A trio of new women’s bouts have been announced for upcoming events. Here are the fights, together with my first thoughts on these.
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 2-1 in the UFC and lately needed just 61 seconds to submit Aleksandra Albu at a breakout performance that set a UFC women’s strawweight record for fastest submission win. Ribas (6-1) was recently cleared by USADA after sitting out two years 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 within the Octagon, look for Whitmire to be a strong gaming preferred heading into this 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 takes on Yan Xiaonan at UFC 238, that can be 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 weeks afterwards here against Xiaonan. It’s been a busy start to 2019 for Hill, who will be fighting for the third time in four weeks should she make it into this particular fight. Overall Hill is 4-6 at the Octagon in two different stints with the promotion. Xiaonan (10-1, 1 NC) is riding a nine-fight unbeaten streak and is 3-0 overall in the UFC with all three of her wins coming from choice. This should be a competitive struggle but given the level of competition she’s fought and how busy she has been so far in 2019, expect Hill to be preferred in this one.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Randa Markos, UFC 239
Two of the most effective female strawweights in the world at set to meet at 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 from the UFC and is coming off of a sudden decision reduction to Nina Ansaroff. Once among the most stressed women’s strawweights on the UFC roster, Gadelha has struggled in the last few years and seems to be on the decrease at age 30 as each of the wars she has been in have caught up to her. Markos (9-6, 1 NC) is 5-5-1 in the UFC and lately picked up arguably her most impressive win yet, a first-round submission success over Angela Hill. Markos has battled consistency problems inside the Octagon and has yet to rack up a win streak of over one struggle in a row, however, the victory over Hill might be a sign that she has finally figured things out. Contemplating Gadelha always gets plenty of respect from bettors I do expect her to be preferred here, but Markos is absolutely a live dog in this fight.
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