The UFC has announced a number of new bouts over the past couple of weeks for its upcoming pay-per-view cards this summer. Below are my thoughts on those new matchups.
Talita Bernardo vs. Melissa Gatto, UFC 237
Because of an injury to Jessica Rose Clark, Talita Bernardo will meet UFC newcomer Melissa Gatto at 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 off of a decision win over Sarah Moras. Gatto (6-0-2) is undefeated in her MMA career fighting the Brazilian regional arena. Bernardo hasn’t looked very good from the UFC and considering Gatto is just 22-years-old she is definitely someone to keep your eye when the chances for this battle come out. If she’s 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 place for UFC 238, which takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The card features five women’s bouts in total, including this 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’s making a quick return to the Octagon as the fight against Waterson happened 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 at the UFC but has not fought since last May when she had been filed by Tatiana Suarez. The two Kowalkiewicz and Grasso are solid-yet-flawed fighters, but depending on her expertise I’d guess Kowalkiewicz would be 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, occurring 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 moved up to welterweight this past year and has since gone 1-2 using a knockout loss to Matt Brown followed closely by back-to-back wins Craig White and Mickey Gall, who he only finished in catastrophic fashion. Chiesa (15-4) is 8-4 in the UFC and filed Carlos Condit in his welterweight debut in his last bout. Both Sanchez and Chiesa looked amazing in their past struggles, but given that Sanchez is 37 and has obtained a ton of harm throughout his career, you need to lean towards Chiesa here.
Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Jack Marshman, UFC 239
Middleweight prospect Edmen Shahbazyan yields at UFC 239 if he takes on Jack Marshman.
Shahbazyan (9-0) is just 21-years-old and is already 2-0 at the UFC with a knockout win over Charles Byrd plus also a split decision win over Darren Stewart. He’s one of the best young prospects at 185lbs and all but one of his career victories has come by knockout. Marshman (23-8) is 3-3 in the UFC and is coming from a controversial split decision win over John Phillips. Although Marshman is a solid gateekeeper in 185lbs, Shahbazyan is the future of this division, and he will undoubtedly be a huge favorite heading into this particular bout.
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