The official media conference was recently held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The principal event of this card was officially announced to be UFC women’s strawweight champion vs. Jessica Andrade, with a set of co-main events including Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jose Aldo at featherweight. (As an aside, Aldo stated he may be forced to pull out with trauma, and Renato Moicano was rumored as a replacement.) A few new supporting struggles were added to the card, and my first thoughts on these are below.
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Francisco Trinaldo, UFC 237
An intriguing lightweight connection between Carlos Diego Ferreira and Francisco Trinaldo has been reserved for UFC 237. MMAFighting.com broke the news. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall in the UFC and is riding an impressive four-fight win series right now. This includes a decision win over Rustam Khabilov in his last fight that pushed him closer to the top-15 in 155lbs. Trinaldo (23-6) is 13-5 overall in the UFC and is coming from a barbarous TKO victory over Evan Dunham that hauled him to retirement. Though Trinaldo is 40, he has proven time and time again he is among the best lightweights in the world, and he’s the perfect opponent to test where Ferreira is at right now. That being said, I think you have to prefer Ferreira here given his current win streak, and also the opening line with this bout will be interesting to see.
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos, UFC 237
Bantamweights Said Nurmagomedov and Raoni Barcelos will fulfill at UFC 237. Gracie Mag broke the news. Nurmagomedov (13-1) is currently 2-0 in the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win series overall including a knockout win over Ricardo Ramos in his last bout. Barcelos (13-1) is on a six-fight win series and is 2-0 in the UFC as nicely with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his last fight, which appears even better following his latest victory over Ryan MacDonald. Both these men are promising young fighters and this is a great fight. I would expect something close to a Pick Celtics lineup here, with possibly a small lean to Barcelos because of battling in Brazil.
Warlley Alves vs. Sergio Moraes An intriguing welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes can also be set for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was originally rumored as Alves’ competition, but Moraes ultimately ended up getting the fight. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming from a surprising TKO loss to James Krause. He just hasn’t lived up to the hype following his win on TUF Brazil 3 and is likely in a must-win situation here. Moraes (14-4-1) is 8-3-1 overall in the UFC and lately had a two-fight win streak snapped by a decision loss to Anthony Rocco Martin. The two Alves and Moraes are solid boxers with holes in their game, but given the youth advantage for Alves I’d expect him to be a small favorite here.
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Thiago Moises, UFC 237
And lastly, featherweights Kurt Holobaugh and Thiago Moises will fulfill at this event. Holobaugh (17-6, 1 NC) has an overall record of 0-3 from the UFC, and is coming off of consecutive stoppage declines to Shane Burgos and Raoni Barcelos. Moises (11-3) was ruled at the grappling department by Beneil Dariush in his UFC debut, which snapped a two-fight win streak. Both these guys are gifted yet faulty fighters, and bettors may expect a Pick’em type of line for this bout, with maybe a small advantage to Moises.
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