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The UFC continued to announce a number of fresh bouts for its upcoming cards. Here are the new matchups, together with my first thoughts on these.
David Teymur vs. Charles Oliveira, UFC Fight Night 144
Lightweights David Teymur and Charles Oliveira will fight at UFC Fight Night 144, occurring February 2 at Centro de Forma????o Ol??mpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil. Teymur (8-1) is 5-0 at the UFC and in his last outing defeated Nik Lentz. He’s had trouble getting competitions to fight him, as he is super dangerous but not ranked in the top-15. Oliveira (25-8, 1 NC) is 13-8, 1 NC in the UFC and is coming from a three-fight win series, including a submission win over Jim Miller in his last fight. As great as Oliveira is on the floor, this resembles the sort of matchup that’s kryptonite for him against a much-better striker in Teymur who also has excellent takedown defense. Because of this, I’d really favor Teymur in this fight.
Junior Albini vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik, UFC Fight Night 144
Due to an injury to Dmitry Sosnovskiy, Junior Albini will take on short-notice replacement Jarizinho Rozenstruik in UFC Fight Night 144. DWT broke the news. Albini (14-4) is 1-2 at the UFC and lost to Aleksiy Oleinik via Ezekiel choke in his last struggle. Rozenstruik (6-0) has won five of his fights by strikes except for his one look in RIZIN, which he won a determination in. Most bettors will look to fade Albini, but it is hard to say if this is the ideal place to fade him as Rozenstruik is quite unproven against a decent level of competition.
Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon, UFC 234
Bantamweights Rani Yahya and Ricky Simon are set to clash at UFC 234, taking place February 10 at Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia. Combate broke the news. Yahya (26-9, 1 NC) is currently 11-3, 1 NC from the UFC and has won seven of his last eight fights overall. He’s a really underrated fighter and using a win here should land a top-10 opponent. Simon (14-1) is 2-0 in the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win series in general. Yahya has all of the experience but Simon has plenty of upside down and I would rather go with the younger fighter inside this spot.
Sam Alvey vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov, UFC Fight Night 145
Light heavyweight actions between Sam Alvey and Gadzhimurad Antigulov will happen at UFC Fight Night 145, on February 23 at O2 Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic. Igor Lazorin broke the information. Alvey (33-11, 1 NC) is 10-6 at the UFC and was most recently knocked out by Antonio Rogerio Nogueria. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 at the UFC but endured a KO loss to Ion Cutelaba in his final struggle. This should be a true banger of a struggle but I need to fade Alvey inside this spot and go with Antigulov, though I’m expecting a close line either way.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Tom Breese, UFC Fight Night 147
Due to an injury to Alessio di Chirico, Cezar Ferreira has stepped up to combat Tom Breese at UFC Fight Night 147, which takes place March 16 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 overall from the UFC but is coming from a disappointing decision loss to Ian Heinisch. Breese (11-1) is 4-1 in the UFC and smashed Dan Kelly in his UFC middleweight debut. Ferreira is a solid fighter but I do not trust his chin against a powerful puncher like Breese, who I hope to be greatly favored here in his home country.
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