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Rose Namajunas vs Jéssica Andrade
MMA numbers are good at not adding up. Strawweight champion Rose Namajunas has twice defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk, one of the pound-for-pound greatest mixed martial artists ever to compete, and Jedrzejczyk has a win over Namajunas’ upcoming opponent Jéssica Andrade. Despite that, the defending champion goes into her fight at UFC 237 as a +105 underdog, while Andrade is the -145 favourite.
If you were to look at Jéssica Andrade’s previous fight and her devastating knockout of Strawweight contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz, you might look at those odds and believe they’re still a bit generous to the champion. Despite her power, however, Andrade’s finish of Kowalkiewicz was her first knockout in six fights, and only her second finish in the same period.
Previous fighters, including Jedrzejczyk, have been able to use their reach to keep the shorter, power-punching Andrade at bay, and Rose Namajunas will know that this weekend’s fight will depend largely on her being able to do the same. If she can keep Andrade from getting inside she will have the advantage, but that is a big if over five rounds. The champion’s chin has never been tested with the power that Andrade has – there is no one like her in the division, after all – so the biggest question hanging over the fight is how Namajunas can recover if and when she does get hit.
This one will be a repeat of the whirlwind Andrade-Kowalkiewicz fight, or it will go all five rounds to a decision. If it’s the latter, which is more likely, Namajunas will have been the one to execute her gameplan more effectively, so should be the one to get the nod from the judges.
|Rose Namajunas||+105||vs||Jéssica Andrade||-145||Rose Namajunas|
Jared Cannonier vs Anderson Silva
At UFC 237 Jared Cannonier takes on former champion Anderson Silva, whose career might be on a downward trajectory but who still remains a dangerous fighter for anyone to face. He has gone 1-4 with one no contest since he lost the UFC Middleweight Championship to Chris Weidman in 2013. In his last two bouts, however, he showed that he still has some fight left in him, with a decision win over Derek Brunson and a dogged decision loss to undefeated contender Israel Adesanya.
Cannonier looked energized in his last fight against David Branch, however, and if he is as sharp again as he looked then, he will cause some real problems for Silva, who may no longer have the speed to avoid all the shots directed his way. The younger competitor goes into the fight as the -159 favourite, and with good reason. Barring the not-so-superfight against Conor McGregor that Anderson Silva is pushing for, we may not see too much more of the record-breaking former champ in the UFC after this weekend.
|Jared Cannonier||-159||vs||Anderson Silva||+113||Jared Cannonier|
José Aldo vs Alexander Volkanovski
Alexander Volkanovski is on an absolute tear at the moment, going 16 fights undefeated, including six in the UFC. His matchup against former Featherweight champion José Aldo is a potential title eliminator, with the winner odds-on for the next shot at current 145lb champ Max Holloway.
Volkanowski will head into the Octagon at UFC 237, however, to face a revitalized José Aldo. In his last two bouts we got to see the terrifying Aldo of old, the one who went on an 18-fight streak before his devastating loss to Conor McGregor in 2015. Aldo followed up a brutal body-shot TKO of Jeremy Stephens with another finish against Renato Moicano in February; a win over Volkanowski would position him to take revenge over Max Holloway and regain the Featherweight belt.
|José Aldo||-143||vs||Alexander Volkanowski||+102||Alexander Volkanowski|
Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs Ryan Spann
After one failed attempt to win a UFC contract through Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender series, Ryan ‘Superman’ Spann went 3-0 to earn himself another shot at a UFC contract, which he duly took. He has not looked back, winning his UFC debut against Luis Henrique to extend his current streak to five wins and earn himself a fight against Antônio Rogério Nogueira at UFC 237.
This fight is all about youth versus experience, as Ryan Spann will be determined to take his biggest scalp yet and continue his climb up the Light Heavyweight rankings. He will want to come out fast against Nogueira, who at 42 years old will struggle to keep a high tempo through three rounds but who is experienced enough to cause the younger fighter some difficulties if he over-extends. Nogueira showed in his last fight why he shouldn’t be taken for granted, with a TKO of the durable Sam Alvey, and that after a two-year layoff, so while Spann is the favourite going into the fight, it could go either way.
|Antônio Rogério Nogueira||+120||vs||Ryan Spann||-167||Ryan Spann|
BJ Penn vs Clay Guida
BJ Penn has not won a fight in over eight years. He’s on a six fight skid, and each time he steps into the Octagon it feels like it could (and maybe should) be for the last time. If he loses his fight with Clay Guida as part of this weekend’s prelims, he will hold the outright record for the longest-ever losing streak in the UFC, which he currently shares with Elvis Sinosic. It’s a huge fall from glory for the UFC Hall of Famer, and one that has caused the company’s president Dana White to encourage Penn to retire.
In Clay Guida, BJ Penn faces a tough adversary, one who is similarly experienced but who has fared better in the latter stages of his career, going 5-5 in his last ten fights, including an impressive win over Joe Lauzon in November 2017. Were this fight taking place 10 years ago – and it’s amazing that these two never fought in their prime – BJ Penn would be the huge favourite going in, but it’s not 2009, and he is instead the biggest underdog on the whole card at +357.
|BJ Penn||+357||vs||Clay Guida||-625||Clay Guida|
The Rest of the Card
In the pick of the other fights, veteran striker Thiago Alves will take on Laureano Staropoli, and the ever-dangerous Brazilian Francisco Trinaldo will look to string two wins together for the first time since 2016, as he takes on Diego Ferreria. Find all the odds and Sports.net’s UFC betting tips for each fight below.
|Thiago Alves||-114||vs||Laureano Staropoli||-122||Thiago Alves|
|Francisco Trinaldo||+120||vs||Diego Ferreira||-167||Diego Ferreria|
|Thiago Moises||-161||vs||Kurt Holobaugh||+115||Kurt Holobaugh|
|Irene Aldana||-278||vs||Bethe Correia||+187||Irene Aldana|
|Luana Carolina||-182||vs||Priscila Cachoeira||+130||Luana Carolina|
|Warlley Alves||-154||vs||Sergio Moraes||+110||Sergio Moraes|
|Raoni Barcelos||-625||vs||Carlos Huachin||+357||Raoni Barcelos|
|Talita Bernardo||-400||vs||Melissa Gato||+257||Talita Bernardo|