The UFC has formally declared 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 already been shown, including the women’s flyweight title fight. My thoughts about 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 chooses on Jessica Eye in UFC 238. Though not official, it’s probably this bout will serve as the co-main event 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 last outing. She is 2-0 as a flyweight in the UFC, and her just two losses in the Octagon came against dual champ Amanda Nunes. Eye (14-6, 1 NC) is currently 4-5, 1 NC total in the UFC and is 3-0 since moving down to the flyweight division. However, her wins at 125lbs were all very close decisions, and Shevchenko is a massive step up in competition from who Eye was battling.
Start looking for the champ Shevchenko to open as a monster favorite here as she seems to get her first name 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 most important event, it’s possible either of those fighters might be called up to fight for the name.
Chookagian (11-2) is 4-2 overall from the UFC and most recently dropped a split decision to Eye at 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 moving up to flyweight.
Moving up in weight appears like it was the best decision of Calderwood’s career as she looks rejuvenated at her new weight class. Chookagian is a decent fighter, but she lacks the finishing capability that Calderwood has. The gambling line should be rather close, but I’d prefer Calderwood here.
Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff, UFC 238
Top women’s strawweight contenders Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff will square off at UFC 238 with a possible title shot on the line.
Suarez (7-0) won The Ultimate Fighter 23 and can be a perfect 4-0 in the UFC such as a massive 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 at the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win series using a breakthrough decision win over Claudia Gadelha in her final fight.
This is a huge matchup between two of the trendiest strawweights on the planet, and the winner should be next in line to fight the victory of UFC 237’s Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade. Though I adore what Ansaroff was doing lately, you just need to go with the upside and accept Suarez inside this fight. Like she always seems to be, I anticipate Suarez to be a large favorite to win this fight.
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