The UFC has announced numerous new bouts over the past couple of weeks for its upcoming pay-per-view cards that summer. Below are my thoughts on these new matchups.
Talita Bernardo vs. Melissa Gatto, UFC 237
Because of 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 currently 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 very good from the UFC and considering Gatto is just 22-years-old she’s definitely someone to keep your eye when the chances for this fight 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 set 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 particular fight.
Kowalkiewicz (12-4) is only 5-4 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back losses to Jessica Andrade and Michelle Waterson. She is making a fast return to the Octagon since the fight against Waterson took place only a few weeks before, and she is probably in a must-win position in this struggle against Grasso in UFC 238. Grasso (10-2) is 2-2 in the UFC but has not fought since last May when she had been filed by Tatiana Suarez. The two Kowalkiewicz and Grasso have been solid-yet-flawed fighters, but based on her experience I’d guess Kowalkiewicz are a slight favorite in the 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 in 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 also a future Hall of Famer. He proceeded to welterweight this past year and has since gone 1-2 with a weight loss loss to Matt Brown followed closely by back-to-back wins Craig White and Mickey Gall, who he just finished in devastating fashion. Chiesa (15-4) is 8-4 in 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 given that Sanchez is 37 and has obtained a ton of harm during his career, you need to lean towards Chiesa here.
Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Jack Marshman, UFC 239
Middleweight prospect Edmen Shahbazyan returns at UFC 239 when he takes on Jack Marshman.
Shahbazyan (9-0) is just 21-years-old and is currently 2-0 at the UFC with a knockout win over Charles Byrd and also a split decision win over Darren Stewart. He’s one of the top young prospects at 185lbs and all but one of his career successes has come by knockout. Marshman (23-8) is 3-3 at the UFC and is coming off of a controversial split decision win over John Phillips. Though Marshman is a solid gateekeeper at 185lbs, Shahbazyan is the future of the branch, and he will undoubtedly be a massive favorite heading into this particular bout.
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