UFC 237

UFC 237: Namajunas vs. Andrade predictions

Can Rose overcome Andrade's grappling?

The UFC is in Rio de Janeiro and strawweight champion Rose Namajunas (8-3-0) has a difficult test for her second defence in Brazilian Jessica Andrade (19-6-0).

Namajunas hasn’t fought in over a year, but her opposition has been top notch, beating and defending the belt against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Meanwhile, Andrade has decisioned Tecia Torres and finished Karolina Kowalkiewicz in her last two bouts. Namajunas will be in there with a bigger opponent with power, good wrestling, and cardio.

Should be a good one.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (6:30PM ET/3:30 PM PT)

TALITA BERNARDO (6-3-0) VS. VIVIANE ARAUJO (6-1-0)

 

Andrews: Araujo has a 100 per cent finish rate but is making her debut. I think Bernardo will have the advantage despite losing two of her last three bouts.

Andrews Prediction: Talita Bernardo via UD

CARLOS HUACHIN (10-3-1) VS. ROANI BARCELOS (13-1-0)

 

Andrews:  Similar situation here with Huachin sporting a 100 per cent finish rate but making his debut. Advantage Barcelos.

Andrews Prediction: Roani Barcelos via UD

WARLLEY ALVES (12-3-0) VS. SERGIO MORAES (14-4-1)

 

 

Andrews: Tough matchup. Both fighters have lots of octagon experience Alves is the younger tiger here and think he still has enough bite left to win.

Andrews Prediction: Warlley Alves via UD

LUANA CAROLINA (5-1-0) VS. PRISCILA CACHOEIRA (8-2-0)

 

Andrews: Luana is coming from the Dana White Contender Series while, Priscila has lost her first two UFC bouts but one of them was a short notice fight to champion Valentina.  Priscila should have the advantage.

Andrews Prediction: Priscila Cachoeira via UD

CLAY GUIDA (34-18-0) VS. B.J. PENN (16-13-2)

 

Andrews: B.J. hasn’t won since 2010. That says it all.

Andrews Prediction: Clay Guida via TKO

THIAGO MOISES (11-3-0) VS. KURT HOLOBAUGH (17-6-0)

Andrews: Holobaugh has the experience advantage, having fought better competition and his finish rate is good too.

Andrews Prediction: Kurt Holobaugh via TKO

ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUIERA (23-8-0) VS. RYAN SPANN (15-5-0)

Andrews: Nogueira is 42 and still has some pep but he is going up against a guy 15 years younger and three inches taller. Spann likes to go o the ground which might not be a good move against Lil Nog so if he can use his strikes, he should get the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Ryan Spann via UD

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)

#11 IRENE ALDANA (9-4-0) VS. #13 BETHE CORREIA (10-3-1)

 

Andrews: Aldana is the better striker but I don’t think she has enough volume and aggressiveness to hurt Bethe.When Bethe does connect, she will have power  and she does have a ground game though she doesn’t use it much.

Andrews Prediction: Bethe Correia via UD

THIAGO ALVES (23-13-0) VS. LAURENO STARPOLI (8-1-0)

Andrews: Alves still has Pitbull in him at 35 and though Starpoli is a young buck at 26, he get the shaky decision win.

Andrews Prediction: Thiago Alves via SD

#1 JOSE ALDO (28-4-0) VS. #4 ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI (12-1-0)

 

Andrews: Alexander wants to be great by challenging Aldo in Brazil, but Aldo still has enough smarts and skills to put him away.

Andrews Prediction: Jose Aldo via TKO

#14 ANDERSON SILVA (34-9-0, 1NC) VS. #10 JARED CANNONIER (11-4-0)

Andrews: Cannonier has too much respect for Anderson Silva. That can give Silva the opening he needs to win by points.

Andrews Prediction: Anderson Silva via UD

MAIN EVENT 

ROSE NAMAJUNAS (9-3-0) VS. #1 JESSICA ANDRADE (19-6-0)

Andrews: Tough bout. Jessica brings striking and wrestling. Can Rose deal with the wrestling? I’m not sure, but Rose can strike with the best of them. Ultimately, Rose will be prepared with a gamelan that keeps the fight standing and in her advantage.

Andrews Prediction: Rose Namajunas via UD

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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