, and he’s the ideal opponent to test in which Ferreira is at right now. That being said, I believe you need to favor Ferreira here given his current win streak, and also the opening line for this bout will be interesting to see.
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos, UFC 237
Bantamweights Said Nurmagomedov and Raoni Barcelos will meet at UFC 237. Gracie Mag broke the news. Nurmagomedov (13-1) is currently 2-0 in the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win streak overall including a knockout win over Ricardo Ramos in his last bout. Barcelos (13-1) is really on a six-fight win streak and is 2-0 in the UFC as nicely with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his last struggle, which looks even better after his latest victory over Ryan MacDonald. Both of these guys are promising young fighters and this really is a wonderful battle. I’d expect something close to a Select ‘em line here, with perhaps a small lean to Barcelos because of battling in Brazil.
UFC 237 vs. Sergio Moraes, warlley Alves An intriguing welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes can also be 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 from a surprising TKO loss to James Krause. He simply hasn’t lived up to the hype following his win on TUF Brazil 3 and is likely in a must-win situation here. 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. Both Alves and Moraes are strong boxers with holes in their game, but given the childhood advantage for Alves I’d 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 event. Holobaugh (17-6, 1 NC) has an overall record of 0-3 in the UFC, and is coming off of consecutive 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 series. Both these men are talented yet flawed fighters, and bettors can anticipate a Pick’em type of line with this particular bout, with possibly a slight edge to Moises.
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