The UFC continued to announce a range of fresh bouts for its forthcoming cards. Here are the brand new matchups, together with my first thoughts on them.
David Teymur vs. Charles Oliveira, UFC Fight Night 144
Lightweights David Teymur and Charles Oliveira will struggle at UFC Fight Night 144, taking place February 2 at Centro de Forma????o Ol??mpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil. Teymur (8-1) is 5-0 at the UFC and in his final excursion defeated Nik Lentz. He has had trouble getting opponents to fight him, as he is super dangerous but not ranked from the top-15. Oliveira (25-8, 1 NC) is 13-8, 1 NC from the UFC and is coming off of a three-fight win series, including a submission win over Jim Miller in his final struggle. As good as Oliveira is on the ground, this looks like the sort of matchup that is kryptonite for him against a much-better striker in Teymur who also has exceptional takedown defense. For that reason, I’d actually favor Teymur in this fight.
Junior Albini vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik, UFC Fight Night 144
Due to an accident to Dmitry Sosnovskiy, Junior Albini will take on short-notice replacement Jarizinho Rozenstruik at UFC Fight Night 144. DWT broke the news. Albini (14-4) is 1-2 at the UFC and lost to Aleksiy Oleinik through Ezekiel choke in his final struggle. Rozenstruik (6-0) has won five of his battles with strikes except for his one appearance at RIZIN, which he won a determination in. Most bettors will seem to fade Albini, however it is hard to say if this is the ideal spot to fade him as Rozenstruik is quite unproven against a nice degree of competition.
Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon, UFC 234
Bantamweights Rani Yahya and Ricky Simon are set to battle UFC 234, taking place February 10 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Combate broke the information. Yahya (26-9, 1 NC) is currently 11-3, 1 NC in the UFC and has won seven of his last eight fights overall. He’s a very underrated fighter and with a win here in case land a top-10 opponent. Simon (14-1) is currently 2-0 in the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win streak in general. Yahya has all the experience but Simon has lots of upside and I would rather go with the fighter in this spot.
Sam Alvey vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov, UFC Fight Night 145
Light heavyweight actions between Sam Alvey and Gadzhimurad Antigulov will happen at UFC Fight Night 145, on February 23 in O2 Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic. Igor Lazorin broke the news. Alvey (33-11, 1 NC) is 10-6 in the UFC and was most recently knocked out by Antonio Rogerio Nogueria. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 at the UFC but endured a KO loss to Ion Cutelaba in his final struggle. This should be a true banger of a fight but I need to fade Alvey in this area and proceed with Antigulov, though I am hoping a close line in any event.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Tom Breese, UFC Fight Night 147
Due to an injury to Alessio di Chirico, Cezar Ferreira has stepped up to combat Tom Breese in UFC Fight Night 147, which takes place March 16 in the O2 Arena in London, England. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 overall from the UFC but is coming off of a disappointing conclusion reduction to Ian Heinisch. Breese (11-1) is 4-1 in the UFC and smashed Dan Kelly in his UFC middleweight debut. Ferreira is a good fighter but I don’t trust his brow against a strong puncher like Breese, who I expect to be heavily preferred here in his home nation.
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