The UFC has formally declared its upcoming event in The Windy City. UFC 238 takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and the first few bouts for the card have been revealed, including the women’s flyweight title battle. My thoughts about the brand new spells — all women’s struggles — are below.
UFC 238 vs. Jessica Eye, valentina Shevchenko UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will make her first title defense when she takes on Jessica Eye in UFC 238. Though not official, it’s likely this bout will function as the co-main event 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 in the UFC, and her just two losses in the Octagon came from double champ Amanda Nunes. Eye (14-6, 1 NC) is currently 4-5, 1 NC total in the UFC and is 3-0 since moving 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 was fighting.
Start looking for the champ Shevchenko to start as a monster favorite here as she looks to get her first name defense under her belt and start to construct her legacy in the sport.
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood, UFC 238
Flyweight contenders Katlyn Chookagian and Joanne Calderwood are also set to meet at UFC 238. When there’s an injury to somebody in the main event, it is possible either of those fighters could be called up to fight for the title.
Chookagian (11-2) is 4-2 overall from the UFC and many recently dropped a split decision to Eye at UFC 231. Calderwood (13-3) is 5-2 at the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Ariane Lipski and Kalindra Faria since moving up to flyweight.
Moving up in weight appears like it was the best decision of Calderwood’s livelihood as she looks rejuvenated at her fresh 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
Top women’s strawweight contenders Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff will square off at UFC 238 using a potential title shot on the line.
Suarez (7-0) won The Ultimate Fighter 23 and is a perfect 4-0 at the UFC including a gigantic TKO win over Carla Esparza in her last outing that announced 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 using a breakthrough decision win over Claudia Gadelha in her last struggle.
This is a tremendous matchup between two of the trendiest strawweights on the planet, and the winner should be next in line to resist the success of UFC 237’s Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade. Though I adore what Ansaroff was performing recently, you just need to go with the upside and accept Suarez inside this fight. Like she always appears to be, I anticipate Suarez to be a big favorite to win this battle.
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