The official media conference was held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event of this card has been formally declared to be UFC women’s strawweight champion vs. Jessica Andrade, with a set of co-main events featuring Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jose Aldo in featherweight. (Instead, Aldo said he could be forced to pull out with trauma, and Renato Moicano has been rumored as a replacement.) A couple new supporting fights were added to the card, and my initial thoughts on these are under.
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Francisco Trinaldo, UFC 237
An intriguing lightweight bout between Carlos Diego Ferreira and Francisco Trinaldo was reserved for UFC 237. MMAFighting.com broke the news. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall in the UFC and is riding an impressive four-fight win streak right now. This includes a decision win over Rustam Khabilov in his last fight that pushed him closer to the top-15 in 155lbs. Trinaldo (23-6) is 13-5 overall in the UFC and is coming off of a barbarous TKO victory over Evan Dunham that knocked him to retirement. Though Trinaldo is 40, he’s proven time and time again he is one of the best lightweights in the world, and he is the perfect opponent to check where Ferreira is at right now. That having been said, I believe you have to favor Ferreira here given his recent win series, and also the opening line for this bout will be interesting to see.
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos, UFC 237
Bantamweights Said Nurmagomedov and Raoni Barcelos will fulfill UFC 237. Gracie Mag broke the information. Nurmagomedov (13-1) is currently 2-0 in the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win series overall including a knockout win over Ricardo Ramos in his final bout. Barcelos (13-1) is really on a six-fight win streak and is 2-0 at the UFC as well with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his last struggle, which appears even better after his recent victory over Ryan MacDonald. Both these men are promising young fighters also this really is a great battle. I’d expect something near a Select ’em line here, with possibly a slight lean to Barcelos because of fighting in Brazil.
UFC 237 vs. Sergio Moraes, warlley Alves An intriguing welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes can also be place for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was originally rumored as Alves’ opponent, but Moraes finally ended up obtaining the fight. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 in the UFC and is coming from a sudden TKO loss to James Krause. He just has not lived up to the hype after his win on TUF Brazil 3 and is likely in a must-win situation . Moraes (14-4-1) is 8-3-1 complete in the UFC and lately had a two-fight win streak snapped by a decision loss to Anthony Rocco Martin. The two Alves and Moraes are strong boxers with holes in their own game, but given the youth advantage for Alves I’d expect him to be a small favorite here.
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Thiago Moises, UFC 237
And lastly, featherweights Kurt Holobaugh and Thiago Moises will fulfill at this function. Holobaugh (17-6, 1 NC) has an overall record of 0-3 in the UFC, and is coming from consecutive stoppage declines to Shane Burgos and Raoni Barcelos. Moises (11-3) was dominated in the grappling department by Beneil Dariush in his UFC debut, which snapped a two-fight win streak. These two men are talented yet faulty fighters, and bettors may expect a Pick’em kind of line with this bout, with maybe a small advantage to Moises.
Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on the links.