The official media conference was held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The principal event of the card has been formally announced to be UFC women’s strawweight winner. Jessica Andrade, using a pair of co-main events featuring Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jose Aldo in featherweight. (Instead, Aldo said he could be forced to pull out with injury, and Renato Moicano was rumored as a replacement.) A couple new supporting fights were added to the card, and my first thoughts on these are below.
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. broke the information. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall at the UFC and is riding an impressive four-fight win streak 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 from the UFC and is coming off of a vicious TKO victory over Evan Dunham that hauled him into retirement. Although Trinaldo is 40, he has proven time and time again he’s one of the best lightweights in the world, and he is the perfect opponent to check where Ferreira is at right now. That being said, I think you have to favor Ferreira here given his current win series, and the opening line for this particular 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 information. 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 final struggle, which appears even better following his latest victory over Ryan MacDonald. Both of these men are promising young fighters and this is a wonderful fight. I would expect something near a Select ’em line here, with perhaps a slight lean to Barcelos due to battling in Brazil.
Warlley Alves vs. Sergio Moraes An exciting welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes can also be place for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was originally rumored as Alves’ opponent, but Moraes finally ended up getting the fight. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming off of a sudden TKO loss to James Krause. He just hasn’t lived up to the hype following his triumph 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 boxers with holes in their match, but given the youth advantage for Alves I’d expect him to be a tiny favorite here.
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Thiago Moises, UFC 237
And finally, featherweights Kurt Holobaugh and Thiago Moises will fulfill at this event. Holobaugh (17-6, 1 NC) has an overall record of 0-3 from the UFC, and is coming off of successive stoppage losses to Shane Burgos and Raoni Barcelos. Moises (11-3) was ruled in the grappling department by Beneil Dariush in his UFC debut, which snapped a two-fight win streak. These two guys are talented yet faulty fighters, and bettors can anticipate a Select’em kind of line with this bout, with possibly a slight advantage to Moises.
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