UFC 237 happens May 11 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and many fresh bouts for this card have been shown in the past week. We already knew the most important 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 information. Silva (34-9, 1 NC) is 17-5, 1 NC at the UFC and in his final battle missing a hard-fought decision 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 good as Cannonier appeared at 185lbs as bad as Silva has appeared in the previous five decades, I still think Silva could win this battle. I am anticipating a close fight , and when for whatever reason Silva is a underdog I’d 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 from the UFC and in his last fight upset Sam Alvey via 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 think he’s fade material due to being 42-years old, and I would need to favor Spann to acquire this battle just based on 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 has not 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 decisions over Lucie Pudilova and Talita Bernardo heading into this game. Correia has to be faded coming from a long layoff, especially against a specialized striker such as Aldana. I’m hoping for a near line here due to Correia’s popularity, but I think Aldana intentionally 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 event. Combate broke the information. 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 1-2 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Sarah Moras. This should be a competitive bout but Clark is the more proven and professional fighter and needs to be slightly favored here.
Wu Yanan vs. Luana Carolina, UFC 237
And finally, flyweights Wu Yanan and Luana Carolina will clash. 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 dropped 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 your Brazilian fighting on her home turf here and I would assume she would be a decent-sized favorite at open.
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