The UFC returns to Brazil on Saturday May 11 for the UFC 237: Namajunas vs Andrade card. The prelims begin at 8:00pm ET and will be broadcasting live on ESPN. The main card can be found on PPV starting at 10:00pm ET and will feature a main event with the strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, as she takes on the #1 contender, Jessica Andrade.
Francisco Trinaldo (#15) vs Diego Ferreira (Lightweight)
Jordan: Francisco Trinaldo is a long time UFC fighter and has truly earned his place in the rankings. Wins over Evan Dunham, Paul Felder, Jim Miller, Yancy Medeiros and Ross Pearson show Trinaldo is a serious fighter at 155lbs. Ferreira himself has beaten some top guys, last time out picking up the win over highly touted Russian Rustam Khabilov. A win here puts him in the rankings of the most stacked division in the sport.
Francisco Trinaldo def. Diego Ferreira via unanimous decision.
Connor: Ferreria is a young upcoming fighter that is going to cause problems at lightweight. He will take on his toughest competition yet as he hopes to break into the rankings against fellow Brazilian, the 40 year old Trinaldo.
Diego Ferreira def. Francisco Trinaldovia TKO in round 2.
Thiago Alves vs Laureano Staropoli (Welterweight)
Jordan: One of the many old school fighters on this card, Thiago Alves, has been professional since 2001. A career spanning 18 years, you’ve got to think when will it all takes its toll? Not the fighter he used to be, Alves still managed to edge Max Griffin on the cards last time out. He’ll be confident of picking up back-to-back wins in this one. Staropoli may well be a problem for Alves. A big problem, standing 6’1 at 170lbs, he’ll have all the physical advantages. At just 26 years of age he also has age on his side. The old veteran vs the young contender. Always a fun match-up.
Laureano Staropoli def. Thiago Alves via TKO in round 2.
Connor: Alves won his last fight in Brazil in a close decision win with the hometown crowd cheering him along the whole way. I suspect the crowd will also be in his corner as well, a sort of home field advantage. Staropoli will look to take advantage of his noticeable size advantage, but Alves has much more experience in his professional career.
Thiago Alves def. Laureano Staropoli via TKO in round 3.
Jose Aldo (#1) vs Alexander Volkanovski (#4) (Featherweight)
Jordan: The featherweight GOAT has looked brilliant as of late. Back-to-back wins over two of the best at 145lbs has me excited for another Aldo run at the belt. The toughest of challengers stands in his way. Volkanovski has been unbeaten for six years and it’ll take the best Jose Aldo to get past the up and coming Australian.
Jose Aldo def. Alexander Volkanovski via TKO in round 2.
Connor: Aldo may be nearing the end of his career, but he has looked great in his most recent fights, and is showing no signs of a decline. Volkanovski will look to take out a living legend in the sport of MMA and the country of Brazil, and put his name at the very top of the contenders list and ruin Aldo’s ride off into the sunset.
Alexander Volkanovski def. Jose Aldo via TKO in round 2.
Jared Cannonier (#10) vs Anderson Silva (#14) (Middleweight)
Jordan: A drop to middleweight may be exactly what the doctor ordered for Jared Cannonier. He looked great in his debut taking out David Branch, Cannonier now gets the chance to add Anderson Silva to his resume. Silva at 44 years old is far past his best, but showed he had something left as he took Israel Adesanya the distance last time out. “The Spider” will need to roll back the years in this one to stop Cannonier going 2-0 at middleweight.
Jared Cannonier def. Anderson Silva via TKO in round 3.
Connor: Cannonier vs Silva should be the stand-up fight that fans love. Cannonier will look to continue to build momentum by taking out another legend in MMA and Brazil, fighting on this card. A win over Silva would put a win against a high profile name and fighter on Cannonier’s resume and only help boost his rise to title contention. Silva is maybe the greatest middleweight of all time, and I expect a strong showing coming off a loss.
Anderson Silva def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision.
Rose Namajunas (C) vs Jessica Andrade (#1) (Strawweight)
Jordan: “Thug” Rose Namajunas has been out way too long for my liking. Luckily at just 26 years of age, she’s got plenty of time to have some big fights, starting with this one. The 115-pound champion faces a mighty task as she heads to her opponents backyard to defend her belt, an admirable and brave decision. Especially when that opponent hits like a truck. Jessica Andrade sent the MMA world in meltdown and Karolina Kowalkowicz into outer space as she detonated the best one punch KO in WMMA history last time out. A truly great fight, worthy of headlining any PPV event.
Rose Namajunas def. Jessica Andrade via submission in round 2.
Connor: What a fight we have on our hands. Andrade has one punch KO power like no one else in the division. Namajunas beat the best fighter in UFC strawweight history… Twice. Namajunas has had the ground game for a while, but she is making great strides in her striking and looks like a legitimate threat on the feet. This fight could end in so many ways, Andrade could land that one shot that ends the fight, Namajunas has shown off her striking and ability to finish striking or submitting like she has so many times.
Rose Namajunas def. Jessica Andrade via submission in round 1.