The UFC Fight Night 149 will take place on April 20 in St. Petersburg. Prosports.kz draws your attention to the event.
"Rome" against "Boa"
The American transport returns to Russia seven months later. The first event in the Russian Federation took place last September, when the local population was surprised by Alexey Oleinik's main battle of the evening. The tournament went perfectly and satisfied both the spectators and the financiers of the company. Therefore, the matchmakers did not hesitate with the second event. Russia's UFC vice president Andrei Gromkovsky said Russia should host up to three tournaments a year.
Coincidentally, the main card of the upcoming tournament in St. Petersburg will also be headed by Alexey Oleinik. Originally the legendary Alistair Overeem met in the main fight of the evening with Alexander Volkov, who retired earlier this month from the tournament. As the Russian fighter announced, he had to give up the fight for health reasons. Then the company turned to MMA veteran Alexey Oleinik. The 41-year-old fighter has signed a contract for the fight with Rome, but does not yet know how he can defend himself against the strong opponent.
"I do not know what to do with Overeem because the opponent I was preparing for differs noticeably in attitude, stroke technique, and the ability to defend himself against takedowns. I've been sparring with Alistar and know that this is a very serious adversary, even in combat, not to mention the percussion technique. This is another challenge for me and the Russian MMA. We will try, "Oleinik said in an interview with the Fight Space portal.
Currently, BoA ranks 9th in the UFC standings, scoring two straight wins. In the last match Oleinik strangled the famous heavyweight mark Hunt. It's worth noting that Alexei has been looking for a rival for a long time, but many heavyweight fighters refused to fight with him. Now he has to meet with Alistair Overeem at the Octagon.
At the moment, the career of the famous Dutchman comes to a logical end, but before retiring, Rome is ready to satisfy the fans with a few more fights and to fill a bank account. No wonder the American doctorate is paying the fighter $ 800,000 to fight in Fight Night Series tournaments. By the way, the heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier does not even get such a pure fee. A possible victory over Overeem will allow Oleinik to get close to the top five of the standings. The title ambitions of the Russian fighter are not yet discussed as the athlete must pass Overeem, and then wait at least two more fights on him before the coveted gold of the championship is expected. For Alistair this is the last title run of his career. We add that the previous one ended in September 2016, when he was eliminated by the then champion Stipe Miočić. Victoria via Oleinik will allow Rome to extend its registration to the top 10 heavyweights. In general, we are waiting for Master's classic confrontation with Overeem and the experienced Jitser Oleinik.
The rest of the card
The rest of the card tournament is worth mentioning. The first Russian UFC tournament was completely over the upcoming. It's understandable – the company had to show a brilliant show and appeal to a new audience. With this task, the UFC FN 136 has succeeded perfectly. But the event on April 20 can not boast of bright names, except Alistair Overeem. Matchmakers put 27-year-old Islam Makhachev, who has been knocking for the fourth time in four years in the top 10 lightweight division, into the battle of the evening.
The Dagestan fighter returns to Octagon after the scandalous UFC 229 tournament, where Habib Nurmagomedov fought with Conor McGregor's team after beating the latter. If Nurmagomedov and Zubair Tuhugov still have a well-deserved disqualification, Makhachov was a bit luckier. The fighter slipped to UFC 229 on the way to Octagon when Nurmagomedov started a fight with the Irish team. Makhachev had no time to fight, so the UFC leadership did not remove the fighter. Islam fits for the upcoming tournament with a series of four straight wins. For the Petersburg tournament, the opponents of Machachev were promoted at all with the rise – Arman Tsarukyan.
If you pay attention to the early card of the tournament, the audience will be more interested than the main card. On the one hand, the former M-1 Global Lightweight Champion (62 kg) will be making a debut in the company with Movsar Yevloyev. After two successful defensive competitions, 25-year-old Yevloev joined the world's biggest promotion. He was assisted by Kazakh coach Sayat Abdrakhmanov, who is involved in the career of an athlete. In addition to Yevloyev, Rafael Fiziev, another Abdrakhmanov customer, will join the tournament. A Kyrgyz fighter signed a contract with the UFC after Nurzhan Tutkaev won the Titan FC 51 tournament in Almaty last December. In short, the tournament is an excellent opportunity to pass the time while waiting for UFC ESPN 3 to be held in Florida on April 28th.
The main card of the evening battles in St. Petersburg starts at 23:00 Moscow time. Links to the live broadcast – on the website Prosports.kz.