The UFC has formally announced its forthcoming event in The Windy City. UFC 238 occurs June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and the first few bouts for the card have been shown, including the women’s flyweight title fight. My thoughts on the new bouts — all women’s fights — are under.
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye, UFC 238 UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will create her first title defense when she chooses 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 last outing. She is 2-0 as a flyweight in the UFC, and her only two losses at the Octagon came against double champ Amanda Nunes. Eye (14-6, 1 NC) is 4-5, 1 NC total in the UFC and is 3-0 since moving down to the flyweight division. But, her wins at 125lbs were very close choices, and Shevchenko is a huge step up in contest from who Eye was fighting.
Start looking for the champ Shevchenko to start as a monster favourite here as she seems to receive her first title defense under her belt and start to construct her legacy in the sport.
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 someone 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 off of back-to-back wins over Ariane Lipski and Kalindra Faria since moving up to flyweight.
Moving up in weight appears like it had been the best choice of Calderwood’s career as she looks rejuvenated at 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 prefer Calderwood here.
Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff, UFC 238
Leading women’s strawweight contenders Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff will square off UFC 238 with a potential title shot on the line.
Suarez (7-0) won The Ultimate Fighter 23 and is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC including a gigantic TKO win over Carla Esparza in her final outing that announced herself as a legitimate title contender at 115lbs. Ansaroff (10-5) is currently 4-2 in the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win series with a breakthrough decision win over Claudia Gadelha in her final fight.
This is a tremendous matchup between two of the hottest strawweights around Earth, and the winner should be next in line to resist the success of UFC 237’s Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade. Though I love what Ansaroff was performing recently, you simply need to go with the upside and take Suarez in this fight. Like she always appears to be, I anticipate Suarez to be a large favorite to win this battle.
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