The UFC has formally declared its upcoming event in The Windy City. UFC 238 takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and the first three bouts for the card have already 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 is probably 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 in the UFC, and her only two losses at the Octagon came from double champ Amanda Nunes. Eye (14-6, 1 NC) is 4-5, 1 NC total in the UFC and is 3-0 considering moving to the flyweight division. However, her wins at 125lbs were all very close decisions, and Shevchenko is a massive step up in contest from who Eye was fighting.
Look for the champ Shevchenko to start as a monster favorite here as she looks to get her first name 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 meet at UFC 238. If there’s an accident to someone in the most important 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 most recently dropped a split decision to Eye in UFC 231. Calderwood (13-3) is 5-2 at the UFC and is coming off of 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 career as she looks rejuvenated in her fresh weight class. Chookagian is a good fighter, but she lacks the finishing capability that Calderwood has. The gambling line ought to be fairly close, but I’d favor 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 at stake.
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 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 series using a breakthrough decision win over Claudia Gadelha in her last fight.
This is a tremendous matchup between two of the trendiest 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 just have to go with the upside and accept Suarez inside this fight. Like she always appears to be, I expect Suarez to be a big favorite to win this battle.
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