UFC Russia Occurs April 20 in Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Also These bouts have been added to the card.
Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan, UFC Fight Night 149
Lightweight contender Islam Makhachev returns to the Octagon when he takes on UFC newcomer Arman Tsarukyan in UFC Fight Night 149. Igor Lazorin broke the information. Makhachev (16-1) has gone 5-1 overall in the Octagon and is now riding a four-fight win streak which includes back-end stoppage wins over Gleison Tibau and Kajan Johnson. Tsarukyan (13-1) is only 22 and has finished 10 fights, such as a brutal head kick KO win over former UFC fighter Felipe Olivieri in his final outing. He’s won 12 straight fights including victories over other former UFC fighters Junior Assuncao and Takenori Sato. Though Makhachev is a huge gift and will surely be a heavy favorite here, I had been impressed looking into Tsarukyan and give him a decent prospect of making this fight competitive.
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk , UFC Fight Night 149
Light heavyweights Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Michal Oleksiejczuk will meet at a struggle that is not likely to go three full rounds. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 at the UFC but was knocked out in barbarous fashion by Ion Cutelaba in his last outing. Oleksiejczuk (13-2, 1 NC) recently returned from a year-long USADA suspension to score a TKO win over Gian Villante. Both guys are treacherous fighters, however I expect Oleksiejczuk to be heavily favored here.
Magomed Mustafaev vs Rafael Fiziev, UFC Fight Night 149
Lightweights Magomed Mustafaev and Rafael Fiziev are put to fight at this event. Mustafaev (13-2) won his first two fights in the UFC but had been filed by Kevin Lee back in November 2016 and has not fought since. Fiziev (6-0) has completed all six of his expert bouts including a head kick KO win in Titan FC his last time out. Although Russian fighters get respect from bettors, dependent on Mustafaev’s long layoff and Fiziev’s undefeated record, I expect Fiziev to be a big favorite here.
Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi, UFC Fight Night 149
Bantamweight prospects Movsar Evloev and Seung Woo Choi will also be set to battle. Evloev (10-0) was a winner in M-1 and seems to be on the Petr Yan fast-track into the UFC’s top-15 rankings. Choi (7-1) has won five of his pro fights by knockout and is making his UFC debut. Both guys seem to be strong prospects but given Evloev’s undefeated record he’s going to be the favorite here.
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Alen Amedovski
Middleweights Krzysztof Jotko and Alen Amedovski are set to fight. Denis Geyko broke the news. Jotko (19-4) was at one time an up-and-coming middleweight contender but has fallen on hard times as of late with three consecutive losses, such as successive TKO defeats to Brad Tavares and Uriah Hall. Amedovski (8-0) is fighting from Macedonia and has won eight of his pro fights by knockout with his past two wins coming from Bellator. Amedovski looks like a very promising prospect and given the deteriorating condition of Jotko’s chin, I’d go with the newcomer .
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