The Octagon heads to Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 20 for UFC Fight Night 149, along with the card is finally Beginning to shape up.

Though the UFC has not formally announced the following bouts, many media sources have reported them, and it is anticipated the UFC makes them official soon. Here are my ideas on the initial three famous struggles for UFC St. Petersburg.
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexander Volkov, UFC Fight Night 149
The main event of UFC Fight Night 149 is scheduled for a five-round heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov. Denis Geyko broke the news. Overeem (44-17, 1 NC) is 9-6 overall in the UFC and is coming from a TKO win over Sergey Pavlovich. Volkov (30-7) is currently 4-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a shocking last-second KO loss to Derrick Lewis. Prior to this he had been on a six-fight win streak and was nearing title contention. Had Volkov lasted just 10 more minutes against Lewis he probably would have been fighting for a name by now. I am hoping people forget just how near Volkov was to winning this struggle, and perhaps he’ll be the dog here against Overeem since he is coming from a knockout win. I just don’t believe Overeem’s chin can be trusted against a long, lanky and powerful striker such as Volkov, and I lean towards the Russian in this one.
Sergey Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm, UFC Fight Night 149
An enjoyable heavyweight fight between Sergey Pavlovich and Marcelo Golm will even occur on this card. Via MMADNL, Igor Lazorin broke news. Pavlovich (12-1) was undefeated as a pro with most of his wins coming by knockout before he himself was knocked out by Overeem in his UFC debut. That has been too much of a step up for Pavlovich and the UFC is eventually giving him a more favorable matchup in his home nation. Golm (6-2) completed Christian Colombo in his Octagon debut but has since lost conclusions to Arjan Bhullar and Tim Johnson. Golm just has not been notable at the UFC whatsoever and although Pavlovich didn’t look good against Overeem he has many advantages in this fight. I expect the Russian for a pretty big favorite to receive his hand raised as a result.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko, UFC Fight Night 149
And lastly, women’s flyweights Roxanne Modafferi and Antonina are put to fight at this function. MyMMANews.com broke the struggle first. Modafferi (22-15) is 1-3 overall in the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Sijara Eubanks. She has had a bit of a career revival since going to flyweight, but is obviously at an athletic drawback in this matchup. Shevchenko (7-0) is the sister of UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and she’s so far 1-0 in the Octagon with a decision win over Ji Yeon Kim. This is a very favorable matchup for Shevchenko over somebody who can not match her at the striking and that I expect her to acquire a clear choice in this one. Look for her to be a big favorite to collect the win.
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