The UFC continued to announce a range of fresh bouts for its upcoming cards. Here are the brand new matchups, along with my first thoughts on these.
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 in the UFC and in his final outing defeated Nik Lentz. He has had trouble getting opponents to fight him, as he’s super dangerous but not rated in 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 streak, including a submission win over Jim Miller in his final fight. As good as Oliveira is on the floor, this looks like the type of matchup that’s kryptonite for him against a much-better striker in Teymur who also has excellent takedown defense. Because of this, I would really favor Teymur inside this fight.
Junior Albini vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik, UFC Fight Night 144
Because of an injury to Dmitry Sosnovskiy, Junior Albini will take on short-notice replacement Jarizinho Rozenstruik at UFC Fight Night 144. DWT broke the information. Albini (14-4) is 1-2 at the UFC and lost to Aleksiy Oleinik via Ezekiel choke in his last struggle. Rozenstruik (6-0) has won five of his battles with strikes except for his one look in RIZIN, which he won a determination in. Most bettors will seem to fade Albini, however it’s difficult to say if this is the ideal spot to fade him in as Rozenstruik is very unproven against a decent 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 in 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 is a very underrated fighter and with a win here should land a top-10 opponent. Simon (14-1) is 2-0 at the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win streak overall. Yahya has all the experience but Simon has lots of upside and I’d rather go with the younger fighter in this spot.
Sam Alvey vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov, UFC Fight Night 145
Light heavyweight action between Sam Alvey and Gadzhimurad Antigulov will take place at UFC Fight Night 145, on February 23 at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Igor Lazorin broke the news. Alvey (33-11, 1 NC) is 10-6 at the UFC and has been most recently knocked out by Antonio Rogerio Nogueria. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 in the UFC but suffered a KO loss to Ion Cutelaba in his final fight. This ought to be a real banger of a fight but I have to fade Alvey inside this area and go with Antigulov, although I’m hoping a close line either way.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Tom Breese, UFC Fight Night 147
Due to an injury to Alessio di Chirico, Cezar Ferreira has awakened to fight Tom Breese at UFC Fight Night 147, which takes place March 16 in the O2 Arena in London, England. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 overall in the UFC but is coming off of a disappointing decision 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 do not trust his brow against a strong puncher like Breese, that I hope to be heavily favored here in his home country.
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