A trio of new women’s bouts have been announced for upcoming events. Here are the battles, along with my initial thoughts on them.
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 2-1 in the UFC and lately needed just 61 seconds to submit Aleksandra Albu in 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 look to jump back to the win column for the first time because 2016. Given the very long layoff for Ribas and the current success of Whitmire inside the Octagon, look for Whitmire for a solid betting favorite heading into this bout.
Angela Hill vs. Yan Xiaonan, UFC 238
Due to an injury to Wu Yanan, Angela Hill has agreed to step up on short notice if she takes on Yan Xiaonan at UFC 238, which can be set for June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. ESPN broke the news. 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 months later here against Xiaonan. It has been a busy beginning to 2019 for Hill, who will be fighting for the third time in four months should she make it to this fight. Total Hill is 4-6 in the Octagon in two distinct stints with the advertising. Xiaonan (10-1, 1 NC) is riding a nine-fight unbeaten streak and is 3-0 complete 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 in 2019, expect Hill to be preferred in this one.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Randa Markos, UFC 239
Two of the best female strawweights in the world at place to meet at UFC 239 as Claudia Gadelha meets Randa Markos. The card occurs July 6 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gadelha (16-4) is astonishingly just 6-4 in the UFC and is coming off of a surprising decision loss to Nina Ansaroff. Once one of the most stressed women’s strawweights about the UFC roster, Gadelha has struggled in recent years and seems to be on the decline at age 30 as each of the wars she’s been in have caught up to her. Markos (9-6, 1 NC) is 5-5-1 in the UFC and recently picked up her most impressive win yet, a first-round submission success over Angela Hill. Markos has fought balancing issues inside the Octagon and has to rack up a win streak of over one fight in a row, but the victory over Hill might be a indication that she’s finally figured things out. Considering Gadelha always gets lots of respect from bettors that I really do expect her to be preferred here, however, Markos is absolutely a live dog in this fight.
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