A trio of new women’s bouts have been announced for upcoming events. Here are the battles, together with my first thoughts on these.
Emily Whitmire vs. Amanda Ribas, UFC on ESPN 3
An intriguing women’s strawweight bout between Emily Whitmire and Amanda Ribas was scheduled for UFC on ESPN 3, taking place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Combate broke the news. Whitmire (4-2) is currently 2-1 at the UFC and lately needed just 61 minutes to submit Aleksandra Albu at a breakout performance that place a UFC women’s strawweight record for quickest submission win. Ribas (6-1) was recently cleared by USADA after sitting out two decades due to a tainted supplement and will seem to leap back into the win column for the first time since 2016. Given the long layoff for Ribas and the current success of Whitmire inside the Octagon, start looking for Whitmire for a strong gaming preferred heading into this particular bout.
Angela Hill vs. Yan Xiaonan, UFC 238
Because of an injury to Wu Yanan, Angela Hill has agreed to step on short notice if she chooses on Yan Xiaonan at UFC 238, that can be set for June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The news was broken by ESPN. Hill (9-6) recently picked up a decision win over Jodie Esquibel to snap a two-fight win streak and will fight less than six weeks afterwards here against Xiaonan. It has been a busy beginning to 2019 for Hill, who is fighting for the third time in four months if she make it into this fight. Total Hill is 4-6 at the Octagon in two different stints with the advertising. Xiaonan (10-1, 1 NC) is riding a nine-fight unbeaten series and is 3-0 complete from the UFC with three of her wins coming from choice. This ought to be a competitive fight but given the degree of competition she’s fought and how busy she’s been in 2019, expect Hill to be favored in this one.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Randa Markos, UFC 239
Two of the best female strawweights on the planet at set to meet UFC 239 as Claudia Gadelha meets Randa Markos. The card takes place July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gadelha (16-4) is surprisingly only 6-4 from the UFC and is coming off of a surprising decision reduction to Nina Ansaroff. After one of the most feared women’s strawweights on the UFC roster, Gadelha has struggled in the last few years and seems to be on the decline at age 30 as each of the wars she’s been in have caught around her. Markos (9-6, 1 NC) is 5-5-1 in the UFC and lately picked up her most remarkable win nonetheless, a first-round submission victory over Angela Hill. Markos has fought balancing problems within the Octagon and has yet to stand up a win streak of more than 1 struggle in a row, however, the victory over Hill might be a sign that she’s finally figured things out. Contemplating Gadelha always gets plenty of respect from bettors that I really do expect her to be favored here, but Markos is a live dog in this fight.
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