UFC 238 occurs June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and the card lately had a number of fresh spells added to the card. Below are my initial thoughts on them.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz, UFC 238
Leading bantamweight contenders Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz are set to match UFC 238. The bout was first reported by ESPN. Sterling (17-3) is 9-3 at the UFC and is now riding a three-fight win series that includes a conclusion win over Jimmie Rivera his last time out. Munhoz (18-3, 1 NC) is 8-3, 1 NC and is also riding a three-fight win series which contains an unbelievable KO over Cody Garbrandt in his last bout. Though Sterling has looked great recently and is finally beginning to live up to his potential, Munhoz’ triumph over Garbrandt revealed that he’s an elite bantamweight in the sport, 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 from the UFC but is coming off of a decision loss to Aljamain Sterling. Yan (12-1) is 4-0 in the UFC and many recently conquered John Dodson by choice. Rivera continues to be a solid bantamweight for many years inside the Octagon but using a 1-2 record over his last few fights is beginning to show serious signs of a decrease, whereas Yan looks like he might be a future winner at 135lbs. I’d expect Yan for a sizeable 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 in the UFC and is coming off of a TKO win over Darren Elkins. Kattar (19-3) is currently 3-1 in the UFC and many recently defeated Chris Fishgold by TKO. Lamas was a great, underrated featherweight for several years inside the Octagon, but Kattar has appeared amazing in every fight he has had in the UFC save for his decision loss to Renato Moicano. I’d have to slightly favor Kattar to win this battle.
Felice Herrig vs. Xiaonan Yan, UFC 238
Women’s strawweights collide as Felice Herrig is set to shoot on Xiaonan Yan. Herrig (14-8) is a Chicago-area native who is 5-3 overall in the UFC, but she’s 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 best win is probably over Kailin Curran. Yan is a decent prospect in 115lbs, but I am not ready to write off Herrig just yet, and that I would have to prefer her to win this fight.
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov, UFC 238
And finally, heavyweights Tai Tuivasa and Blagoy Ivanov will battle UFC 238. Tuivasa (8-1) is currently 3-1 at 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 choice loss to JDC along with a decision win over Ben Rothwell. This looks like a coin flip, but according to Tuivasa’s youth advantage and KO power I’d slightly lean towards him to get the win.
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