The UFC has formally announced its forthcoming event in The Windy City. UFC 238 occurs June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, along with the first three bouts for the card have already been shown, such as the women’s flyweight title battle. My thoughts about the brand new spells — all of women’s struggles — are below.
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye, UFC 238 UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will make her first title defense when she takes on Jessica Eye at UFC 238. Though not official, it’s likely this bout will serve as the co-main occasion of this pay-per-view.
Shevchenko (16-3) is 5-2 at the UFC and won the empty flyweight title with a five-round unanimous decision win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her last outing. She’s 2-0 as a flyweight at the UFC, and her only two losses at the Octagon came against double champ Amanda Nunes. Eye (14-6, 1 NC) is 4-5, 1 NC overall in the UFC and is 3-0 since moving down to the flyweight division. But, her three wins at 125lbs were all very close choices, also Shevchenko is a huge step up in competition from who Eye has been battling.
Look for the champ Shevchenko to open as a monster favourite here as she seems to receive her first title defense under her belt and begin to build her legacy in the sport.
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood, UFC 238
Flyweight contenders Katlyn Chookagian and Joanne Calderwood are also set to meet UFC 238. When there’s an accident to somebody in the main event, it is possible either of those fighters could be called up to fight for the name.
Chookagian (11-2) is 4-2 overall in the UFC and many recently dropped a split decision to Eye at UFC 231. Calderwood (13-3) is 5-2 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Ariane Lipski and Kalindra Faria since going upward to flyweight.
Enrolling in weight looks like it was the best choice of Calderwood’s career as she seems rejuvenated in her new weight class. Chookagian is a decent fighter, but she lacks the finishing ability that Calderwood has. The betting line should be rather close, but I would prefer Calderwood here.
Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff, UFC 238
Leading women’s strawweight contenders Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff will square off UFC 238 using a possible title shot at stake.
Suarez (7-0) won The Ultimate Fighter 23 and is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC such as a gigantic TKO win over Carla Esparza in her final outing that declared herself as a legitimate title contender at 115lbs. Ansaroff (10-5) is currently 4-2 at the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win series with a breakthrough decision win over Claudia Gadelha in her final struggle.
This is a tremendous matchup between two of the hottest strawweights around Earth, and the winner must be next in line to fight the success of UFC 237’s Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade. Although I adore what Ansaroff was performing recently, you just have to go for the upside and accept Suarez inside this fight. Like she always appears to be, I expect Suarez to be a big favorite to win this battle.
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