The UFC has announced a number of new bouts throughout the last few weeks because of its forthcoming pay-per-view cards that 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 now meet UFC newcomer Melissa Gatto at a women’s bantamweight bout at UFC 237, taking place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bernardo (6-3) is 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 in the UFC and contemplating Gatto is only 22-years-old she’s definitely someone to keep your eye when the chances for this fight 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 particular fight.
Kowalkiewicz (12-4) is just 5-4 at the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back losses to Jessica Andrade and Michelle Waterson. She is making a fast return to the Octagon since the fight against Waterson happened just a couple of weeks before, and she is likely in a must-win position in this fight against Grasso at UFC 238. Grasso (10-2) is 2-2 at the UFC but hasn’t fought since last May when she had been submitted by Tatiana Suarez. The two Kowalkiewicz and Grasso are solid-yet-flawed fighters, but depending on her experience I would guess Kowalkiewicz are a small 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 the longest-tenured fighters on the UFC roster and also a future Hall of Famer. He moved up to welterweight last year and has since gone 1-2 using a knockout loss to Matt Brown followed 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 filed Carlos Condit in his welterweight debut in his last bout. Both Sanchez and Chiesa looked amazing in their last fights, but provided that Sanchez is 37 and has obtained a whole lot of damage throughout his career, you have 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 only 21-years-old and is already 2-0 in the UFC with a knockout win over Charles Byrd plus also a split decision win over Darren Stewart. He is one of the best young prospects in 185lbs and all but one of his career successes has come by knockout. Marshman (23-8) is 3-3 in the UFC and is coming off of a controversial split decision win over John Phillips. Although Marshman is a good gateekeeper at 185lbs, Shahbazyan is the future of this branch, and he will undoubtedly be a huge favorite heading into the particular bout.
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