UFC 237 happens May 11 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and numerous new bouts with this card have been shown in the past week. We knew the most important event is that a women’s UFC strawweight title fight between champion Rose Namajunas and challenger Jessica Andrade, but today we understand a number of the undercard bouts as well. They are listed below, together 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 in the UFC and in his last 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 introduction scored an upset KO win over David Branch. As great as Cannonier looked at 185lbs as poor as Silva has looked in the previous five decades, I still think Silva could win this fight. I am anticipating a near fight here, and if for whatever reason Silva is an underdog I would 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 battle. Combate revealed that the news. Nogueira (23-8) is 6-5 from the UFC and in his last fight upset Sam Alvey through KO. Spann (15-5) is on a five-fight win streak for example a decision win over Luis Henrique in his UFC debut. Despite Rogerio’s win over Alvey, I think he has fade substance due to being 42-years old, and that I would have to favor Spann to win this battle just according to him 27-years older.
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 in 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 won back-to-back choices over Lucie Pudilova and Talita Bernardo heading into the game. Correia needs to be faded coming from a lengthy layoff, particularly against a technical striker such as Aldana. I am hoping to get a close line here because of Correia’s fame, but I think Aldana intentionally 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 meet 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 final bout. Bernardo (6-3) is 1-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Sarah Moras. This should be a competitive bout but Clark is the proven and experienced 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 from the UFC including a choice win over Lauren Mueller in her last outing. Carolina (5-1) hasn’t dropped because her pro debut in 2015, and got a UFC contract with a win on the Brazilian Contender Series. Both fighters are lacking experience, but Carolina is the Brazilian fighting on her home turf here and I would assume she’d be a decent-sized favored at open.
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