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 upcoming pay-per-view cards that 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 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 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 scene. Bernardo has not looked very good in the UFC and contemplating Gatto is only 22-years-old she is definitely someone to keep your eye on when the chances for this fight come out. If she’s 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 place for UFC 238, which takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The card comprises five women’s bouts in complete, including this fight.
Kowalkiewicz (12-4) is just 5-4 in the UFC and is coming from back-to-back losses to Jessica Andrade and Michelle Waterson. She’s making a quick return to the Octagon since the fight against Waterson took place only a few weeks before, and she is likely in a must-win situation in this fight against Grasso at UFC 238. Grasso (10-2) is 2-2 at the UFC but hasn’t fought since last May when she was filed by Tatiana Suarez. The two Kowalkiewicz and Grasso have been solid-yet-flawed fighters, but based on her experience 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 around the UFC roster and a future Hall of Famer. He proceeded to welterweight last year and has since gone 1-2 using a knockout loss to Matt Brown followed closely by back-to-back wins over Craig White and Mickey Gall, who he only finished in devastating 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 last struggles, but provided that Sanchez is 37 and has taken a ton of damage during his career, you have 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 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. Although Marshman is a solid gateekeeper in 185lbs, Shahbazyan is the future of this division, and he’ll undoubtedly be a huge favorite heading into the bout.
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