The UFC has announced a number of new bouts over the past couple of weeks for its upcoming pay-per-view cards this summer. Below are my thoughts on these new matchups.
Talita Bernardo vs. Melissa Gatto, UFC 237
Due to an injury to Jessica Rose Clark, Talita Bernardo will now meet UFC newcomer Melissa Gatto in a women’s bantamweight bout at UFC 237, occurring May 11 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bernardo (6-3) is 1-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Sarah Moras. Gatto (6-0-2) is undefeated in her MMA career fighting on the Brazilian regional arena. Bernardo has not looked great from the UFC and contemplating Gatto is only 22-years-old she’s definitely someone to keep your eye on when the chances for this battle come out. If she is the underdog she could be worth a punt.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Alexa Grasso, UFC 238
A women’s strawweight bout between Karolina Kowalkiewicz and also Alexa Grasso is place for UFC 238, which takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The card comprises five women’s bouts in complete, including this fight.
Kowalkiewicz (12-4) is just 5-4 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back losses to Jessica Andrade and Michelle Waterson. She’s making a fast return to the Octagon as the fight against Waterson took place only a few weeks before, and she is likely in a must-win position in this fight against Grasso at UFC 238. Grasso (10-2) is 2-2 at the UFC but has not fought since last May when she had been submitted by Tatiana Suarez. The two Kowalkiewicz and Grasso have been solid-yet-flawed fighters, but based on her expertise I’d guess Kowalkiewicz would be a slight favorite at open.
Diego Sanchez vs. Michael Chiesa, UFC 239
Welterweights Diego Sanchez and Michael Chiesa are scheduled to fight at UFC 239, taking place July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sanchez (29-11) is 18-11 all time inside the Octagon and is among those longest-tenured fighters around the UFC roster and a future Hall of Famer. He proceeded to welterweight last year and has since gone 1-2 with a weight loss loss to Matt Brown followed by back-to-back wins Craig White and Mickey Gall, who he only finished in catastrophic fashion. Chiesa (15-4) is 8-4 at the UFC and submitted Carlos Condit in his welterweight debut in his last bout. Both Sanchez and Chiesa looked amazing in their last struggles, but provided that Sanchez is 37 and has obtained a whole lot of harm during his career, you have to lean towards Chiesa here.
Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Jack Marshman, UFC 239
Middleweight prospect Edmen Shahbazyan returns at UFC 239 if he takes on Jack Marshman.
Shahbazyan (9-0) is only 21-years-old and is currently 2-0 at the UFC with a knockout win over Charles Byrd and a split decision win over Darren Stewart. He’s among the best young prospects in 185lbs and all but one of his career successes has come by knockout. Marshman (23-8) is 3-3 in the UFC and is coming from a controversial split decision win over John Phillips. Though Marshman is a solid gateekeeper at 185lbs, Shahbazyan is the future of this division, and he will definitely be a massive favorite heading into the particular bout.
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