UFC 238 ADDS ALJAMAIN STERLING VS. PEDRO MUNHOZ, JIMMIE RIVERA VS. PETR YAN
UFC 238 occurs June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and the card recently had a number of new bouts added to the card. Below are my first thoughts on them.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz, UFC 238
Leading bantamweight contenders Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz are set to match at UFC 238. The bout was first reported by ESPN. Sterling (17-3) is 9-3 in the UFC and is currently riding a three-fight win streak that comes with a decision win over Jimmie Rivera his last time out. Munhoz (18-3, 1 NC) is 8-3, 1 NC and can also be riding a three-fight win series which contains an incredible KO over Cody Garbrandt in his last bout. Though Sterling has looked amazing lately and is finally starting to live up to his potential, Munhoz’ triumph over Garbrandt revealed that he’s an elite bantamweight from the game, and he deserves to be the favorite in this struggle.
Jimmie Rivera vs. Petr Yan, UFC 238
At the same time, bantamweights Jimmie Rivera and Petr Yan will fight at UFC 238. Rivera (22-3) is an impressive 6-2 overall in the UFC but is coming off of a decision loss to Aljamain Sterling. Yan (12-1) is currently 4-0 at the UFC and most recently conquered John Dodson by choice. Rivera has been a good bantamweight for many years inside the Octagon but using a 1-2 record over his last three fights is beginning to show significant signs of a decrease, whereas Yan looks like he could be a future winner at 135lbs. I would expect Yan for a big favorite in this bout.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Calvin Kattar, UFC 238
An intriguing featherweight bout pits Ricardo Lamas contrary to Calvin Kattar. The news of this bout was initially reported by The Chicago Tribune. Lamas (19-7) is 10-5 overall at the UFC and is coming off of a TKO win over Darren Elkins. Kattar (19-3) is currently 3-1 in the UFC and most recently defeated Chris Fishgold by TKO. Lamas has been a fantastic, underrated featherweight for several years inside the Octagon, but Kattar has looked amazing in every fight he has had from the UFC rescue because of his decision loss to Renato Moicano. I’d need to slightly favor Kattar to win this fight.
Felice Herrig vs. Xiaonan Yan, UFC 238
Women’s strawweights collide as Felice Herrig is set to take on Xiaonan Yan. Herrig (14-8) is a Chicago-area native who’s 5-3 overall from the UFC, but she is coming from last-minute conclusion losses to Michelle Waterson and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Yan (10-0, 1 NC) is 3-0 so far in the UFC but her greatest win is probably over Kailin Curran. Yan is a good prospect at 115lbs, but I’m not ready to write off Herrig just yet, and I would have to favor her to win this battle.
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov, UFC 238
And heavyweights Tai Tuivasa and Blagoy Ivanov will clash at UFC 238. Tuivasa (8-1) is currently 3-1 at the UFC but is coming off of a barbarous TKO loss to Junior dos Santos. Ivanov (17-2, 1 NC) is 1-1 at the UFC with a choice loss to JDC and a decision win over Ben Rothwell. This resembles a coin flip, but based on Tuivasa’s youth advantage and KO power I Had marginally lean towards him to get the win.
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