The UFC continued to announce a number of fresh bouts for its upcoming cards. Here are the new matchups, along with my initial thoughts on these.
David Teymur vs. Charles Oliveira, UFC Fight Night 144
Lightweights David Teymur and Charles Oliveira will fight at UFC Fight Night 144, occurring 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 excursion defeated Nik Lentz. He has had trouble getting competitions to fight himas he is very dangerous but not rated in the top-15. Oliveira (25-8, 1 NC) is 13-8, 1 NC in the UFC and is coming from a three-fight win streak, including a submission win over Jim Miller in his last struggle. As great as Oliveira is on the floor, this resembles the sort of matchup that’s kryptonite for him against a much-better striker in Teymur who also has exceptional takedown defense. For that reason, 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 now 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 through Ezekiel choke in his last struggle. Rozenstruik (6-0) has won five of his fights by strikes except for his one appearance at RIZIN, which he won a determination in. Most bettors will look to fade Albini, but it’s hard to say if this is the right place to fade him 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 clash at UFC 234, taking place February 10 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Combate broke the news. Yahya (26-9, 1 NC) is 11-3, 1 NC from the UFC and has won seven of the 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 in the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win streak in general. Yahya has all the experience but Simon has lots of upside down and I would rather go with the younger fighter in this spot.
Sam Alvey vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov, UFC Fight Night 145
Light heavyweight actions between Sam Alvey and Gadzhimurad Antigulov will happen at UFC Fight Night 145, on February 23 at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Igor Lazorin broke the information. Alvey (33-11, 1 NC) is 10-6 at the UFC and has been recently knocked out by Antonio Rogerio Nogueria. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 at the UFC but endured a KO loss to Ion Cutelaba in his last struggle. This ought to be a real banger of a fight but I need to fade Alvey inside this spot and go with Antigulov, although I’m hoping a close line either way.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Tom Breese, UFC Fight Night 147
Because of an injury to Alessio di Chirico, Cezar Ferreira has stepped up to combat Tom Breese in UFC Fight Night 147, which takes place March 16 in the O2 Arena in London, England. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 overall from the UFC but is coming from a disappointing conclusion loss to Ian Heinisch. Breese (11-1) is 4-1 in the UFC and smashed Dan Kelly in his UFC middleweight debut. Ferreira is a solid fighter but I do not trust his brow against a strong puncher like Breese, that I expect to be heavily preferred here in his home country.
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