The UFC has announced numerous new bouts throughout the past couple of weeks because of its forthcoming pay-per-view cards this summer. Below are my thoughts on those new matchups.
Talita Bernardo vs. Melissa Gatto, UFC 237
Due to 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 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bernardo (6-3) is currently 1-2 in 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 has not looked great in the UFC and considering Gatto is just 22-years-old she’s definitely someone to keep your eye on when the odds for this fight come out. If she is 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 set for UFC 238, which takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The card features five women’s bouts in complete, 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’s making a quick return to the Octagon as the fight against Waterson happened only a few weeks ago, and she is likely in a must-win situation in this fight against Grasso at UFC 238. Grasso (10-2) is 2-2 in the UFC but hasn’t fought since last May when she had been filed by Tatiana Suarez. Both Kowalkiewicz and Grasso are solid-yet-flawed fighters, but based on her expertise I would guess Kowalkiewicz are a slight favorite at 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 at 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 on the UFC roster and a future Hall of Famer. He moved up to welterweight this past year and has since gone 1-2 with a weight loss loss to Matt Brown followed by back-to-back wins Craig White and Mickey Gall, who he just 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 whole lot 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 only 21-years-old and is currently 2-0 at the UFC with a knockout win over Charles Byrd plus a split decision win over Darren Stewart. He is one of the best young prospects in 185lbs and all but one of his career victories has come by knockout. Marshman (23-8) is 3-3 at the UFC and is coming from a controversial split decision win over John Phillips. Though Marshman is a solid gateekeeper in 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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