The official press conference was recently held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The principal 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 featuring Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jose Aldo at featherweight. (Instead, Aldo said he may be forced to pull out with trauma, and Renato Moicano has been rumored as a replacement.) A few new supporting fights were added into the card, and my initial thoughts on them are below.
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 information. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall at 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 at 155lbs. Trinaldo (23-6) is 13-5 overall from the UFC and is coming from a barbarous TKO victory over Evan Dunham that hauled him into retirement. Although Trinaldo is 40, he’s proven time and time again he is among the best lightweights in the world, and he’s the perfect opponent to test where Ferreira is at right now. That being said, I think you have to favor Ferreira here provided his recent win series, and also 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 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 final bout. Barcelos (13-1) is on a six-fight win series and is 2-0 in the UFC as well with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his last struggle, which looks even better following his latest victory over Ryan MacDonald. Both of these guys are promising young fighters and this is a wonderful fight. I would expect something close to a Select Celtics lineup 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 is also set for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was initially rumored as Alves‘ competition, but Moraes ultimately ended up getting the fight. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming off of a surprising TKO loss to James Krause. He simply hasn’t lived up to the hype after 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 lately had a two-fight win streak snapped by a decision loss to Anthony Rocco Martin. Both Alves and Moraes are solid fighters with holes in their own match, but given the childhood benefit for Alves I would expect him to be a tiny favorite here.
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Thiago Moises, UFC 237
And lastly, featherweights Kurt Holobaugh and Thiago Moises will fulfill at this event. Holobaugh (17-6, 1 NC) has an overall record of 0-3 in the UFC, and is coming off of successive stoppage declines to Shane Burgos and Raoni Barcelos. Moises (11-3) was dominated in the grappling section by Beneil Dariush in his UFC debut, which snapped a two-fight win series. Both these men are talented yet flawed fighters, and bettors may anticipate a Pick’em type of line for this particular bout, with possibly a small advantage to Moises.
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