Ukrainian Askar Mozharov makes his UFC debut against Alonso Menifield


Announcement of the duel of the UFC Fight Night 207 tournament

The fight will take place on June 4 in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) at the UFC Apex complex and will be one of the main ones at the UFC Fight Night 207 tournament. The estimated start of the fight is 23:30 Kyiv time. The fight will be broadcast live on Setanta Sports.

In light heavyweight Ukrainian Askar Mozharov (19-12) will make his debut in the UFC, meeting in a cage with Alonso Menifield (11-3), who already has seven appearances in the promotion.

27-year-old Mozharov last fought in MMA in November 2020, knocking out compatriot Yevgeny Golub in 33 seconds in Kyiv at the PPC: Kratos Cup 12 tournament. knock out the unknown Victor Jones. In the same year, the Odessan signed a contract with the UFC, but in May he was unable to fight veteran heavyweight Ben Rothwell, failing to obtain an American visa, and Mozharov withdrew from the August fight against Dustin Jacoby for unnamed reasons.

Menifield has a 4-3 record in the UFC. He was last seen in the octagon in December last year, when William Knight, following the results of the judges’ notes, cut off Menifield’s streak of two victories.

Prediction for the fight

The champion of Ukraine in Muay Thai and full contact karate Mozharov will have an advantage in height in this pair, and probably also in the stance. Mozharov is famous for his ability to quickly end his fights with a knockout. At the same time, it plays into his hands that Menifield is also a drummer for the most part, but a rather mediocre one.

However, Menifield can hit hard, and Mozharov’s chin has let him down more than once. However, our prediction is that Mozharov will still be able to cut down the American with one of his cavalry attacks, which, as Ovince Saint Preux showed, can be knocked out. But if Mozharov does not cope with the opponent in the first half of the battle, then in the future he may have problems due to the fact that he gives a lot of strength at the start.

Mozharov’s victory by knockout in the 1st round