The UFC heads to St Petersburg, Russia this weekend after an absolutely memorable UFC 236 last weekend. That card is an all-timer for me, but this weekend we have a lot of Russians and a lot of fighters making their UFC debut. I personally won’t be fully invested in this card meaning I won’t have as many lineups, but there are some dogs I do like. I won’t get too in depth with this one, but here are some I like or dislike.
Islam Makhachev $9400 – I like Makhachev as a fighter, but the guy he’s going up against is no slouch. I’ll have some of Islam but I might have 1 or two with Tsarukyan. There are levels to this sort of stuff, and while Makhachev is really well-rounded, so is Tsarukyan. Tsarukyan is 13-1 and hasn’t lost since 2015 (which in my opinion was a fluke KO). Yeah he was in organizations like Sambo 70, Far Eastern Modern Pankration Federation, etc, but the guy is solid. Do not sleep on Arman Tsarukyan. Islam has scored well in his past 3 fights with over 100 fpts, but this fight might go the distance.
Antonina Shevchenko $9300 – This is a pass for me, I don’t see her finishing Modaferi, and while I see it 30-27 Antonina, I don’t think she scores over 90.
Movsar Evloev $9100 – The M-1 bantameight champion makes his UFC debut, and I haven’t been this excited since Zabit made his debut. Evloev is the real deal, outstanding wrestler and kickboxer. His opponent Seung Woo Choi has a nice resume but I think the South Korean is in over his head here. Evloev will be highly owned and I expect him to score well.
Overeem / Oleinik – I can see the main event going 3 ways.• Reem via TKO• Oleinik via TKO• Oleinik via sub
I could seriously see Overeem slipping up here, and while this is a winnable fight for him, Alexei Oleinik is an extremely dangerous fight for him. These guys trained with each other so the familiarity is there. It should be a fight that ends by the 3rdround, and I’ll have exposure on both.
Michal Oleksiejuk $8800 – Oleksiejuk is coming off a 1st round TKO of Gian Villante back in February. Michal is a fantastic striker and holds a huge advantage on the feet over Antigulov. Antigulov has 2 wins via sub in the UFC over Joachim Christensen and Marcos Rogerio de Lima, not exactly world beaters. Oleksiejuk is the only guy I like priced between 8 and 9k.
Alen Amedovski $7600 – My favorite dog on the card. The only reason Krysztof Jotko is around a -175 favorite is because he has UFC experience. Amedovski is going to present a lot of problems for the Polish vet. I don’t think Jotko has recovered from the brutal KO to Uriah Hall, and he just can’t be hesitant against Amedovski like the way he was against Brad Tavares. Something I see is how Amedovski fights coming out of the clinch, and with the way Jotko leaves that chin out, I don’t see the result favorable for Krysztof.
Alex Da Silva $7500 – First off Alexander Yakovlev hasn’t fought since November of 2016, a submission loss to Zak Cummings. He’s 34, and let’s be honest he’s in the twilight of his career. He takes on an up and comer in Alex da Silva. Da Silva is young and he’s a good striker with a solid ground game. Not often will I go against a Russian fighting in his home country, but I think Silva is the quicker guy and I’d have to give him the grappling advantage as well. I think DaSilva wins inside the distance here.