UFC 238 takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and the card recently had a number of new spells added to the card. Below are my initial ideas on them.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz, UFC 238
Top bantamweight contenders Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz are set to meet UFC 238. The bout was 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 last time out. Munhoz (18-3, 1 NC) is 8-3, 1 NC and is also riding a three-fight win streak that contains an incredible KO over Cody Garbrandt in his final bout. Though Sterling has looked amazing lately and is finally beginning to fulfill his potential, Munhoz’ triumph over Garbrandt revealed that he is an elite bantamweight from the sport, and he deserves to be the favorite in this struggle.
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 an impressive 6-2 overall in the UFC but is coming off of a decision loss to Aljamain Sterling. Yan (12-1) is currently 4-0 in the UFC and most recently conquered John Dodson by choice. Rivera has been a good bantamweight for several years within the Octagon but with a 1-2 record over his last three fights is starting to show significant signs of a decrease, whereas Yan seems like he might be a future winner at 135lbs. I’d 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 first reported by The Chicago Tribune. Lamas (19-7) is 10-5 overall at the UFC and is coming off of a TKO win over Darren Elkins. Kattar (19-3) is 3-1 at the UFC and many recently conquered Chris Fishgold by TKO. Lamas has been a fantastic, underrated featherweight for several years within the Octagon, but Kattar has appeared amazing in every fight he’s had in the UFC save for his decision loss to Renato Moicano. I’d 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 take on Xiaonan Yan. Herrig (14-8) is a Chicago-area native who is 5-3 overall from the UFC, but she’s coming from last-minute conclusion losses to Michelle Waterson and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Yan (10-0, 1 NC) is 3-0 so much in the UFC but her greatest win is probably over Kailin Curran. Yan is a decent prospect in 115lbs, but I am not prepared to write off Herrig just yet, and that 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 at the UFC but is coming off of 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 looks like a coin flip, but according to Tuivasa’s youth advantage and KO power I Had slightly lean towards him to get the win.
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