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 thoughts on them.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz, UFC 238
Leading bantamweight contenders Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz are set to match UFC 238. The bout has been first reported by ESPN. Sterling (17-3) is 9-3 at the UFC and is now riding a three-fight win streak that comes with a decision 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 final bout. Although Sterling has looked great lately and is finally beginning to fulfill his potential, Munhoz’ win over Garbrandt showed that he’s an elite bantamweight in the sport, and he deserves to be the favorite in this fight.
Jimmie Rivera vs. Petr Yan, UFC 238
At the same time, 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 4-0 in the UFC and many recently conquered John Dodson by decision. Rivera continues to be a good bantamweight for many years inside the Octagon but using a 1-2 record over his last three fights is starting to show serious signs of a decline, whereas Yan seems like he might 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 initially 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 most recently defeated Chris Fishgold by TKO. Lamas was a fantastic, underrated featherweight for many years within the Octagon, but Kattar has looked amazing in every fight he has had in the UFC rescue for 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 much 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 that I would need to prefer her to win this fight.
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov, UFC 238
And finally, heavyweights Tai Tuivasa and Blagoy Ivanov will battle UFC 238. Tuivasa (8-1) is 3-1 at the UFC but is coming off of 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 according to Tuivasa’s childhood advantage and KO power I Had marginally lean towards him to get the win.
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