UFC 238 takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and also the card recently had a range of fresh bouts added to the card. Below are my initial 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 in the UFC and is currently riding a three-fight win series that comes with a conclusion 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 series which contains an unbelievable KO over Cody Garbrandt in his last bout. Though Sterling has looked great lately and is finally starting to live up to his potential, Munhoz’ win over Garbrandt revealed that he is an elite bantamweight from 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 a remarkable 6-2 overall in the UFC but is coming off of a decision loss to Aljamain Sterling. Yan (12-1) is 4-0 at the UFC and most recently conquered John Dodson by choice. Rivera continues to be a good bantamweight for many years inside the Octagon but using a 1-2 record over his last few fights is beginning to show serious signs of a decline, whereas Yan looks like he might be a future champion at 135lbs. I would anticipate Yan for a big 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 initially reported by The Chicago Tribune. Lamas (19-7) is 10-5 overall at the UFC and is coming from a TKO win over Darren Elkins. Kattar (19-3) is 3-1 at the UFC and most recently defeated Chris Fishgold by TKO. Lamas was a fantastic, underrated featherweight for many years inside the Octagon, but Kattar has looked amazing in every fight he has had from the UFC rescue because of his decision loss to Renato Moicano. I’d 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’s 5-3 overall in the UFC, but she’s coming from back-to-back decision losses to Michelle Waterson and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Yan (10-0, 1 NC) is 3-0 so far in the UFC but her best win is probably over Kailin Curran. Yan is a decent prospect at 115lbs, but I am not ready to write off Herrig just yet, and I would need to prefer her to win this battle.
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov, UFC 238
And finally, heavyweights Tai Tuivasa and Blagoy Ivanov will battle UFC 238. Tuivasa (8-1) is currently 3-1 in the UFC but is coming from a barbarous TKO loss to Junior dos Santos. Ivanov (17-2, 1 NC) is 1-1 at 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 benefit and KO power I Had marginally lean towards him to get the win.
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