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UFC 238 takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and also the card lately had a number of fresh spells added to the card. Below are my initial thoughts on them.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz, UFC 238
Top bantamweight contenders Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz are set to meet UFC 238. The bout has been first reported by ESPN. Sterling (17-3) is 9-3 at the UFC and is currently riding a three-fight win series that comes with a decision win over Jimmie Rivera his out time. Munhoz (18-3, 1 NC) is 8-3, 1 NC and can also be riding a three-fight win streak that contains an unbelievable KO over Cody Garbrandt in his last bout. Although Sterling has looked amazing recently and is finally starting to live up to his potential, Munhoz’ triumph over Garbrandt showed that he is an elite bantamweight in the game, and he deserves to be the favorite in this struggle.
Jimmie Rivera vs. Petr Yan, UFC 238
As well, bantamweights Jimmie Rivera and Petr Yan will fight at UFC 238. Rivera (22-3) is an impressive 6-2 overall from the UFC but is coming from a decision loss to Aljamain Sterling. Yan (12-1) is 4-0 at the UFC and many recently defeated John Dodson by choice. Rivera has been a solid bantamweight for several years inside the Octagon but with a 1-2 record over his last three fights is beginning to show significant signs of a decrease, whereas Yan seems like he could be a future winner at 135lbs. I would anticipate Yan to be a sizeable favorite in this bout.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Calvin Kattar, UFC 238
An intriguing featherweight bout pits Ricardo Lamas against Calvin Kattar. The news of this 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 currently 3-1 in the UFC and many recently conquered Chris Fishgold by TKO. Lamas was a fantastic, underrated featherweight for many years within the Octagon, but Kattar has appeared amazing in every fight he’s had from the UFC save because of his decision loss to Renato Moicano. I would have to slightly favor Kattar to win this fight.
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 in the UFC, but she’s coming from last-minute conclusion losses to Michelle Waterson and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Yan (10-0, 1 NC) is 3-0 so far in the UFC but her greatest win is probably over Kailin Curran. Yan is a good prospect in 115lbs, but I’m not ready to write off Herrig just yet, and I would need to prefer her to win this fight.
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov, UFC 238
And heavyweights Tai Tuivasa and Blagoy Ivanov will clash at UFC 238. Tuivasa (8-1) is 3-1 at the UFC but is coming from a brutal TKO loss to Junior dos Santos. Ivanov (17-2, 1 NC) is 1-1 in the UFC with a choice loss to JDC and a decision win over Ben Rothwell. This looks like a coin flip, but according to Tuivasa’s youth advantage and KO power I’d slightly lean towards him to get the win.
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