The UFC Moscow card was hit with bad luck when Junior Dos Santos pulled out with a bacterial infection. UFC was forced to scrap the scheduled main event between the former Heavyweight Champion and Alexander Volkov.
The bout between Zabit Magomedsharipov and Calvin Kattar was promoted to headline status. While the controversial Greg Hardy will step in for dos Santos to take on Volkov in the co-main event.
But that does not mean that the card does not have enough firepower. The featherweight bout between Magomedsharipov and Kattar is as good of a Fight Night main event as you’ll see this year. A win for either man could propel them to contender status for Max Halloway’s title.
Greg Hardy will also be looking to put his recent no-contest behind him after inexplicably using an inhaler between rounds. On the other hand, Alexander Volkov is looking to bounce back from a knockout loss at the hands of Derrick Lewis at UFC 229 that snapped his six-fight win streak and pegged him down the Heavyweight rankings.
The main card also features bouts Zelim Imadaev and Danny Roberts, Khadis Ibragimov and Ed Herman, Ramazan Emeev and Anthony Rocco Martin, and Shamil Gamzatov and Klidson Abreu.
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Cavin Kattar
The 17-1 Zabit has looked absolutely phenomenal in his UFC career, with three of his five wins coming via submission. And coming off a win over veteran Featherweight contender, Jeremy Stephens, a win over Kattar, will surely put him in the championship conversation. He will also possess a significant advantage over Kattar when it comes to wrestling.
Kattar is also on an impressive run, having won 12 of his last 13 fights. He has also found his instinct to finish fights recently, having won three of his last four fights via TKO. Thus he has an advantage when it comes to the danger of finishing a fight with one shot, something that can never be discounted.
Greg Hardy vs Alexander Volkov
It is hard not to feel that it might be too early in Greg Hardy’s career to take on a 37-fight veteran. Volkov is still a major force in the Heavyweight division. Volkov’s overall game is much more developed than Hardy in every aspect. Hardy is also on short notice, and this should be nothing more than an elementary win for Volkov.
But this is the Heavyweight division and Hardy has finishing power. Much stranger things have happened in the past.
Zelim Imadaev vs Danny Roberts
UFC will be hoping that this is Imadaev’s coming out party. Roberts is on a two-fight losing streak and has lost four of his last seven fights. Not someone you’ll be putting your money on.
Khadis Ibragimov vs Ed Herman
Another prospect vs veteran contest. Ed Herman has fought 22 times in the UFC. But he is 39 years old and in the twilight of his career.
The 8-1 Ibragimov is 24 and should be good enough to put Herman away. Coming off a submission loss in his UFC debut, a loss could be catastrophic for his future prospects.
Ramazan Emeev vs Anthony Rocco Martin
Emeev is 18-3 and a Combat Sambo World Champion. He is a former M-1 Global Middleweight Champion. His last loss was five years ago and avenged.
Martin is 16-5 and coming off a majority decision loss at the hands of the legendary Demian Maia. Nothing to be ashamed of.
This is probably the closest fight on the card. But we will pick the Russian to get the victory on home soil.
Shamil Gamzatov vs Klidson Abreu
Both men are ground specialists, and that could force them into a fight on the feet. That is where Gamzatov has a slight advantage and could end up deciding the contest.