The UFC is going back to Brazil this Saturday for the UFC 237 PPV. Rose Namajunas will be defending her strawweight title on enemy soil against Jessica Andrade, while other big name fighters such as Jose Aldo, Alexander Volkanovski and Anderson Silva will also feature on the card.
I only have two picks for the UFC 237 card and I have used the best odds from any of our top rated betting sites for those plays below.
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Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade
Rose is set to return and defend her strawweight title a little over a year since her rematch victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She looked great in both JJ fights and also completely outclassed Michelle Waterson in her other fight in 2017. It’s clear that Rose has become an elite fighter and it will take a special performance to dethrone her.
Andrade is the most dangerous fighter in the strawweight division and her three fight winning streak since losing in her last title shot to Jedrzejczyk shows that she has come a long way. That said, I think Rose has some of the similar skills that Joanna was able to use so effectively against Andrade in their fight.
Joanna was able to stick and move while picking Andrade apart on the feet. Rose has similar range and she showed in her Joanna fights that her striking has truly become elite, with those fights mostly being contested on the feet with Rose getting the better of the exchanges. Add in the wild jiu jitsu techniques that Rose can pull out in scramble situations and I’m not ready to call her the underdog in this fight.
Andrade poses a different problem for Rose, but Joanna put out the blue print, and Rose just needs to follow it and execute in order to retain her title.
Play: Namajunas 2.10 @ SportsInteraction.com
Jose Aldo vs Alex Volkanovski
Aldo has continued to be overlooked since his consecutive losses to Max Holloway, but he’s come out and knocked out both Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano in those two fights. I think it’s pretty clear that Aldo is not washed up, but that Max is just that good and a bad style match-up for Jose. I’m still shocked that Aldo was the underdog in both the Stephens and Moicano fights.
Volkanovski is a tough out for anyone, but Aldo is a big step up for Alex. Volkanovski looked great against Chad Mendes, but let’s not forget that it was only Mendes’ second fight back from his lengthy suspension and he wasn’t on any performance enhancers at this point in his career. We also didn’t really see what Mendes had in the tank when he beat Myles Jury in the first round in his return fight.
Outside of Mendes, Volkanovski beat solid fighters, but none that are top 10 featherweights.
I think we know what we have in Aldo. He’s an elite fighter who is one of the best of all-time. He showed in his last two fights that he has not fallen off a cliff, but rather Holloway has his number. We don’t truly know how Volkanovski will fare against this higher level of competition. I’ll take Aldo at these odds all day long.
Play: Aldo 1.77 @ SportsInteraction.com