UFC Russia Occurs April 20 at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Also These 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 overall from the Octagon and is currently riding a four-fight win series that includes back-to-back stoppage wins over Gleison Tibau and Kajan Johnson. Tsarukyan (13-1) is only 22 and has finished 10 fights, including a brutal head kick KO win over former UFC fighter Felipe Olivieri in his final outing. He’s won 12 straight fights including victories over other former UFC fighters Junior Assuncao and Takenori Sato. Though Makhachev is a huge gift and will surely be a significant favorite here, I was amazed looking into Tsarukyan and give him a good prospect of making this fight competitive.
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk , UFC Fight Night 149
Light heavyweights Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Michal Oleksiejczuk will meet in a fight that is unlikely to go three full 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 guys are dangerous fighters, however I expect Oleksiejczuk to be greatly favored here.
Magomed Mustafaev vs Rafael Fiziev, UFC Fight Night 149
Lightweights Magomed Mustafaev and Rafael Fiziev are set to fight at this function. Mustafaev (13-2) won his first two fights in the UFC but was submitted by Kevin Lee back in November 2016 and has not fought since. Fiziev (6-0) has finished all six of his pro bouts including a head kick KO triumph in Titan FC his last time out. Although Russian fighters always get respect from bettors, based on Mustafaev’s extended layoff and Fiziev’s undefeated record, I anticipate Fiziev to be a big favorite here.
Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi, UFC Fight Night 149
Bantamweight prospects Movsar Evloev and Seung Woo Choi are also set to battle. Evloev (10-0) was a winner in M-1 and seems to be on the Petr Yan fast-track into the UFC’s top-15 ranks. Choi (7-1) has won five of his pro fights by knockout and is making his UFC debut. Both men appear to be solid prospects but awarded Evloev’s undefeated record he is 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 one time an up-and-coming middleweight competition but has fallen on hard times as of late with three straight losses, including successive TKO defeats to Brad Tavares and Uriah Hall. Amedovski (8-0) is fighting out of Macedonia and has won all eight of his pro fights by knockout with his last two wins coming in Bellator. Amedovski seems like quite a promising prospect and given the deteriorating state of Jotko’s chin, I would go with the newcomer .
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