The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns with some highly anticipated and fun bouts this weekend. One intriguing aspect of these contests is that the main event for a UFC PPV is a women’s MMA title fight.
Brawling for the World Strawweight Title, on a three-fight winning streak, ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas, the “Current Best Female Strawweight” defending her title, whose last loss was to Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 201 on the 30th of August, way back in 2016, she now has a 8-3-0 record. ‘Thug’ Rose hasn’t fought since April of 2018 when she defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the second consecutive time and defended the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship, but she will make her second attempt at defending that title in the main event against Jéssica “Bate Estaca” (aka: ‘Pile Driver’) Andrade also on a three fight-winning streak and listed “Second Current Best Female Strawweight” right after Rose, last decimating Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 228 via Punch at 1:58 in round 1, and she comes at this fight with a longer professional record of 19-6-0; TONIGHT (May 11, 2019), at the highly anticipated UFC 237 PPV event on ESPN+ from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The co-main consisted of a Middleweight fight, featuring MMA artists Jared “Killa Gorilla” Cannonier, with a 11-4-0 record, who last fought and won against David Branch at UFC 230 back on the third of Nov., 2018, he faced up against MMA legend, OG Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva, aka: the “#1 Greatest MMA Striker of All Time”, who headed into this battle with a 34-9-0, 1 NC record. We wondered if Silva could strike his way to victory despite being 44 years old in a young man’s sport, but he could not.
Don’t forget prior to this bout we had an exciting battle lined up between former champion, José Aldo, and surging contender Alexander Volkanovski! Not to mention an OG fight between Clay Guida and the controversial B.J. Penn.
On this episode of the show, Zane Simon & Eddie Mercado of The 6th Round podcast join Flyin’ Brian J to discuss the nights violence and nonsensical post-fight antics.
This post-fight show is aimed at recapping all of the action from this event with the live viewer serving as the co-host. We go over post-fight ratings, talk about technique, discuss WTF moments from the card, and give out pretend bonuses.
Here’s what’s in store tonight with UFC 237’s PPV main card, via Tapology.com:
UFC 237 MAIN EVENT | 10PM/7PM ET/PT
115 lbs Jéssica Andrade DEF. Rose Namajunas - KO/TKO-BODY SLAM, 2:58 R2 OF 5, 7:58 Total
185 lbs Jared Cannonier def. Anderson Silva - KO/TKO, KNEE INJURY VIA LEG KICK, 4:44 R2 Stoppage
245 lbs Alexander Volkanovski def. José Aldo, DEC-Unanimous, 3 Rds, 15:00 Total
170 lbs Laureano Staropoli def. Thiago Alves, DEC-Unanimous, 3 Rds, 15:00 Total
135 lbs Bethe Correia def. Irene Aldana, SUB-Belly-down Armbar, 3:24 R3 of 3, 13:24 Total
ESPN+ PRELIMS | 8PM/5PM ET/PT
205 - Ryan Spann def. Antônio Rogério Nogeira, KO/TKO, Left Uppercut, 2:07 R1 of 3
155 - Thiago Moisés def. Kurt Holobaugh, DEC-Unanimous, 3 Rds, 15:00 Total
170 - Warlley Alves def. Sérgio Moraes, KO/TKO, Uppercut, 4:13 R3 of 3, 14:13 Total
155 - Clay Guida def. BJ Penn, DEC-Unanimous, 3 Rds, 15:00 Total
EARLY ESPN+/FIGHT PASS PRELIMS | 5:15PM/2:15PM ET/PT
125 - Luana Carolina def. Priscila Cachoeira, DEC-Unanimous, 3 Rds, 15:00 Total
135 - Raoni Barcelos def. Carlos Huachin Quiroz, KO/TKO, Ground & Pound, 4:49 R2 of 3, 9:49 Total
135 - Viviane Araujo def. Talita Bernado, KO/TKO, Overhand Right 0:48 R3 of 3, 10:48 Total
Fight of the Night: Namajunas vs. Andrade ($50,000 each), and the belt to Andrade
Performance of the Night: Andrade, Warlley Alves ($50,000 each)
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