The Octagon heads to Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 20 for UFC Fight Night 149, and the card is Now starting to shape up.
Though the UFC hasn’t officially announced the subsequent bouts, various media sources have reported them, and it’s anticipated the UFC makes them official soon. Here are my ideas on the initial three famous fights 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 news. Overeem (44-17, 1 NC) is 9-6 overall in the UFC and is coming off of a TKO win over Sergey Pavlovich. Volkov (30-7) is currently 4-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a shocking last-second KO loss to Derrick Lewis. Prior to this he had been on a six-fight win series and was nearing title contention. Had Volkov lasted only 10 more minutes against Lewis he likely would have been fighting for a title by now. I’m hoping people forget just how near Volkov was to winning that fight, and perhaps he will be the dog here against Overeem since he is coming off of a knockout win. I just don’t believe Overeem’s chin can 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
A fun heavyweight fight between Sergey Pavlovich and Marcelo Golm may even occur on this card. Via MMADNL, Igor Lazorin broke news. Pavlovich (12-1) was undefeated as a pro with the majority of his wins coming by knockout until he was pumped out by Overeem in his UFC debut. That was too much of a step up for Pavlovich and the UFC is eventually offering him a more favorable matchup in his home country. Golm (6-2) finished Christian Colombo in his Octagon debut but has since dropped decisions to Arjan Bhullar and Tim Johnson. Golm just has not been notable in the UFC whatsoever and although Pavlovich did not look great against Overeem he has several benefits in this fight. I anticipate the Russian for a fairly big favorite to receive his hand raised as a result.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko, UFC Fight Night 149
And lastly, 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 overall in the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Sijara Eubanks. She’s had a bit of a career revival since moving 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 from the Octagon with a decision win over Ji Yeon Kim. This is a very favorable matchup for Shevchenko over someone who can’t match her at the striking and I expect her to win a very clear choice in this one. Look for her to be a big favorite to collect the win.
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