The official media conference was recently held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event of this card was formally declared to be UFC women’s strawweight champion vs. Jessica Andrade, using a set of co-main events featuring Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jose Aldo at featherweight. (As an aside, Aldo stated he could be forced to pull out with injury, and Renato Moicano has been rumored as a replacement.) A couple new supporting struggles were added into the card, and my initial 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 information. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall at the UFC and is riding an impressive four-fight win series at the moment. 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 from the UFC and is coming from a barbarous TKO victory over Evan Dunham that hauled him into retirement. Though Trinaldo is 40, he’s proven time and time again he’s one of 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 favor Ferreira here given his current win series, and the opening line for 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 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 really on a six-fight win series and is 2-0 in the UFC as well with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his last fight, which looks even better after his recent victory over Ryan MacDonald. Both of these men are promising young fighters and this really is a great battle. I’d expect something near a Select ‘em line here, with possibly a slight lean to Barcelos due to fighting in Brazil.
UFC 237 vs. Sergio Moraes, warlley Alves An exciting welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes can also be set for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was originally rumored as Alves’ opponent, but Moraes ultimately ended up obtaining the battle. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming off of a surprising TKO loss to James Krause. He simply hasn’t lived up to the hype following his triumph on TUF Brazil 3 and is probably in a must-win situation . Moraes (14-4-1) is 8-3-1 complete 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 fighters with holes in their own match, but given the childhood benefit for Alves I’d expect him to be a tiny favorite here.
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Thiago Moises, UFC 237
And lastly, featherweights Kurt Holobaugh and Thiago Moises will fulfill at this function. Holobaugh (17-6, 1 NC) has an overall record of 0-3 in the UFC, and is coming off of successive stoppage declines to Shane Burgos and Raoni Barcelos. Moises (11-3) was dominated at the grappling department by Beneil Dariush in his UFC debut, which snapped a two-fight win streak. Both these men are talented yet faulty fighters, and bettors can anticipate a Pick’em type of line with this bout, with possibly a slight advantage to Moises.
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