VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VS. JESSICA EYE HEADLINES UFC 238
The UFC has officially announced its upcoming 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 been revealed, including the women’s flyweight title fight. My thoughts on the new bouts — all women’s struggles — are below.
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye 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 is 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 only two losses at the Octagon came from double champ Amanda Nunes. Eye (14-6, 1 NC) is currently 4-5, 1 NC overall in the UFC and is 3-0 considering moving down to the flyweight division. However, her three wins at 125lbs were very close choices, and Shevchenko is a huge step up in contest from who Eye has been battling.
Look for the champ Shevchenko to start as a monster favourite here as she seems to get her first title 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. When there’s an accident to somebody in the most important event, it’s possible either of these 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 from back-to-back wins over Ariane Lipski and Kalindra Faria since going up to flyweight.
Enrolling in weight appears like it had been the best choice of Calderwood’s livelihood as she looks rejuvenated at her fresh weight class. Chookagian is a decent fighter, but she lacks the finishing capability that Calderwood has. The betting line should be rather 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 possible 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 last 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 final fight.
This is a tremendous matchup between two of the hottest strawweights on the planet, and the winner must be next in line to resist the success of UFC 237’s Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade. Although 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 to be, I expect Suarez to be a big favorite to win this battle.
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