A women’s flyweight bout between Luana Carolina and Priscila Cachoeira is set for UFC 237, occurring May 11 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cachoeira is filling in on short notice for its wounded Yanan Wu. Combate broke the news. Carolina (5-1) is riding a five-fight win streak since losing her MMA debut, including a victory on the Brazilian Contender Series last summer. Cachoeira (8-2) has lost both of her UFC bouts to Valentina Shevchenko and Molly McCann. Now, bettors will probably be looking to fade Cachoeira due to all the harm she has been shooting in her struggles, and I’d expect Carolina to be the preferred here despite having no expertise inside the Octagon.
Eddie Wineland vs. Grigory Popov, UFC 238
An intriguing bantamweight bout between Eddie Wineland and Grigory Popov was added to UFC 238, taking place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Fight Nation broke the news. Wineland (23-13-1) is 5-7 total in the UFC and is coming from sequential decision declines to Alejandro Perez and John Dodson. He typically only fights once a year today, and hasn’t won a fight since a TKO win over Takeya Mizugaki at 2016. Popov (13-1) is riding a nine-fight win series on the Asian regional arena into his UFC debut, although he hasn’t fought anyone of note. Something interesting to keep in mind is that we’ve won two fights via the rarely-seen gogoplata entry. However, I anticipate most bettors to look to evaporate Wineland here, and Popov will most likely be favored despite his lack of UFC experience.
Markus Perez vs. Deron Winn, UFC Fight Night 154
A fascinating middleweight bout between Markus Perez and Deron Winn is place for UFC Fight Night 154, taking place June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Combate broke the news. Perez (11-2) is currently 2-2 in the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Anthony Hernandez. Winn (5-0) is coming off of a determination win over Tom Lawlor in Golden Boy MMA 1 and has been considered a top prospect at 205lbs, though he will be dropping down in weight for this fight. Though Perez has looked really good in his successes, he is a bit too inconsistent for my liking and as a top prospect I expect Winn are the favored.
Molly McCann vs. Ariane Lipski, UFC Fight Night 154
Also added to UFC Fight Night 154 is a women’s flyweight bout between Molly McCann and Ariane Lipski. ESPN had the news. McCann (8-2) is currently 1-1 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over the above Cachoeira. Lipski (11-4) was a champion in KSW and had a lengthy win streak before arriving in the UFC, but it had been snapped by a decision loss to Joanne Calderwood. The Calderwood fight proved to be a challenging style matchup for Lipski, yet this struggle against McCann needs to be in her wheelhouse, and I expect her to receive her hands raised.
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