A trio of new women’s bouts have been announced for upcoming events. Here are the fights, along with my first thoughts on them.
Emily Whitmire vs. Amanda Ribas, UFC on ESPN 3
A fascinating women’s strawweight bout between Emily Whitmire and Amanda Ribas has been scheduled for UFC on ESPN 3, occurring 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 document for fastest submission win. Ribas (6-1) was recently cleared by USADA after sitting out two years because of a tainted supplement and will look to leap back to the win column for the first time because 2016. Given the very long layoff for Ribas and the current success of Whitmire within the Octagon, start looking for Whitmire to be a strong gaming preferred heading into this particular bout.
Angela Hill vs. Yan Xiaonan, UFC 238
Due to an injury to Wu Yanan, Angela Hill has agreed to step on short notice when she takes on Yan Xiaonan in UFC 238, that is set for June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. ESPN broke the information. Hill (9-6) recently picked up a decision win over Jodie Esquibel to snap a two-fight win series and will fight less than six months later here against Xiaonan. It’s been a busy start to 2019 for Hill, who will be battling for the third time in four weeks if she make it to this particular fight. Overall Hill is 4-6 in 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 in the UFC with all three of her wins coming by decision. This ought to be a competitive fight but given the degree of competition she has fought and how busy she has been in 2019, anticipate Hill to be favored in this one.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Randa Markos, UFC 239
A couple of the best female strawweights in the world at place 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 just 6-4 in the UFC and is coming from a surprising decision loss to Nina Ansaroff. Once among the most stressed women’s strawweights on the UFC roster, Gadelha has struggled in recent years and seems to be on the decrease at age 30 as each of the wars she has been have caught up to her. Markos (9-6, 1 NC) is 5-5-1 from the UFC and lately picked up arguably her most impressive win nonetheless, a first-round submission success over Angela Hill. Markos has battled consistency issues within the Octagon and has yet to stand up a win series of more than one struggle in a row, but the victory over Hill may be a indication that she’s finally figured out things. Considering Gadelha consistently gets plenty of respect from bettors I do expect her to be favored here, but Markos is a live dog in this fight.
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