UFC 237 happens May 11 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and many new spells for this card have been shown in the past week. We already knew the main event is that 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 information. Silva (34-9, 1 NC) is 17-5, 1 NC in the UFC and in his final fight lost a hard-fought decision to No. 1 contender Israel Adesanya. Cannonier (11-4) is 4-4 in the UFC and in his middleweight debut scored an upset KO win over David Branch. As good as Cannonier looked at 185lbs as bad as Silva has looked in the previous five years, I still think Silva could win this fight. I’m expecting a near fight , and if for whatever reason Silva is a underdog I’d seriously consider taking a shot on him.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Spann, UFC 237
Light heavyweights Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Spann are set to battle. Combate revealed the news. Nogueira (23-8) is 6-5 from the UFC and in his last fight upset Sam Alvey via KO. Spann (15-5) is 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 older, and I would need to prefer Spann to acquire this fight 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 hasn’t fought because a brutal head kick KO loss to Holly Holm in June 2017. Aldana (9-4) is 2-2 from the UFC and has gained backend choices over Lucie Pudilova and Talita Bernardo heading into the game. Correia needs to be faded coming off of a lengthy layoff, especially against a technical striker like Aldana. I’m hoping for a near line here due to Correia’s fame, but I believe Aldana by decision 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 news. Clark (9-5, 1 NC) is 2-1 at the UFC but dropped a decision to Jessica Eye in her last bout. Bernardo (6-3) is currently 1-2 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Sarah Moras. This ought to be an aggressive bout but Clark is the more proven and professional fighter and needs to be slightly favored here.
Wu Yanan vs. Luana Carolina, UFC 237
And flyweights Wu Yanan and Luana Carolina will clash. Agfight had the news. Yana (10-2) is 1-1 from the UFC including a choice win over Lauren Mueller in her final outing. Carolina (5-1) has not lost since her pro debut in 2015, and earned a UFC contract with a win over the Brazilian Contender Series. Both fighters are lacking experience, but Carolina is your Brazilian fighting her home turf here and I’d assume she’d be a decent-sized favorite at open.
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