The UFC has formally announced its upcoming event in The Windy City. UFC 238 takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, along with the first three bouts for the card have been shown, such as the women’s flyweight title battle. My thoughts about the brand new spells — all of women’s struggles — are below.
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye, UFC 238 UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will make her first title defense when she chooses on Jessica Eye in UFC 238. Though not official, it’s likely this bout will serve as the co-main event of the pay-per-view.
Shevchenko (16-3) is 5-2 at the UFC and won the vacant flyweight title with a five-round unanimous decision win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her last outing. She’s 2-0 as a flyweight at the UFC, and her just two losses at the Octagon came from double champ Amanda Nunes. Eye (14-6, 1 NC) is currently 4-5, 1 NC total from the UFC and is 3-0 since moving down to the flyweight division. But, her wins at 125lbs were very close decisions, also Shevchenko is a massive step up in contest from who Eye was battling.
Look for the champ Shevchenko to open as a monster favourite here as she seems to get her first title defense under her belt and begin to build her legacy in the game.
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood, UFC 238
Flyweight contenders Katlyn Chookagian and Joanne Calderwood are also set to match UFC 238. If there’s an injury to somebody in the most important event, it’s possible either of those fighters could be called up to fight for the name.
Chookagian (11-2) is 4-2 overall from the UFC and most recently dropped a split decision to Eye in UFC 231. Calderwood (13-3) is 5-2 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Ariane Lipski and Kalindra Faria since going upward to flyweight.
Enrolling in weight appears like it was the best choice of Calderwood’s career as she looks rejuvenated at her fresh weight class. Chookagian is a decent fighter, but she lacks the finishing capability that Calderwood has. The gambling line ought to be rather close, but I would favor Calderwood here.
Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff, UFC 238
Leading women’s strawweight contenders Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff will square off UFC 238 using a potential title shot on the line.
Suarez (7-0) won The Ultimate Fighter 23 and can be a perfect 4-0 in the UFC such as a massive TKO win over Carla Esparza in her final outing that announced herself as a legitimate title contender at 115lbs. Ansaroff (10-5) is currently 4-2 at the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win streak with a breakthrough decision win over Claudia Gadelha in her final struggle.
This is a tremendous matchup between two of the hottest strawweights on the planet, and the winner should be next in line to resist the success of UFC 237’s Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade. Although I adore what Ansaroff was doing lately, you just have to go with the upside and accept Suarez in this fight. Like she always appears like, I anticipate Suarez to be a large favorite to win this battle.
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