NEW UFC PPV BOUTS INCLUDE DIEGO SANCHEZ VS. MICHAEL CHIESA
The UFC has announced a number of new bouts throughout the past couple of weeks for its forthcoming pay-per-view cards this 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 in 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 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 scene. Bernardo has not looked very good from the UFC and considering Gatto is just 22-years-old she’s definitely someone to keep your eye when the odds for this fight come out. If she is the underdog she is worth a punt.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Alexa Grasso, UFC 238
A women’s strawweight bout between Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Alexa Grasso is place for UFC 238, which takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The card comprises five women’s bouts in total, including this 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 quick return to the Octagon as the fight against Waterson happened just a couple of weeks ago, and she is likely in a must-win position in this struggle against Grasso at UFC 238. Grasso (10-2) is 2-2 in the UFC but has not fought since last May when she had been filed by Tatiana Suarez. The two Kowalkiewicz and Grasso have been solid-yet-flawed fighters, but depending on her expertise I’d guess Kowalkiewicz would be 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, occurring July 6 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sanchez (29-11) is 18-11 all time inside the Octagon and is one of the 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 knockout loss to Matt Brown followed closely by back-to-back wins over Craig White and Mickey Gall, who he only finished in catastrophic fashion. Chiesa (15-4) is 8-4 in the UFC and submitted Carlos Condit in his welterweight debut in his last bout. Both Sanchez and Chiesa looked amazing in their last struggles, but provided that Sanchez is 37 and has obtained a ton of harm throughout his career, you need to lean towards Chiesa here.
Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Jack Marshman, UFC 239
Middleweight prospect Edmen Shahbazyan returns at UFC 239 when 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 a split decision win over Darren Stewart. He is among the top young prospects at 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 from a controversial split decision win over John Phillips. Although Marshman is a solid gateekeeper in 185lbs, Shahbazyan is the future of the branch, and he’ll undoubtedly be a huge favorite heading into the particular bout.
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