SMUGGLING DUDS UFC 238 GAMBLING GUIDE
Don’t you just love an action packed UFC card!? From top to bottom this is a card of epic proportions. Let us walk you through each fight with some of the best predictions on the web!
Main Card (ESPN)
Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes (Bantamweight)
Cejudo comes in to this bout on the back of a huge win against the now banned TJ Dillashaw. Confidence will be at an all-time high for the former Olympian and he has to put on another dominant performance here to secure a win against super tough Moraes. There is a little bit of animosity between the two which might affect the way they choose to fight (or throwdown!) but we think the belt changes hands in this one.
Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Jessica Eye (Women's Flyweight)
Jessica Eye looks much better at flyweight and has racked up a string of wins but the main factor is she has never faced someone as ferocious as Shevchenko. Eye is pretty tough so might last the full distance but she’s a huge underdog for a reason and ‘Bullet’ will be too much to handle.
Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone (Lightweight)
Now we are talking! On paper this is immense match making and we truly believe fans are in for a treat. Ferguson has had personal problems in recent months that now seem to be sorted but time will tell what mind set he comes into this fight with. You can never ever count Cerrone out, he loves to fight, and loves to win. A title bout is surely on the horizon if he wins here. Can Ferguson spoil the party? We think so.
Jimmie Rivera vs. Petr Yan (Bantamweight)
A potential barn burner right here. It is rare that you get two bantamweights that can bang but these two sure can. Rivera showed initial signs of championship potential but has struggled against higher level opponents. Yan to move up the ladder.
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov (Heavyweight)
Two extremely tough dudes will slug it out in this awesome heavyweight scrap. Tuivasa will be keen to erase his only UFC defeat against Bulgarian hard man Ivanov. These guys will be swinging so much the audience might have to duck! The bookies will probably favour Tuivasa, but we think ‘Baga’ moves up the rankings here.
Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff (Women's Strawweight)
Fair play to Ansaroff for taking this one, we expect the roster wasn’t rushing to sign up to face the undefeated Californian. An absolute wrecking machine it won’t be long until Suarez is fighting for the title. Ansaroff is no push over, but she’s in too deep against Suarez and will spend most of the bout on her back.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz (Bantamweight)
Munhoz has definitely found his groove in recent outings and proved a lot of doubters wrong by blowing Cody Garbrant out the water. If he can get passed his wrestling and beat veteran Sterling, it’ll be another big name to add to his record.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Alexa Grasso (Women's Strawweight)
A former title contender Kowalkiecwicz would have been a much bigger favourite against the younger Grasso but her form has dipped significantly and she might even struggle knowing being cut is only round the corner. She needs a win but she’ll have to work for it against Grasso.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Calvin Kattar (Featherweight)
Fireworks are probably going to fly in this one as well (so many potential tear ups on this card!) and it really might be a case of who lands on the chin first!
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Xiaonan Yan vs. Angela Hill (Women's Strawweight)
It’s a given this one will go the distance and its worth putting money one Hill – she has the ability but often under performs. Yan seems a pretty solid opponent and will look to build on her winning streak.
Bevon Lewis vs. Darren Stewart (Middleweight)
Following his appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series Bevon Lewis showed some decent potential but was put away Uriah Hall on the UFC’s final show of 2018. Is he ready for another opponent at elite level? Will he struggle against someone else who can bang? We believe so.
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood (Women's Flyweight)
Unless someone goes for broke and attempts a takedown this will be a kick boxing bout. Calderwood seems to still be in a much happier place and recent performances have shown she now believes in herself and her abilities. Chookagian is as tough as they come and might steal split decision. This one is definitely going to the judges.