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NEW BOUTS ADDED TO UFC RUSSIA INCLUDING RETURN OF ISLAM MAKHACHEV

UFC Russia Occurs 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 takes 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 now riding a four-fight win streak that includes back-to-back stoppage wins over Gleison Tibau and Kajan Johnson. Tsarukyan (13-1) is only 22 and has finished 10 fights, including a brutal head kick KO win over former UFC fighter Felipe Olivieri in his last outing. He has won 12 straight fights including victories over other former UFC fighters Junior Assuncao and Takenori Sato. Though Makhachev is a tremendous gift and will certainly be a heavy favourite here, I had been impressed appearing into Tsarukyan and provide him a decent chance of making this battle competitive. Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk , UFC Fight Night 149 Light heavyweights Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Michal Oleksiejczuk will meet in a fight that’s unlikely to go three full rounds. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 in the UFC but has been knocked out in barbarous manner by Ion Cutelaba in his last 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 dangerous 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 fight at this event. 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 completed all six of his pro bouts including a head kick KO win in Titan FC his last time out. Although Russian fighters get respect from bettors, dependent on Mustafaev’s extended layoff and Fiziev’s undefeated record, I anticipate Fiziev to be a large favorite here. Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi, UFC Fight Night 149 Bantamweight prospects Movsar Evloev and Seung Woo Choi will also be set to battle. Evloev (10-0) was a winner in M-1 and looks to be about the Petr Yan fast-track into 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 appear to be solid prospects but given Evloev’s undefeated record he is going to be the favorite here. Krzysztof Jotko vs. Alen Amedovski Middleweights Krzysztof Jotko and Alen Amedovski are set to fight. Denis Geyko broke the news. Jotko (19-4) was at one time an up-and-coming middleweight contender but has really fallen on hard times as of late with three straight losses, including consecutive TKO defeats to Brad Tavares and Uriah Hall. Amedovski (8-0) is fighting out of Macedonia and has won all eight of his pro fights by knockout with his last two wins coming from Bellator. Amedovski seems like quite a promising prospect and also given the deteriorating state of Jotko’s chin, I would go with the newcomer here. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks. Read more: dailysportnewspaper.org