UFC 237 takes place May 11 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and many new bouts with this card have been shown from the past week. We already knew the main event is that a women’s UFC strawweight title fight between champion Rose Namajunas and challenger Jessica Andrade, but today we know some 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 at the UFC and in his last 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 introduction scored an upset KO win over David Branch. As good as Cannonier looked at 185lbs and as poor as Silva has looked in the previous five decades, I still think Silva can win this battle. I’m anticipating a near fight , 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 that the news. Nogueira (23-8) is 6-5 in the UFC and in his final fight upset Sam Alvey via KO. Spann (15-5) is really on a five-fight win series including a decision win over Luis Henrique in his UFC debut. Despite Rogerio’s win over Alvey, I still think he’s fade material due to being 42-years older, and that I would need to prefer Spann to acquire this battle just according to 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 information. Correia (10-3-1) is 4-3-1 at the UFC but hasn’t fought because a brutal head kick KO loss to Holly Holm at June 2017. Aldana (9-4) is currently 2-2 from the UFC and has gained backend decisions over Lucie Pudilova and Talita Bernardo heading into this match. Correia has to be faded coming off of a long layoff, particularly against a specialized striker such as Aldana. I am hoping for a near line here due to Correia’s popularity, but I believe 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 meet at this function. Combate broke the news. Clark (9-5, 1 NC) is 2-1 at the UFC but fell a choice to Jessica Eye in her final bout. Bernardo (6-3) is currently 1-2 in the UFC and is coming from a determination win over Sarah Moras. This should be a competitive bout but Clark is the proven and experienced fighter and should be marginally favored here.
Wu Yanan vs. Luana Carolina, UFC 237
And finally, flyweights Wu Yanan and Luana Carolina will battle. Agfight had the news. Yana (10-2) is 1-1 from the UFC including a choice win over Lauren Mueller in her final outing. Carolina (5-1) hasn’t lost because her pro debut in 2015, and got a UFC contract with a triumph over the Brazilian Contender Series. Both fighters are lacking experience, but Carolina is your Brazilian fighting on her home turf here and I would assume she’d be a decent-sized favored at open.
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