UFC 238 takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and the card lately had a range of new spells added to the card. Below are my first ideas on them.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz, UFC 238
Top bantamweight contenders Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz are set to meet at UFC 238. The bout has been first reported by ESPN. Sterling (17-3) is 9-3 in the UFC and is now riding a three-fight win series that includes a conclusion win over Jimmie Rivera his last time out. Munhoz (18-3, 1 NC) is 8-3, 1 NC and is also riding a three-fight win streak that includes an incredible KO over Cody Garbrandt in his last bout. Though Sterling has looked great recently and is finally starting to fulfill his potential, Munhoz’ triumph over Garbrandt showed that he is an elite bantamweight from the game, and he deserves to be the favorite in this fight.
Jimmie Rivera vs. Petr Yan, UFC 238
As well, bantamweights Jimmie Rivera and Petr Yan will struggle at UFC 238. Rivera (22-3) is an impressive 6-2 overall in the UFC but is coming from a decision loss to Aljamain Sterling. Yan (12-1) is currently 4-0 in the UFC and many recently conquered John Dodson by decision. Rivera continues to be a good bantamweight for many years within the Octagon but using a 1-2 record over his last few fights is beginning to show serious signs of a decline, whereas Yan looks like he could be a future champion at 135lbs. I would anticipate Yan to be a big favorite in this bout.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Calvin Kattar, UFC 238
An intriguing featherweight bout pits Ricardo Lamas contrary to Calvin Kattar. The news of the bout was first reported by The Chicago Tribune. Lamas (19-7) is 10-5 overall in the UFC and is coming off of a TKO win over Darren Elkins. Kattar (19-3) is 3-1 at the UFC and many recently defeated Chris Fishgold by TKO. Lamas has been a fantastic, underrated featherweight for several years inside the Octagon, but Kattar has appeared amazing in every fight he has had from the UFC rescue because of his decision loss to Renato Moicano. I would have to slightly favor Kattar to win this battle.
Felice Herrig vs. Xiaonan Yan, UFC 238
Women’s strawweights collide as Felice Herrig is set to shoot on Xiaonan Yan. Herrig (14-8) is a Chicago-area native who is 5-3 overall from the UFC, but she is coming off of back-to-back decision losses to Michelle Waterson and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Yan (10-0, 1 NC) is 3-0 so far in the UFC but her best win is likely over Kailin Curran. Yan is a decent prospect at 115lbs, but I’m not ready to write off Herrig only yet, and I would need to favor her to win this battle.
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov, UFC 238
And heavyweights Tai Tuivasa and Blagoy Ivanov will battle UFC 238. Tuivasa (8-1) is currently 3-1 at the UFC but is coming from a barbarous TKO loss to Junior dos Santos. Ivanov (17-2, 1 NC) is 1-1 in the UFC with a choice loss to JDC along with a decision win over Ben Rothwell. This resembles a coin flip, but based on Tuivasa’s youth advantage and KO power I Had slightly lean towards him to get the win.
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