The UFC has officially declared its forthcoming event in The Windy City. UFC 238 takes place 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 new bouts — all women’s fights — are under.
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will create 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 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 just two losses in the Octagon came from double champ Amanda Nunes. Eye (14-6, 1 NC) is 4-5, 1 NC overall from the UFC and is 3-0 considering moving down to the flyweight division. But, her wins at 125lbs were very close decisions, and Shevchenko is a huge step up in competition from who Eye was battling.
Look for the champ Shevchenko to open as a monster favorite here as she seems to get her first name defense under her belt and start 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 match at UFC 238. If there’s an accident to somebody in the main event, it’s possible either of those fighters could be called up to fight for the name.
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 off of back-to-back wins over Ariane Lipski and Kalindra Faria since moving up to flyweight.
Enrolling in weight looks like it was the best decision of Calderwood’s career as she looks rejuvenated in her new weight class. Chookagian is a decent fighter, but she lacks the finishing ability that Calderwood has. The gambling line ought to be fairly close, but I’d favor Calderwood here.
Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff, UFC 238
Top women’s strawweight contenders Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff will square off UFC 238 with a potential title shot at stake.
Suarez (7-0) won The Ultimate Fighter 23 and is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC including a massive TKO win over Carla Esparza in her final outing that declared herself as a legitimate title contender at 115lbs. Ansaroff (10-5) is 4-2 in the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win streak using a breakthrough decision win over Claudia Gadelha in her last struggle.
This is a huge matchup between two of the trendiest strawweights around the planet, and the winner must be next in line to resist the victory of UFC 237’s Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade. Though I adore what Ansaroff was doing lately, you simply need to go for the upside and accept Suarez in this fight. Like she always seems like, I anticipate Suarez to be a big favorite to win this fight.
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