UFC 237 takes place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and many fresh bouts with this card have been shown in 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 now we know a number 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 news. Silva (34-9, 1 NC) is 17-5, 1 NC in the UFC and in his final 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 good as Cannonier looked at 185lbs and as bad as Silva has looked in the last five years, I still think Silva could win this fight. I am anticipating a near 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 clash. Combate revealed 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 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 has fade material because of being 42-years older, and that I would have to favor 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 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 in the UFC and has won backend choices over Lucie Pudilova and Talita Bernardo heading into the match. Correia needs to be faded coming from a lengthy layoff, especially against a technical striker such as Aldana. I am hoping for a close 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 meet at this event. Combate broke the news. Clark (9-5, 1 NC) is 2-1 in the UFC but dropped a decision to Jessica Eye in her last bout. Bernardo (6-3) is 1-2 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Sarah Moras. This ought to be an aggressive bout but Clark is the more 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 battle. Agfight had the information. 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 earned 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 favorite at open.
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