UFC 237 happens May 11 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and numerous fresh bouts with this card have been shown from 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 understand some of the undercard bouts too. They are 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 in the UFC and in his last fight lost a hard-fought decision to No. 1 contender 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 looked at 185lbs and as bad as Silva has looked in the previous five years, I still think Silva could win this fight. I’m expecting a close fight here, and when for whatever reason Silva is a underdog I’d seriously think about taking a shot .
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 in the UFC and in his final 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’s fade substance due to being 42-years older, and that I would need to prefer 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 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 since a brutal head kick KO loss to Holly Holm in June 2017. Aldana (9-4) is currently 2-2 in the UFC and has won backend decisions over Lucie Pudilova and Talita Bernardo heading into this match. Correia needs to be faded coming from a long layoff, especially against a specialized striker like Aldana. I’m hoping for a near line here due to Correia’s fame, but I think Aldana by decision is the most-likely result of this particular 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 news. Clark (9-5, 1 NC) is 2-1 at the UFC but fell a decision to Jessica Eye in her last bout. Bernardo (6-3) is currently 1-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Sarah Moras. This ought to be a competitive bout but Clark is the more proven and professional fighter and should 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 decision win over Lauren Mueller in her final outing. Carolina (5-1) hasn’t dropped since her pro debut in 2015, and earned a UFC contract with a win on the Brazilian Contender Series. Both fighters are lacking in experience, but Carolina is your Brazilian fighting on her home turf here and I’d assume she’d be a decent-sized favored at open.
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