UFC Russia takes place April 20 in Yubileyny Sports Palace at St. Petersburg, Russia, and the following bouts have been added to the card.
Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan, UFC Fight Night 149
Lightweight contender Islam Makhachev returns to the Octagon when he chooses on UFC newcomer Arman Tsarukyan at UFC Fight Night 149. Igor Lazorin broke the information. Makhachev (16-1) has gone 5-1 overall from the Octagon and is currently riding a four-fight win series that includes back-to-back stoppage wins over Gleison Tibau and Kajan Johnson. Tsarukyan (13-1) is only 22 and has already finished 10 fights, such as a brutal head kick KO win over former UFC fighter Felipe Olivieri in his last outing. He’s won 12 straight fights including victories along with other former UFC fighters Junior Assuncao and Takenori Sato. Though Makhachev is a tremendous gift and will surely be a significant favorite here, I had been amazed appearing into Tsarukyan and provide him a good prospect of making this battle competitive.
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk , UFC Fight Night 149
Light heavyweights Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Michal Oleksiejczuk will meet at a struggle that’s unlikely to go three complete rounds. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 in the UFC but was knocked out in brutal fashion by Ion Cutelaba in his final outing. Oleksiejczuk (13-2, 1 NC) recently returned from a year-long USADA suspension to score a TKO win over Gian Villante. Both men are treacherous fighters, but I expect Oleksiejczuk to be heavily favored here.
Magomed Mustafaev vs Rafael Fiziev, UFC Fight Night 149
Lightweights Magomed Mustafaev and Rafael Fiziev are set to battle at this function. Mustafaev (13-2) won his first two fights in the UFC but had been filed by Kevin Lee back in November 2016 and hasn’t fought since. Fiziev (6-0) has finished all six of his pro bouts such as a head kick KO win in Titan FC his last time out. Although Russian fighters get respect from bettors, based on Mustafaev’s long layoff and Fiziev’s undefeated record, I expect Fiziev to be a big favorite here.
Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi, UFC Fight Night 149
Bantamweight prospects Movsar Evloev and Seung Woo Choi are also set to battle. Evloev (10-0) was a winner in M-1 and seems to be on the Petr Yan fast-track to the UFC’s top-15 rankings. Choi (7-1) has won five of his pro fights by knockout and is making his UFC debut. Both guys seem to be solid prospects but awarded Evloev’s undefeated record he’s surely going to be the favorite here.
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Alen Amedovski
Middleweights Krzysztof Jotko and Alen Amedovski are place to fight. Denis Geyko broke the news. Jotko (19-4) was at once an up-and-coming middleweight competition but has really fallen on hard times as of late with three consecutive losses, such as consecutive TKO defeats to Brad Tavares and Uriah Hall. Amedovski (8-0) is fighting from Macedonia and has won all eight of his pro fights by knockout with his past two wins coming from Bellator. Amedovski seems like quite a promising prospect and also given the deteriorating state of Jotko’s chin, I’d go with the newcomer .
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