For the first time in UFC history, the ladies’s strawweight department headings a pay-per-view. Champ Rose Namajunas takes center stage when she heads into aggressive territory to fight Brazilian marauder Jessica Andrade at UFC 237.
This is the very first time Namajunas is stepping into the cage considering that her second consecutive triumph over previous strawweight queen Joanna Jędrzejczyk over a year ago in Brooklyn. Her challenger, Andrade, gets on a three-fight winning touch after most recently thumping Karolina Kowalkiewicz in September. The group in Rio De Janeiro’s Jeunesse Sector will no question be howling their trademarked “Uh Vai Morrer” chant, a threatening phrase that translates right into “You’re Gon na Pass away.”
The fight card likewise contains a set of Brazilian legends. Former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva takes on Jared Cannonier in the co-main event, while former longtime lightweight champ José Aldo contest versus Alexander Volkanovski. Silva is out to rebound after going down a three-round competition to present interim champ Israel Adesanya in Australia. Aldo seeks a 3rd straight victory after losing back-to-back fights to featherweight champ Max Holloway. Aldo has a hard task available in Volkanovski, who is unbeaten in six UFC battles as well as sports a 19-1 total document. Volkanovski made a massive declaration in his last battle at UFC 232 when he knocked senseless the now-retired previous perennial competitor Chad Mendes in the 2nd round of their “Battle of the Evening” initiative.
The prelims are additionally loaded with tales. “Little Nog” Antonio Rogerio Nogueira tackles Ryan Spann in a light heavyweight event. Meanwhile, B.J. Penn steps into the cage against Clay Guida. Of these 4 competitors, Spann, at age 27, is the only one on the appropriate side of thirty. The following youngest is Guida, at age 37. Penn is 40 years old, and also Nogueira is 42. Both Spann and Nogueira are coming off success, whereas both of Penn as well as Guida faltered in their last appearances. Penn hasn’t had a triumph in the UFC because he beat Matt Hughes in 2010. Fans have been asking for the Hawaiian tale to call it gives up for some time currently, however Penn still has the desire to combat.
The early prelims start on UFC Battle Pass at 5:15 p.m. ET. The televised prelims adhere to on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. From there, it’s on to pay-per-view, readily available exclusively through ESPN+, at 10 p.m. ET.
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Rose Namajunas vs. Jéssica Andrade – for women’s strawweight title
Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva
Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski
Thiago Alves vs. Laureano Staropoli
ESPN Preliminary Card
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Spann
Thiago Moises vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Irene Aldana vs. Bethe Correia
B.J. Penn vs. Clay Guida
ESPN+ Preliminary Card
Luana Carolina vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Warlley Alves vs. Sergio Moraes
Raoni Barcelos vs. Carlos Quiroz
Talita Bernardo vs. Viviane Araujo