NEW BOUTS ADDED TO UFC RUSSIA INCLUDING RETURN OF ISLAM MAKHACHEV

UFC Russia Occurs April 20 in Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, and 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 news. Makhachev (16-1) has gone 5-1 overall in the Octagon and is currently 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 already 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 along with other former UFC fighters Junior Assuncao and Takenori Sato. Though Makhachev is a tremendous gift and will surely be a heavy favourite here, I was impressed looking into Tsarukyan and give him a decent chance of making this battle competitive.
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk , UFC Fight Night 149
Light heavyweights Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Michal Oleksiejczuk will meet at a fight that’s unlikely to go three complete rounds. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 in the UFC but has been knocked out in brutal manner by Ion Cutelaba in his final outing. Oleksiejczuk (13-2, 1 NC) recently returned from a yearlong USADA suspension to score a TKO win over Gian Villante. Both guys are dangerous fighters, but 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 function. Mustafaev (13-2) won his first two fights in the UFC but had been filed by Kevin Lee back in November 2016 and hasn’t fought since. Fiziev (6-0) has finished all six of his pro bouts including a head kick KO triumph in Titan FC his last time out. Although Russian fighters always get respect from bettors, dependent on Mustafaev’s extended layoff and Fiziev’s undefeated record, I expect Fiziev to be a large 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 looks to be about 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 awarded Evloev’s undefeated record he’s surely going to be the favorite here.
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Alen Amedovski
Middleweights Krzysztof Jotko and Alen Amedovski are place to fight. Denis Geyko broke the information. Jotko (19-4) was at one time an up-and-coming middleweight contender but has fallen on hard times as of late with three straight losses, such as consecutive TKO defeats to Brad Tavares and Uriah Hall. Amedovski (8-0) is fighting out of 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 also given the deteriorating state of Jotko’s chin, I’d go with the newcomer here.
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