UFC 237 STARTING TO SHAPE UP
UFC 237 takes place May 11 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and many fresh bouts with this card have been revealed from the past week. We knew the main event is a women’s UFC strawweight title fight between champion Rose Namajunas and challenger Jessica Andrade, but today we know a number of the undercard bouts as well. They’re listed below, along with my first thoughts.
Anderson Silva vs. Jared Cannonier, UFC 237
An intriguing middleweight bout sees Anderson Silva take on Jared Cannonier. ESPN broke the news. Silva (34-9, 1 NC) is 17-5, 1 NC at the UFC and in his last battle missing a hard-fought decision to No. 1 rival Israel Adesanya. Cannonier (11-4) is 4-4 at the UFC and in his middleweight debut scored an upset KO win over David Branch. As great as Cannonier appeared at 185lbs as bad as Silva has appeared in the last five decades, I still think Silva can win this fight. I am anticipating a close fight , and when for whatever reason Silva is an underdog I’d seriously consider taking a shot .
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Spann, UFC 237
Light heavyweights Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Spann are set to battle. Combate revealed that the news. Nogueira (23-8) is 6-5 from the UFC and in his final fight upset Sam Alvey through KO. Spann (15-5) is really on a five-fight win series including a decision win over Luis Henrique in his UFC debut. Despite Rogerio’s triumph over Alvey, I still think he has fade material because of being 42-years old, and I would have to favor Spann to acquire this battle just based on him 27-years old.
Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana, UFC 237
A women’s bantamweight bout will visit Bethe Correia take on Irene Aldana. Combate broke the news. Correia (10-3-1) is 4-3-1 in the UFC but has not fought since a brutal head kick KO loss to Holly Holm at June 2017. Aldana (9-4) is 2-2 in the UFC and has gained backend decisions over Lucie Pudilova and Talita Bernardo heading into the game. Correia needs to be faded coming from a long layoff, especially against a specialized striker like Aldana. I’m hoping to get a close line here due to Correia’s popularity, but I think Aldana intentionally is the most-likely result of this bout.
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Talita Bernardo, UFC 237
Women’s flyweights Jessica-Rose Clark and Talita Bernardo will fulfill at this function. Combate broke the information. Clark (9-5, 1 NC) is 2-1 in the UFC but dropped a choice to Jessica Eye in her final bout. Bernardo (6-3) is currently 1-2 in the UFC and is coming from a determination win over Sarah Moras. This should be a competitive bout but Clark is the proven and professional fighter and should be marginally favored here.
Wu Yanan vs. Luana Carolina, UFC 237
And flyweights Wu Yanan and Luana Carolina will battle. Agfight had the news. Yana (10-2) is 1-1 in the UFC for example a choice win over Lauren Mueller in her last outing. Carolina (5-1) has not lost since her pro debut in 2015, also got a UFC contract with a win over the Brazilian Contender Series. Both fighters are lacking in experience, but Carolina is your Brazilian fighting on her home turf here and I would assume she’d be a decent-sized favorite at open.
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