15 Oct UFC 237 STARTING TO SHAPE UP
UFC 237 happens May 11 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and numerous fresh bouts for this card have been shown in the past week. We already 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 initial 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 in the UFC and in his final fight lost a hard-fought choice to No. 1 contender Israel Adesanya. Cannonier (11-4) is 4-4 at the UFC and in his middleweight introduction scored an upset KO win over David Branch. As great as Cannonier looked at 185lbs as bad as Silva has appeared in the previous five years, I think Silva could win this fight. I’m anticipating a near fight here, and when for whatever reason Silva is an underdog I’d seriously think about taking a shot .
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 from the UFC and in his final fight upset Sam Alvey through KO. Spann (15-5) is on a five-fight win streak including a decision win over Luis Henrique in his UFC debut. Despite Rogerio’s triumph over Alvey, I still think he’s fade material due to being 42-years old, and I would have to favor 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 see Bethe Correia take on Irene Aldana. Combate broke the information. 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 in June 2017. Aldana (9-4) is 2-2 in the UFC and has won back-to-back choices over Lucie Pudilova and Talita Bernardo heading into the match. Correia needs to be faded coming off of a lengthy layoff, particularly against a technical striker such as Aldana. I’m hoping for a near line here because of Correia’s popularity, but I believe Aldana by decision is the most-likely consequence 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 fell 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 marginally favored here.
Wu Yanan vs. Luana Carolina, UFC 237
And flyweights Wu Yanan and Luana Carolina will battle. Agfight had the information. 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 lost 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 her home turf here and I’d assume she’d be a decent-sized favored at open.
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