The official press conference was held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event of the card has been formally announced to be UFC women’s strawweight champion vs. Jessica Andrade, using a set 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 has been rumored as a replacement.) A couple new supporting struggles were added into 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 reserved for UFC 237. MMAFighting.com broke the news. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall in the UFC and is riding an impressive four-fight win series right now. This includes a choice win over Rustam Khabilov in his last fight that pushed him closer 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 knocked him into retirement. Though Trinaldo is 40, he has proven time and time again he is one of the best lightweights in the world, and he is the perfect opponent to test in which Ferreira is at right now. That having been said, I think you have to prefer Ferreira here provided his current win streak, and the opening line with 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 information. Nurmagomedov (13-1) is currently 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 well with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his last struggle, which appears even better following his recent victory over Ryan MacDonald. Both these men are promising young fighters and this is a wonderful battle. I’d expect something close to a Select Celtics lineup here, with perhaps a small lean to Barcelos due to fighting in Brazil.
UFC 237 vs. Sergio Moraes, warlley Alves An exciting welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes is also set for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was originally rumored as Alves’ competition, 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 probably 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 childhood advantage for Alves I’d expect him to be a small favorite here.
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Thiago Moises, UFC 237
And finally, featherweights Kurt Holobaugh and Thiago Moises will meet at this function. Holobaugh (17-6, 1 NC) has an overall record of 0-3 from the UFC, and is coming from consecutive 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 series. These two guys are gifted yet faulty fighters, and bettors may expect a Pick’em type of line with this particular bout, with possibly a small advantage to Moises.
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