UFC 237 takes place May 11 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and numerous fresh bouts for 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 some of the undercard bouts as well. 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 information. Silva (34-9, 1 NC) is 17-5, 1 NC in 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 introduction scored an upset KO win over David Branch. As good as Cannonier looked at 185lbs as poor as Silva has appeared in the last five decades, I still think Silva could win this fight. I’m expecting a near fight here, and if for whatever reason Silva is a 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 clash. Combate revealed that the news. Nogueira (23-8) is 6-5 in the UFC and in his last fight upset Sam Alvey via KO. Spann (15-5) is really 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’s fade substance because of being 42-years older, 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 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 because a brutal head kick KO loss to Holly Holm in June 2017. Aldana (9-4) is 2-2 in the UFC and has won backend decisions over Lucie Pudilova and Talita Bernardo heading into the match. Correia needs to be faded coming off of a long layoff, particularly against a specialized striker like Aldana. I’m hoping for a near line here because of Correia’s fame, but I think Aldana by decision 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 meet at this function. Combate broke the news. Clark (9-5, 1 NC) is 2-1 in the UFC but fell a choice to Jessica Eye in her final bout. Bernardo (6-3) is 1-2 at the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Sarah Moras. This ought to be a competitive bout but Clark is the proven and professional fighter and needs to be marginally favored here.
Wu Yanan vs. Luana Carolina, UFC 237
And finally, flyweights Wu Yanan and Luana Carolina will battle. Agfight had the information. Yana (10-2) is 1-1 from the UFC for example a decision win over Lauren Mueller in her final outing. Carolina (5-1) has not lost because her pro debut in 2015, also got a UFC contract with a win over 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 favorite at open.
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