UFC 237 happens May 11 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and numerous fresh bouts for this card have been revealed 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 now we know some 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 at 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 debut scored an upset KO win over David Branch. As great as Cannonier appeared at 185lbs and as bad as Silva has appeared in the previous five decades, I still think Silva can win this battle. I am anticipating a close fight here, and if for whatever reason Silva is an underdog I would seriously consider taking a shot .
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 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 win over Alvey, I still think he has fade substance because of being 42-years older, and that I would need to prefer Spann to acquire this fight just according to him 27-years older.
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 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 game. Correia needs to be faded coming off of a long layoff, especially against a specialized striker like Aldana. I am hoping for a near line here because of Correia’s popularity, but I think Aldana intentionally 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 in the UFC but fell a decision to Jessica Eye in her last bout. Bernardo (6-3) is currently 1-2 at 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 professional fighter and should be slightly 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 decision win over Lauren Mueller in her last outing. Carolina (5-1) hasn’t dropped since her pro debut in 2015, and got a UFC contract with a triumph on the Brazilian Contender Series. Both fighters are lacking experience, but Carolina is the Brazilian fighting her home turf here and I would assume she would be a decent-sized favored at open.
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