The UFC continued to announce a number of fresh bouts for its forthcoming cards. Here are the new matchups, together with my first thoughts on them.
David Teymur vs. Charles Oliveira, UFC Fight Night 144
Lightweights David Teymur and Charles Oliveira will fight at UFC Fight Night 144, taking place February 2 at Centro de Forma????o Ol??mpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil. Teymur (8-1) is 5-0 in the UFC and in his final excursion defeated Nik Lentz. He's had trouble getting opponents to fight himas he's 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 off of a three-fight win series, including a submission win over Jim Miller in his last fight. As good as Oliveira is on the floor, this resembles the type of matchup that's kryptonite for him against a much-better striker in Teymur who also has exceptional takedown defense. Because of this, I would actually favor Teymur inside this fight.
Junior Albini vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik, UFC Fight Night 144
Due to an injury to Dmitry Sosnovskiy, Junior Albini will now 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 dropped to Aleksiy Oleinik via Ezekiel choke in his last fight. Rozenstruik (6-0) has won five of his fights by strikes except for his one appearance in RIZIN, which he won a decision in. Most bettors will seem to fade Albini, but it's hard to say if this is the ideal place to fade him as Rozenstruik is quite unproven against a decent degree of competition.
Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon, UFC 234
Bantamweights Rani Yahya and Ricky Simon are set to battle UFC 234, occurring February 10 in Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Combate broke the news. Yahya (26-9, 1 NC) is 11-3, 1 NC in the UFC and has won seven of his last eight fights overall. He's a really underrated fighter and with a win here should land a top-10 opponent. Simon (14-1) is currently 2-0 in the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win streak overall. Yahya has all of the experience but Simon has lots of upside down and I would rather go with the fighter in this spot.
Sam Alvey vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov, UFC Fight Night 145
Light heavyweight action between Sam Alvey and Gadzhimurad Antigulov will happen at UFC Fight Night 145, on February 23 in O2 Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic. Igor Lazorin broke the information. Alvey (33-11, 1 NC) is 10-6 at the UFC and has been recently knocked out by Antonio Rogerio Nogueria. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 in the UFC but endured a KO loss to Ion Cutelaba in his last fight. This ought to be a true banger of a fight but I have to fade Alvey inside this spot and proceed with Antigulov, although I'm hoping a close line either way.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Tom Breese, UFC Fight Night 147
Because of an injury to Alessio di Chirico, Cezar Ferreira has awakened to fight Tom Breese in UFC Fight Night 147, which takes place March 16 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Ferreira (13-7) is 9-5 overall in the UFC but is coming off of a disappointing conclusion reduction to Ian Heinisch. Breese (11-1) is 4-1 at the UFC and smashed Dan Kelly in his UFC middleweight debut. Ferreira is a good fighter but I do not trust his chin against a strong puncher like Breese, who I hope to be heavily favored within his home country.
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