The Octagon heads to Yubileyny Sports Palace at St. Petersburg, Russia on April 20 for UFC Fight Night 149, along with the card is Now starting to shape up.
Though the UFC hasn’t officially declared the subsequent bouts, various media sources have reported them, and it is anticipated the UFC makes them official shortly. Here are my ideas on the first three known struggles for UFC St. Petersburg.
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexander Volkov, UFC Fight Night 149
The main event of UFC Fight Night 149 is scheduled for a five-round heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov. Denis Geyko broke the information. Overeem (44-17, 1 NC) is 9-6 overall at the UFC and is coming from a TKO win over Sergey Pavlovich. Volkov (30-7) is 4-1 in the UFC and is coming from a shocking last-second KO loss to Derrick Lewis. Prior to this he was on a six-fight win series and was nearing name contention. Had Volkov lasted only 10 more minutes against Lewis he likely would have been fighting for a title by now. I am hoping people forget just how near Volkov was to winning this struggle, and maybe he will be the dog here against Overeem because he is coming off of a knockout win. I simply don’t think Overeem’s chin could be trusted contrary to a long, skinny and powerful striker such as Volkov, and that I lean towards the Russian within this one.
Sergey Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm, UFC Fight Night 149
An enjoyable heavyweight fight between Sergey Pavlovich and Marcelo Golm will even take place on this card. Via MMADNL, Igor Lazorin broke the news. Pavlovich (12-1) was undefeated as a pro with most of his wins coming by knockout before he himself was pumped out by Overeem in his UFC debut. This was too much of a step up for Pavlovich and the UFC is eventually giving him a more favorable matchup in his home nation. Golm (6-2) completed Christian Colombo in his Octagon debut but has since dropped decisions to Arjan Bhullar and Tim Johnson. Golm just has not been impressive at the UFC whatsoever and although Pavlovich didn’t look great against Overeem he has many benefits in this particular fight. I expect the Russian to be a pretty big favorite to receive his hand raised as a result.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko, UFC Fight Night 149
And finally, women’s flyweights Roxanne Modafferi and Antonina are put to battle at this function. MyMMANews.com broke the struggle . Modafferi (22-15) is 1-3 complete in the UFC and is coming from a decision loss to Sijara Eubanks. She’s had a bit of a career revival since going to flyweight, but is clearly at an athletic drawback in this matchup. Shevchenko (7-0) is the sister of UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and she is so far 1-0 in the Octagon with a decision win over Ji Yeon Kim. This is a really favorable matchup for Shevchenko over someone who can’t match her in the striking and that I expect her to acquire a very clear decision in this one. Look for her to be a big preferred to collect the win.
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