UFC 238 takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and also the card lately had a number of fresh bouts added to the card. Below are my first thoughts on them.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz, UFC 238
Top bantamweight contenders Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz are set to meet at UFC 238. The bout has been first reported by ESPN. Sterling (17-3) is 9-3 in the UFC and is now 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 is also riding a three-fight win series which includes an incredible KO over Cody Garbrandt in his final bout. Though Sterling has looked great recently and is finally beginning to live up to his potential, Munhoz’ win over Garbrandt showed that he is an elite bantamweight in the game, 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 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 conquered John Dodson by choice. Rivera has been a solid bantamweight for several years inside the Octagon but using 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’d anticipate Yan to be a sizeable 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 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 3-1 in the UFC and most recently defeated Chris Fishgold by TKO. Lamas has been a great, underrated featherweight for many years inside the Octagon, but Kattar has appeared amazing in every fight he has had from the UFC save for his decision loss to Renato Moicano. I would need 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 from 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 greatest win is likely over Kailin Curran. Yan is a decent prospect at 115lbs, but I am not ready to write off Herrig only yet, and I would need to favor her to win this battle.
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov, UFC 238
And heavyweights Tai Tuivasa and Blagoy Ivanov will battle UFC 238. Tuivasa (8-1) is 3-1 in 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 decision loss to JDC and a decision win over Ben Rothwell. This looks like a coin flip, but based on Tuivasa’s childhood advantage and KO power I Had slightly lean towards him to get the win.
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