In the Middleweight division, we have newcomer Alen Amedovski vs UFC veteran Krzysztof Jotko, in which should be a heavy hitting clash at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in Russia.
Alen comes in on an 8-fight career win streak, winning all of his fights by KO/TKO. Although Alen does have a few red flags here, Jotko has an undesirable chin and is prone to a knockout. Versus somebody with Amendovskis power, I worry Jotko might be served up his fourth consecutive loss.
In the Lightweight division, Rafael Fiziev will be making his UFC debut against after a successful KO in Titan Fighting Championship he has been called up to the big leagues. Making his debut against Magomed Mustafaev won’t be an easy one, but with much time spent away from the octagon for Magomed… I think Rafael has what it takes to get the job done this weekend.
6-0 professional career for Fiziev has seen him finish five out of six of those fights in the first round! Fiziev strikes very technical and packs some serious power behind it as well. His Muay Thai back is evident, with his stance and great clinch work resembling the Muay Thai style. I like Fiziev to impress in his UFC debut here and he might even take Magomed to his first decision fight. In fact, between both fighters, they have had 21 professional fights and none have gone to decision.
In the Welterweight division, new blood Dwight Grant faces the UFC veteran Alan Jouban. Dwight actually opened up as a much larger price but quick thinkers gave the 2.40 opening price a slight hammering. I’m siding with those quick thinkers mentioned, after watching how hard Dwight can throw his strikes combined with Alan’s lack of chin, I can see Grant winning this fight with another TKO victory added to his resume.
Alan Jouban has been around the block and faced some serious competition, a 7-4 record in the UFC it’s clear to see Alan can’t be overlooked with notable wins over Belal Muhammad and Mike Perry. Alan isn’t the youngest chicken in the coop, and coming off a long injury I feel it might be Dwight Grants time to shine.
We have been gifted a Middleweight Interim title fight as the co-main event for this weekend’s UFC 236 PPV, and what a bloody good fight It is! (15-3-0) Middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum takes on UFC rising superstar Israel Adesanya who is yet to have been defeated inside the octogen (16-0-0).
Although Kelvin has a wrestling background it’s very rare that we see it, in this type of fight Kelvin could give himself a huge advantage if Adesanya can’t successfully sprawl or fend off the takedown. That said, I’ll give Israel the advantage given his huge size and half decent clinch control. He will fend any type of takedown attempt and make Kelvin pay for it with elbows and knees.
In the Light Heavyweight division, we have a rematch four years in the making when OSP goes up against Nikita Krylov.
Way back in 2014 OSP managed to finish Nikita in the first round with the ever so famous but also super rare von flu choke. It didn’t take OSP long as he ended the fight within 1:29 of the first-round handing Nikita his second UFC loss at the time.
Over the years Nikita has built his resume and certainly cemented his place on the UFC roster going 9-2 since his loss to Ovince inside and outside of the UFC. Nikita returned to the UFC in September 2018 after a four-fight win streak in the Fight Night Global organization. On his return, he suffered a submission loss to Jan Blachowicz and with Ovinces consistency on the mat, I can smell a similar outcome in this fight.