NEW BOUTS ADDED TO UFC RUSSIA INCLUDING RETURN OF ISLAM MAKHACHEV

UFC Russia takes place April 20 at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Also 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 in UFC Fight Night 149. Igor Lazorin broke the information. Makhachev (16-1) has gone 5-1 complete in the Octagon and is now riding a four-fight win series which includes back-end 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 final outing. He’s won 12 straight fights including victories along with other former UFC fighters Junior Assuncao and Takenori Sato. Though Makhachev is a huge talent and will certainly be a significant favourite here, I had been amazed looking into Tsarukyan and give him a good prospect of making this fight competitive.
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk , UFC Fight Night 149
Light heavyweights Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Michal Oleksiejczuk will meet in a fight that is unlikely to go three full rounds. Antigulov (20-5) is 2-1 in the UFC but has been knocked out in barbarous fashion by Ion Cutelaba in his last outing. Oleksiejczuk (13-2, 1 NC) recently returned from a yearlong USADA suspension to score a TKO win over Gian Villante. Both men are treacherous fighters, however I expect Oleksiejczuk to be greatly 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 was filed by Kevin Lee back in November 2016 and has not 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 always get respect from bettors, dependent on Mustafaev’s long 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 champion in M-1 and seems to be about 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 appear to be solid prospects but given 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 set to fight. Denis Geyko broke the information. Jotko (19-4) was at once an up-and-coming middleweight competition but has fallen on hard times as of late with three consecutive losses, including consecutive TKO defeats to Brad Tavares and Uriah Hall. Amedovski (8-0) is fighting out of Macedonia and has won eight of his pro fights by knockout with his past two wins coming in Bellator. Amedovski looks like quite a promising prospect and given the deteriorating state of Jotko’s chin, I would go with the newcomer .
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