The official press conference was held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The principal event of the card was officially declared to be UFC women’s strawweight champion vs. Jessica Andrade, with a set of co-main events featuring Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jose Aldo at featherweight. (As an aside, Aldo stated 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 under.
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Francisco Trinaldo, UFC 237
An intriguing lightweight bout between Carlos Diego Ferreira and Francisco Trinaldo was reserved for UFC 237. MMAFighting.com broke the news. 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 choice win over Rustam Khabilov in his final fight that pushed him nearer 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 to retirement. Though Trinaldo is 40, he has proven time and time again he’s one of the best lightweights in the world, and he’s the perfect opponent to check in which Ferreira is at right now. That being said, I think you need to prefer Ferreira here provided his current win series, and also the opening line for 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 2-0 at 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 streak and is 2-0 in the UFC as well with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his final fight, which appears even better after his recent victory over Ryan MacDonald. Both of these men are promising young fighters and this is a great fight. I’d expect something near a Pick Celtics lineup here, with possibly a slight lean to Barcelos due to fighting in Brazil.
UFC 237 vs. Sergio Moraes, warlley Alves An intriguing welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes is also place for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was originally rumored as Alves’ competition, but Moraes ultimately ended up obtaining the fight. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming from a sudden TKO loss to James Krause. He just 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 complete 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 strong boxers with holes in their own match, but given the childhood benefit for Alves I would 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 event. Holobaugh (17-6, 1 NC) has an overall record of 0-3 in the UFC, and is coming off of consecutive stoppage declines 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 series. Both these men are talented yet faulty fighters, and bettors may anticipate a Select’em kind of line with this bout, with possibly a slight advantage to Moises.
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