UFC 238 occurs June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and the card lately had a range of fresh spells added to the card. Below are my first thoughts on them.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz, UFC 238
Top bantamweight contenders Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz are set to meet at 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 includes a conclusion win over Jimmie Rivera his out time. Munhoz (18-3, 1 NC) is 8-3, 1 NC and is also riding a three-fight win series which includes an unbelievable KO over Cody Garbrandt in his last bout. Although Sterling has looked amazing lately and is finally starting to fulfill his potential, Munhoz’ triumph over Garbrandt showed that he is an elite bantamweight from the game, 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 fight at UFC 238. Rivera (22-3) is a remarkable 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 many years inside the Octagon but with a 1-2 record over his last three fights is starting to show significant signs of a decrease, whereas Yan looks like he might be a future champion at 135lbs. I would expect 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 the bout was initially reported by The Chicago Tribune. Lamas (19-7) is 10-5 overall at the UFC and is coming from a TKO win over Darren Elkins. Kattar (19-3) is 3-1 at the UFC and most recently defeated Chris Fishgold by TKO. Lamas has been a great, underrated featherweight for several years within the Octagon, but Kattar has looked amazing in every fight he has had in the UFC save because of his decision loss to Renato Moicano. I’d have 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 is coming from back-to-back decision losses to Michelle Waterson and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Yan (10-0, 1 NC) is 3-0 so far in the UFC but her greatest win is probably over Kailin Curran. Yan is a decent prospect in 115lbs, but I’m not prepared to write off Herrig just yet, and I would have to favor her to win this battle.
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov, UFC 238
And heavyweights Tai Tuivasa and Blagoy Ivanov will clash at UFC 238. Tuivasa (8-1) is currently 3-1 in the UFC but is coming off of a brutal TKO loss to Junior dos Santos. Ivanov (17-2, 1 NC) is 1-1 at the UFC with a decision loss to JDC and a decision win over Ben Rothwell. This looks like a coin flip, but according to Tuivasa’s childhood advantage and KO power I’d slightly lean towards him to get the win.
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