The Octagon heads to Yubileyny Sports Palace in 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 is expected the UFC makes them official soon. Here are my ideas on the initial 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 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 in the UFC and is coming from a TKO win over Sergey Pavlovich. Volkov (30-7) is currently 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of a shocking last-second KO loss to Derrick Lewis. Prior to this he was on a six-fight win series and was nearing title contention. Had Volkov lasted just 10 more seconds against Lewis he probably would have been battling for a title by now. I am hoping people forget just how near Volkov was to winning this fight, and maybe he will be the dog here against Overeem because he is coming off of a knockout win. I simply don’t think Overeem’s chin can be trusted against a long, lanky and potent striker like Volkov, and I lean towards the Russian within this one.
Sergey Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm, UFC Fight Night 149
An enjoyable heavyweight fight between Sergey Pavlovich and Marcelo Golm will also take place with this card. Via MMADNL, Igor Lazorin broke news. Pavlovich (12-1) was undefeated as a pro with most of his wins coming by knockout until he was knocked out by Overeem in his UFC debut. That was too much of a step up for Pavlovich and the UFC is finally giving him a more favorable matchup in his home nation. Golm (6-2) finished Christian Colombo in his Octagon introduction but has since lost conclusions to Arjan Bhullar and Tim Johnson. Golm just has not been notable in the UFC whatsoever and although Pavlovich did not look great against Overeem he has several benefits in this particular fight. I anticipate the Russian to be a fairly big favorite to receive 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 event. MyMMANews.com broke the fight 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 tiny 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 someone who can not match her at the striking and 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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