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 hasn’t officially announced the subsequent bouts, various media sources have reported themand it is anticipated the UFC makes them official shortly. Here are my ideas on the first three known struggles for UFC St. Petersburg.
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexander Volkov, UFC Fight Night 149
The main event of UFC Fight Night 149 is scheduled to be a five-round heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov. Denis Geyko broke the information. 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 4-1 at the UFC and is coming from a shocking last-second KO loss to Derrick Lewis. Prior to that he had been on a six-fight win streak and was nearing name contention. Had Volkov lasted just 10 more minutes against Lewis he likely would have been battling for a name by now. I am hoping people forget exactly how near Volkov was to winning this struggle, and perhaps he will be the dog here against Overeem since he’s coming from a knockout win. I simply don’t think Overeem’s chin can be trusted against a long, skinny and potent striker such as Volkov, and I lean towards the Russian within this one.
Sergey Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm, UFC Fight Night 149
An enjoyable heavyweight fight between Sergey Pavlovich and Marcelo Golm will even take place with this card. Via MMADNL, Igor Lazorin broke news. Pavlovich (12-1) was undefeated as a pro with most of his wins coming by knockout until he was knocked out by Overeem in his UFC debut. This has been too much of a step up for Pavlovich and the UFC is eventually offering him a more favorable matchup in his home country. Golm (6-2) finished Christian Colombo in his Octagon introduction but has since lost decisions to Arjan Bhullar and Tim Johnson. Golm just hasn’t been impressive at the UFC whatsoever and although Pavlovich didn’t look good against Overeem he has many benefits in this particular fight. I anticipate the Russian to be a fairly big favorite to receive his hands 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 fight first. Modafferi (22-15) is 1-3 overall in the UFC and is coming from a decision loss to Sijara Eubanks. She’s had a bit of a career revival since moving to flyweight, but is obviously at an athletic disadvantage in this matchup. Shevchenko (7-0) is the sister of UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and she is so far 1-0 in the Octagon with a decision win over Ji Yeon Kim. This is a really favorable matchup for Shevchenko over somebody who can’t match her at the striking and I expect her to win a very clear decision in this one. Start looking for her to be a big favorite to collect the win.
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