Rose Namajunas clashes with Jessica Andrade Saturday night in Brazil.
This Saturday night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator MMA will again square off against each other for your viewership. This week, the UFC returns to ESPN+ pay-per-view with UFC 237 from Rio’s Jeunesse Arena.
Main card action begins at 10 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. PDT on ESPN+ pay-per-view, following TV prelims at 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT on ESPN and early prelims at 6:15 p.m. EDT, 3:15 p.m. PDT on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+.
If you have yet to preorder Saturday’s main card, access espnplus.com/ppv today. For those who are reading this in Canada, call your local cable company or preorder the event with your remote control. As usual, ufcbars.com will have a list of all confirmed and unconfirmed restaurants and bars in your local area that are showing the card. For the unconfirmed bars, you are advised to call ahead.
Highlighting this pay-per-view event is a UFC Women’s Strawweight title fight pitting incumbent champion Rose Namajunas (9-3) with No. 1 Strawweight contender Jessica Andrade (19-6). Remember, should this championship fight end in a draw from the judges, Rose Namajunas will remain the champion.
Heading into Saturday night’s headliner, champion Rose Namajunas is the taller contestant in this title fight, standing 5-foot-5, three inches taller than Jessica Andrade’s 5-foot-2 frame. Both fighters are coming off wins in their last fights.
Rose Namajunas has posted a record of 5-0 in her last five UFC appearances, winning last time out via decision against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in UFC 223 on Apr. 7, 2018 in a rematch of their fight from UFC 217.
In the other corner, Jessica Andrade has gone 4-1 in her last five UFC fights.
Last time out, she scored a first-round knockout against Karolina Kowalkiewicz during the Sept. 8, 2018 UFC 228 pay-per-view.
The Tale of the Tape
UFC.com shows that Namajunas holds the advantage in both reach (65 inches to 62 inches) and leg reach (39.5 inches to 35.25 inches) heading into the main event.
Prediction: Namajunas by decision.
Other fights on Saturday’s main card
No. 10 contender Jared Cannonier (11-4) vs. No. 14 contender Anderson Silva (34-9, one no-contest) [Middleweight, co-main event]
No. 1 contender Jose Aldo (28-4) vs. No. 4 contender Alexander Volkanovski (19-1) [Featherweight]
Thiago Alves (28-13) vs. Laureano Staropoli (8-1) [Welterweight]
No. 11 contender Irene Aldana (9-4) vs. No. 13 contender Bethe Correia (10-3-1) [Women’s Bantamweight]
A scheduled lightweight fight between 23-6 Francisco Trinaldo and 15-2 Diego Ferreira was postponed after Ferreira did not weigh in (kidney stones).
UFC 237 at a Glance
Early Prelims: Saturday, 6:15 p.m. EDT, 3:15 p.m. PDT, UFC Fight Pass & ESPN+
ESPN Prelims: Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT, ESPN
Main Card: Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. PDT, ESPN+ pay-per-view
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