The UFC has officially announced its upcoming event in The Windy City. UFC 238 occurs June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and the first three bouts for the card have already been revealed, including the women’s flyweight title fight. My thoughts on the brand new spells — all women’s struggles — are under.
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 probably this bout will function as the co-main event of the pay-per-view.
Shevchenko (16-3) is 5-2 in the UFC and won the vacant flyweight title with a five-round unanimous decision win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her final outing. She is 2-0 as a flyweight at the UFC, and her just two losses at the Octagon came from dual champ Amanda Nunes. Eye (14-6, 1 NC) is currently 4-5, 1 NC overall from the UFC and is 3-0 since moving down to the flyweight division. However, her wins at 125lbs were all very close choices, also Shevchenko is a huge step up in competition from who Eye has been fighting.
Start looking for the champ Shevchenko to open as a monster favourite here as she looks to receive her first name defense under her belt and begin to construct her legacy in the game.
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 might be called up to fight for the title.
Chookagian (11-2) is 4-2 overall in the UFC and most recently dropped a split decision to Eye in 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 going up to flyweight.
Moving up in weight appears like it had been the best decision of Calderwood’s career as she looks rejuvenated in her new weight class. Chookagian is a good fighter, but she lacks the finishing capability that Calderwood has. The gambling line should be fairly close, but I would favor Calderwood here.
Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff, UFC 238
Leading women’s strawweight contenders Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff will square off at UFC 238 using a potential title shot at stake.
Suarez (7-0) won The Ultimate Fighter 23 and is a perfect 4-0 at 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 currently 4-2 in the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win series with 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 success of UFC 237’s Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade. Though I adore what Ansaroff was doing lately, you just need to go for the upside and accept Suarez inside this fight. Like she always seems to be, I expect Suarez to be a big favorite to win this fight.
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