The Octagon heads to Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 20 for UFC Fight Night 149, and the card is Now Beginning to shape up.
Though the UFC hasn’t formally declared the following bouts, many media sources have reported them, and it is anticipated the UFC makes them official soon. 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 to be a five-round heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov. Denis Geyko broke the news. 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 currently 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of a shocking last-second KO loss to Derrick Lewis. Prior to that he was on a six-fight win series and was nearing title contention. Had Volkov lasted only 10 more seconds against Lewis he probably would have been fighting for a name by now. I am hoping people forget exactly how close Volkov was to winning that struggle, and maybe he’ll be the dog here against Overeem since he’s coming off of a knockout win. I simply don’t think Overeem’s chin can be trusted contrary to a long, skinny and powerful striker such as 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 may also take place with this card. Via MMADNL, Igor Lazorin broke news. Pavlovich (12-1) was undefeated as a pro with the majority of his wins coming by knockout before he was pumped out by Overeem in his UFC debut. That 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 lost decisions to Arjan Bhullar and Tim Johnson. Golm just hasn’t been impressive at the UFC at all and although Pavlovich did not look great against Overeem he has many benefits in this particular fight. I expect 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 battle at this event. MyMMANews.com broke the struggle . Modafferi (22-15) is 1-3 complete from the UFC and is coming from a decision loss to Sijara Eubanks. She has had a tiny career revival since moving down 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 from 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 I expect her to win a very clear choice in this one. Start looking for her to be a large favorite to collect the win.
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