UFC Russia Occurs April 20 in Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the following bouts have been added to the card.
Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan, UFC Fight Night 149
Lightweight contender Islam Makhachev returns to the Octagon when he takes on UFC newcomer Arman Tsarukyan in UFC Fight Night 149. Igor Lazorin broke the information. Makhachev (16-1) has gone 5-1 complete in the Octagon and is currently riding a four-fight win series which includes back-end stoppage wins over Gleison Tibau and Kajan Johnson. Tsarukyan (13-1) is only 22 and has finished 10 fights, such as a brutal head kick KO win over former UFC fighter Felipe Olivieri in his final outing. He has won 12 straight fights including victories over other former UFC fighters Junior Assuncao and Takenori Sato. Though Makhachev is a huge talent and will certainly be a heavy favourite here, I was impressed looking into Tsarukyan and provide him a decent prospect of making this battle aggressive.
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk , UFC Fight Night 149
Light heavyweights Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Michal Oleksiejczuk will meet at a fight that’s unlikely to go three complete rounds. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 at the UFC but was knocked out in barbarous manner by Ion Cutelaba in his last outing. Oleksiejczuk (13-2, 1 NC) recently returned from a yearlong USADA suspension to score a TKO win over Gian Villante. Both men are dangerous fighters, but I expect Oleksiejczuk to be greatly favored here.
Magomed Mustafaev vs Rafael Fiziev, UFC Fight Night 149
Lightweights Magomed Mustafaev and Rafael Fiziev are put to battle at this event. Mustafaev (13-2) won his first two fights in the UFC but had been filed by Kevin Lee back in November 2016 and hasn’t fought since. Fiziev (6-0) has completed all six of his pro bouts such as a head kick KO triumph in Titan FC his last time out. Although Russian fighters get respect from bettors, based on Mustafaev’s long layoff and Fiziev’s undefeated record, I anticipate Fiziev to be a large favorite here.
Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi, UFC Fight Night 149
Bantamweight prospects Movsar Evloev and Seung Woo Choi will also be set to clash. Evloev (10-0) was a champion in M-1 and looks to be on the Petr Yan fast-track into the UFC’s top-15 rankings. Choi (7-1) has won five of his pro fights by knockout and is making his UFC debut. Both guys appear to be solid prospects but given Evloev’s undefeated record he’s surely going to be the favorite here.
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Alen Amedovski
Middleweights Krzysztof Jotko and Alen Amedovski are place to fight. Denis Geyko broke the information. Jotko (19-4) was at once an up-and-coming middleweight competition but has really fallen on hard times as of late with three straight losses, including consecutive TKO defeats to Brad Tavares and Uriah Hall. Amedovski (8-0) is fighting from Macedonia and has won all eight of his pro fights by knockout with his past two wins coming in Bellator. Amedovski seems like quite a promising prospect and also given the deteriorating condition of Jotko’s chin, I would go with the newcomer here.
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