- August 25, 2019
- Posted by: Web Admin
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The Octagon heads to Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 20 for UFC Fight Night 149, and the card is finally starting to shape up.
Though the UFC hasn’t formally declared the following bouts, many media sources have reported them, and it’s anticipated the UFC makes them official soon. Here are my ideas on the first three known fights 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 at the UFC and is coming off of 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 this he was 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 fighting for a name by now. I am hoping people forget exactly how close Volkov was to winning that fight, and perhaps he’ll be the dog here against Overeem since he is coming off of a knockout win. I just don’t believe Overeem’s chin can be trusted against a long, lanky and powerful striker like Volkov, and I lean towards the Russian within this one.
Sergey Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm, UFC Fight Night 149
A fun heavyweight fight between Sergey Pavlovich and Marcelo Golm may also take place 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 himself was knocked out by Overeem in his UFC debut. That was too much of a step up for Pavlovich and the UFC is eventually giving him a more favorable matchup in his home nation. Golm (6-2) finished Christian Colombo in his Octagon introduction but has since dropped conclusions to Arjan Bhullar and Tim Johnson. Golm just hasn’t been notable at the UFC whatsoever and although Pavlovich didn’t look great against Overeem he has several benefits in this particular fight. I expect the Russian for a fairly big favorite to receive his hands raised as a result.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko, UFC Fight Night 149
And finally, women’s flyweights Roxanne Modafferi and Antonina are put to battle at this event. MyMMANews.com broke the struggle first. Modafferi (22-15) is 1-3 complete from the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Sijara Eubanks. She has had a bit of a career revival since moving to flyweight, but is clearly 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 very favorable matchup for Shevchenko over somebody who can not match her in the striking and that I expect her to win a clear choice in this one. Look for her to be a large preferred to collect the win.
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