UFC 237 takes place May 11 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and many fresh spells with this card have been shown from the past week. We knew the main event is that a women’s UFC strawweight title fight between champion Rose Namajunas and challenger Jessica Andrade, but now we know some 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 choice to No. 1 rival 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 appeared at 185lbs as bad as Silva has looked in the last five decades, I think Silva could win this fight. I’m expecting a near fight , and if for whatever reason Silva is a underdog I would 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 clash. Combate revealed 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 for example a decision win over Luis Henrique in his UFC debut. Despite Rogerio’s win over Alvey, I still think he’s fade substance because of being 42-years older, and that I would need 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 news. Correia (10-3-1) is 4-3-1 at the UFC but has not 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 back-to-back decisions over Lucie Pudilova and Talita Bernardo heading into the game. Correia has to be faded coming from a lengthy layoff, especially against a specialized striker like Aldana. I’m hoping to get a near line here due to Correia’s fame, 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 meet at this event. Combate broke the news. Clark (9-5, 1 NC) is 2-1 at the UFC but fell a choice 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 proven and experienced fighter and should be marginally favored here.
Wu Yanan vs. Luana Carolina, UFC 237
And flyweights Wu Yanan and Luana Carolina will clash. Agfight had the information. Yana (10-2) is 1-1 from the UFC for example a choice win over Lauren Mueller in her final outing. Carolina (5-1) has not lost because her pro debut in 2015, and got a UFC contract with a triumph over the Brazilian Contender Series. Both fighters are lacking in experience, but Carolina is the Brazilian fighting on her home turf here and I would assume she’d be a decent-sized favorite at open.
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