The Octagon heads to Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 20 for UFC Fight Night 149, and the card is Now starting to shape up.
Though the UFC has not formally declared the subsequent bouts, various media sources have reported them, and it’s anticipated the UFC makes them official shortly. Here are my thoughts 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 information. 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 off of 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 seconds against Lewis he likely would have been battling for a title by now. I am hoping people forget just how near Volkov was to winning this fight, and perhaps he’ll be the dog here against Overeem since he’s coming from a knockout win. I just don’t believe Overeem’s chin can be reliable against a long, skinny and powerful striker like Volkov, and that I lean towards the Russian in this one.
Sergey Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm, UFC Fight Night 149
An enjoyable heavyweight fight between Sergey Pavlovich and Marcelo Golm will also occur with 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 until he himself was pumped 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) completed Christian Colombo in his Octagon introduction but has since dropped conclusions to Arjan Bhullar and Tim Johnson. Golm just hasn’t been notable in the UFC at all and although Pavlovich didn’t look great against Overeem he has several benefits in this fight. I anticipate the Russian for a pretty big favorite to get his hands raised as a outcome.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko, UFC Fight Night 149
And lastly, women’s flyweights Roxanne Modafferi and Antonina are set to fight at this event. MyMMANews.com broke the fight first. Modafferi (22-15) is 1-3 complete in the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Sijara Eubanks. She’s had a tiny career revival since going down to flyweight, but is clearly at an athletic drawback 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 someone who can’t match her at the striking and that I expect her to acquire a very clear choice in this one. Start looking for her to be a large preferred to collect the win.
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