UFC 237 happens May 11 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and many fresh spells with this card have been shown in the last week. We knew the main event is a women’s UFC strawweight title fight between champion Rose Namajunas and challenger Jessica Andrade, but now we understand a number of the undercard bouts too. 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 battle missing 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 great as Cannonier looked at 185lbs as poor as Silva has appeared in the previous five years, I still think Silva could win this fight. I’m expecting a close fight here, and when for whatever reason Silva is an underdog I’d seriously think about taking a shot on him.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Spann, UFC 237
Light heavyweights Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Spann are set to clash. Combate revealed that the news. Nogueira (23-8) is 6-5 in the UFC and in his last fight upset Sam Alvey via KO. Spann (15-5) is really on a five-fight win series for example a decision win over Luis Henrique in his UFC debut. Despite Rogerio’s win over Alvey, I think he’s fade material because of being 42-years old, and that I would need 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 at the UFC but hasn’t fought since a brutal head kick KO loss to Holly Holm at June 2017. Aldana (9-4) is currently 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 off of a lengthy layoff, especially against a specialized striker such as Aldana. I am hoping to get a close line here due to Correia’s popularity, but I think Aldana by decision is the most-likely consequence of this particular bout.
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Talita Bernardo, UFC 237
Women’s flyweights Jessica-Rose Clark and Talita Bernardo will fulfill at this event. Combate broke the news. Clark (9-5, 1 NC) is 2-1 at the UFC but dropped a choice to Jessica Eye in her last bout. Bernardo (6-3) is currently 1-2 in the UFC and is coming from a determination win over Sarah Moras. This ought to be a competitive bout but Clark is the more proven and experienced fighter and should be slightly favored here.
Wu Yanan vs. Luana Carolina, UFC 237
And finally, flyweights Wu Yanan and Luana Carolina will clash. Agfight had the news. Yana (10-2) is 1-1 in the UFC including a decision win over Lauren Mueller in her last outing. Carolina (5-1) hasn’t dropped because her pro debut in 2015, also got a UFC contract with a triumph on 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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