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 already been shown, including the women’s flyweight title battle. My thoughts about the new bouts — all of 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 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 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 only two losses in the Octagon came against double champ Amanda Nunes. Eye (14-6, 1 NC) is currently 4-5, 1 NC overall from the UFC and is 3-0 considering moving to the flyweight division. However, her wins at 125lbs were very close choices, and Shevchenko is a huge step up in competition from who Eye was fighting.
Look for the champ Shevchenko to open as a monster favorite here as she looks to get her first title 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 at UFC 238. When there’s an injury to somebody in the main event, it is possible either of these fighters might 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 in 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 had been the best decision of Calderwood’s career as she seems rejuvenated in her new weight class. Chookagian is a good fighter, but she lacks the finishing ability that Calderwood has. The gambling 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 UFC 238 with a possible title shot on the line.
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 last outing that announced 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 on Earth, and the winner must be next in line to fight the victory of UFC 237’s Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade. Though I adore what Ansaroff was performing recently, you simply need to go with the upside and take Suarez inside this fight. Like she always seems to be, I anticipate Suarez to be a big favorite to win this fight.
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