NEW UFC PPV BOUTS INCLUDE DIEGO SANCHEZ VS. MICHAEL CHIESA

The UFC has announced a number of new bouts over the past couple of weeks for its upcoming pay-per-view cards that summer. Below are my thoughts on these new matchups.
Talita Bernardo vs. Melissa Gatto, UFC 237
Due to an injury to Jessica Rose Clark, Talita Bernardo will meet UFC newcomer Melissa Gatto at a women’s bantamweight bout at UFC 237, taking place May 11 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bernardo (6-3) is 1-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Sarah Moras. Gatto (6-0-2) is undefeated in her MMA career fighting on the Brazilian regional scene. Bernardo hasn’t looked very good from the UFC and considering Gatto is only 22-years-old she’s definitely someone to keep your eye on when the odds for this fight come out. If she’s the underdog she is worth a punt.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Alexa Grasso, UFC 238
A women’s strawweight bout between Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Alexa Grasso is set for UFC 238, which takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The card features five women’s bouts in complete, including this fight.
Kowalkiewicz (12-4) is only 5-4 in the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back losses to Jessica Andrade and Michelle Waterson. She’s making a quick return to the Octagon since the struggle against Waterson took place only a couple of weeks before, and she is probably in a must-win position in this struggle against Grasso in UFC 238. Grasso (10-2) is 2-2 at the UFC but has not fought since last May when she had been filed by Tatiana Suarez. The two Kowalkiewicz and Grasso have been solid-yet-flawed fighters, but based on her experience I would guess Kowalkiewicz would be a small favorite at open.
Diego Sanchez vs. Michael Chiesa, UFC 239
Welterweights Diego Sanchez and Michael Chiesa are scheduled to fight at UFC 239, occurring July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sanchez (29-11) is 18-11 all time inside the Octagon and is one of the longest-tenured fighters on the UFC roster and a future Hall of Famer. He proceeded to welterweight this past year and has since gone 1-2 using a weight loss loss to Matt Brown followed closely by back-to-back wins over Craig White and Mickey Gall, who he only finished in catastrophic fashion. Chiesa (15-4) is 8-4 in the UFC and submitted Carlos Condit in his welterweight debut in his final bout. Both Sanchez and Chiesa looked amazing in their past struggles, but given that Sanchez is 37 and has obtained a ton of damage throughout his career, you have to lean towards Chiesa here.
Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Jack Marshman, UFC 239
Middleweight prospect Edmen Shahbazyan returns at UFC 239 if he takes on Jack Marshman.
Shahbazyan (9-0) is only 21-years-old and is currently 2-0 at the UFC with a knockout win over Charles Byrd and a split decision win over Darren Stewart. He’s among the best young prospects in 185lbs and all but one of his career successes has come by knockout. Marshman (23-8) is 3-3 in the UFC and is coming off of a controversial split decision win over John Phillips. Although Marshman is a solid gateekeeper in 185lbs, Shahbazyan is the future of the division, and he’ll definitely be a massive favorite heading into this bout.
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