The UFC is coming back to Rio de Janeiro in style. jessica Andrade, one of Brazil’s preferred battling little girls, is ready to gain by her second world title opportunity when she challenges Rose Namajunas for the strawweight title in UFC 237’s headliner. Beside Namajunas and long-term champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, there are not many ladies more dreaded than Andrade, an uncommon example with no-question knockout power at 115 pounds.
For Namajunas, she gets the opportunity to additionally legitimize her rule after twice crushing Jedrzejczyk. It has been a year since her last appearance, abandoning some uncertainty regarding whether she’ll be in prime structure to manage a danger like Andrade, however Namajunas has defeated the chances previously and she would love to quiet a thundering horde of Brazilians on Saturday. The co-headliner sees living legend Anderson Silva fighting off a best in class middleweight in Jared Cannonier, however now Silva’s actual foe is Father Time, who let us not overlook stays undefeated. Will an arrival to Rio strengthen “The Spider” and goad him to triumph? In other principle card activity, Alexander Volkanovski hopes to improve to 7-0 in the UFC when he takes on two-time featherweight champion Jose Aldo, 36-battle welterweight veteran Thiago Alves faces doubtful Argentinean Laureano Staropoli, and Irene Aldana takes on Bethe Correia in a 141-pound catchweight session.
What: UFC 237
Where: Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Whenever: Saturday, May 11. The three-battle early primer card starts at 6:30 p.m. ET and will air on UFC Fight Pass, trailed by a four-battle fundamental card on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. The five-battle pay-per-see principle card starts at 10 p.m. ET and is accessible for buy only through ESPN+.Rose Namajunas versus Jessica Andrade
Vanquishing Joanna Jedrzejczyk twice was no simple undertaking for Rose Namajunas, however even the incomparable Jedrzejczyk doesn’t have the ceasing intensity of Jessica Andrade. Hardly any contenders in the UFC do, strawweight or something else. Andrade’s epithet, “Bata Estaca,” couldn’t depict her all the more precisely. She is a flat out piledriver with her punches, however envision if that piledriver were additionally equipped for tying you up, dumping you on your head, and gagging the life out of you. She has confinements, as prove by her very own fizzled endeavor to overcome Jedrzejczyk, constraints that can be abused by the always advancing Namajunas. It’s questionable that Namajunas’ five-round choice win over Jedrzejczyk was significantly more noteworthy than the quick completion in their first experience. “Hooligan Rose” demonstrated balance, development, accuracy, and outpointed a rival who seemed to be fantastic while going all the way.
Namajunas has dependably been a decent competitor who utilizes her range well, which she’ll need to do to keep away from Andrade’s blitzing style. In the meantime, her solid catching will be precious when Andrade unavoidably shuts the separation. Secure work is vital to defusing Andrade’s hazardous offense.
The course to triumph for Andrade seems, by all accounts, to be to take Namajunas out right on time, yet she demonstrated in choice successes over Tecia Torres and Claudia Gadelha that she’s more than a put it all on the line brawler. In the event that she doesn’t debilitate herself endeavoring to overpower Namajunas early, the champ could end up attempting to endure a 25-minute war.
We are set up for what could be a standout amongst the most energizing battles in strawweight history, paying little respect to who wins. Namajunas playing the bullfighter for five rounds, Andrade always pushing ahead hoping to gut her prey. I’m confiding in Namajunas’ jawline to hold up and for her to win enough adjusts to effectively shield her title, leaving the famous bull’s blood desire unsatisfied on this day.
The pick: Namajunas
Anderson Silva versus Jared Cannonier
Jared Cannonier is actually the sort of talented, yet unspectacular rival that Anderson Silva used to make mincemeat out of in his prime. In any case, “The Spider” isn’t actually in his prime any longer, would he say he is?
That is the thing that makes Cannonier such a charming pick here. It feels like the 35-year-old is getting Silva, 44, at simply the correct time. He’s a strong striker with authentic KO control that is just increasingly articulated at 185 pounds. Despite the fact that Silva has dependably been difficult to hit, the previous boss has been reluctant to pull the trigger himself nowadays as age has crawled up on him. That cost him against Israel Adesanya and nearly cost him against Derek Brunson.
All things considered, Silva’s guarded aptitudes are as yet choice and there’s a reason most adversaries are as yet reluctant to draw in him in a straight-up striking fight. Indeed, even future two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier knew not to stand and hit with Silva, selecting rather to carefully ground Silva and voyage to a choice triumph.
Cannonier won’t have that alternative. He’ll need to exchange with Silva, a situation that numerous contenders most likely fantasize about and imagine themselves winning, just to find that the fact of the matter is far more distressing. Silva stays one of the game’s overwhelming strikers and I’m not persuaded that Cannonier has the standup vocabulary to put Silva down or outscore him.
Include the lift from the Brazilian group and might I venture to state that it’s Silva who really finds the completion here?
The pick: Silva
Jose Aldo versus Alexander Volkanovski
At the point when this matchup was reserved, it quickly inferred Jose Aldo’s two title battles with long-lasting contender Chad Mendes. It’s a valuable examination, given that Mendes and Volkanovski have comparable estimations just as comparative ranges of abilities.
Volkanovski probably won’t have Mendes’ wrestling family, yet he’s not reluctant to blend in takedowns or if nothing else the danger of a takedown to keep his adversaries wobbly. He’s likewise a substantially more fluctuated striker and actually demonstrated that he was the predominant variant of Mendes when he put the Alpha Male warrior away by TKO in the second round of their gathering last December. In the event that Aldo doesn’t regard Volkanovski’s standup, he could end up eating a turning kick ideal to the gut.
Furthermore, you know Volkanovski will regard Aldo’s striking. The two-time featherweight champion has been as destructive as ever in his last two excursions, rebuffing Renato Moicano and Jeremy Stephens for trusting that they could coordinate him on the feet. Aldo still has probably the best counter-striking in the business and furthermore supplements his feature reel assaults with destroying body work that can separate even the most heavy enemies.
On the off chance that the most noticeably terrible thing you can say about current day Aldo is that he can’t beat Max Holloway, that is very little of a prosecution, and I support him against practically any other individual at 145 pounds. Counting Volkanovski.
The pick: Aldo
Thiago Alves versus Laureano Staropoli
Laureano Staropoli presents a fascinating test for Thiago Alves. He’s tall and light on his feet, and more than willing to push the pace if Alves sits back in the early going. This would be a colossal triumph for the 26-year-old Staropoli on the off chance that he can add Alves’ name to his hit rundown.
Alves’ striking looked as sharp as ever in his last excursion against Max Griffin and however he attempted to stop Griffin’s takedowns, his trademark kickboxing conveyed him to a split choice success. He’ll charge far and away superior in this one with a rival will’s identity hoping to demonstrate that he’s not threatened by Alves. Staropoli’s length could give Alves a few issues, however the Brazilian is accustomed to being at an achieve hindrance and he’ll rebuff Staropoli at whatever point the separation is shut.
This ought to be an engaging three-rounder that closes with Alves winning a second in a row choice win.
The pick: Alves
Bethe Correia versus Irene Aldana
I like Irene Aldana here, regardless of whether her propensity to fight could prompt her defeat. Bethe Correia isn’t actually the hardest focus to hit, so if Aldana needs to let free with strikes she’s probably going to have extraordinary achievement. Correia will get the opportunity to display her durability here, for better or in negative ways.
Correia missing weight so grievously for what should be a bantamweight session could mean she has a quality favorable position, yet it could likewise imply that her molding will take a noteworthy hit and that is bad when confronting a high-volume striker like Aldana. A quick pace will deplete Correia quick, abandoning her with little to offer in the later adjusts as Aldana pulls away.