The Octagon heads to Yubileyny Sports Palace at St. Petersburg, Russia on April 20 for UFC Fight Night 149, along with the card is Now starting to shape up.
Though the UFC hasn’t officially declared the subsequent bouts, various media sources have reported them, and it’s expected 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 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 at the UFC and is coming from a TKO win over Sergey Pavlovich. Volkov (30-7) is 4-1 in 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 series and was nearing name contention. Had Volkov lasted only 10 more minutes against Lewis he probably would have been battling for a title by now. I’m hoping people forget just how close Volkov was to winning that struggle, and perhaps he’ll be the puppy here against Overeem because he’s coming off of a knockout win. I simply don’t think Overeem’s chin can be reliable against a long, skinny and potent striker like Volkov, and that I lean towards the Russian in this one.
Sergey Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm, UFC Fight Night 149
A fun heavyweight fight between Sergey Pavlovich and Marcelo Golm may even occur on this card. Via MMADNL, Igor Lazorin broke the news. Pavlovich (12-1) was undefeated as a pro with the majority of his wins coming by knockout before he was knocked out by Overeem in his UFC debut. That was too much of a step up for Pavlovich and the UFC is eventually offering him a more favorable matchup in his home nation. Golm (6-2) completed Christian Colombo in his Octagon introduction but has since dropped decisions to Arjan Bhullar and Tim Johnson. Golm just hasn’t been notable in the UFC whatsoever and although Pavlovich didn’t look good against Overeem he has several advantages in this particular fight. I anticipate the Russian to be a pretty big favorite to get 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 battle at this function. MyMMANews.com broke the struggle first. Modafferi (22-15) is 1-3 overall in the UFC and is coming from a decision loss to Sijara Eubanks. She has had a bit of a career revival since moving down 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’s so far 1-0 in the Octagon with a decision win over Ji Yeon Kim. This is a really favorable matchup for Shevchenko over someone who can not match her in the striking and I expect her to acquire a very clear choice in this one. Look for her to be a large favorite to collect the win.
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