Women Take Center Stage
UFC 237, set for the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday 12 May 2019, will see a Women Strawweight title battle between Rose Namajunas (8-3-0) and Jessica Andrade (19-6-0) as its main event.
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Namajunas, 26, is the reigning champion in the Women Strawweight division and was last in action at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, New York in April last year, where she defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk with a unanimous decision victory. It was the American’s first title defence, having beaten the same opponent (in what was considered huge upset at the time) via TKO at UFC 217 in November 2017 to win the belt. Known as ‘Thug Rose’, Namajunas is of Lithuanian ancestry and holds Black Belts in both Karate and Taekwondo.
Her opponent is Brazilian Andrade, who is sure to have vocal support from the Rio fans. The 27-year-old has earned a shot at the title on the back of three straight wins: she first defeated Claudia Gadelha on a unanimous decision in Japan in September 2017, followed that up with another UD victory over Tecia Torres in Orlando in February 2018, and was last in action with an impressive knockout of Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 228 last September.
The co-main event for UFC 237 is a Middleweight match between Jared Cannonier (11-4-0) and Anderson Silva (34-9-0, 1 NC). The former was victorious over David Branch in his last fight in November 2018, but has suffered defeat in three of his last five outings, while the latter is an Ultimate Fighting Championship legend, having held the Middleweight title for a record 2,457 days, but comes into the clash on the back of a UD loss to rising star Israel Adesanya earlier this year.
The remainder of the UFC 237 Main Card features a Featherweight battle between Jose Aldo (28-4-0) and Alexander Volkanovski (19-1-0); Thiago Alves (23-13-0) v Laureano Staropoli (8-1-0) in the Welterweight division; and a Lightweight match sees Francisco Trinaldo (23-6-0) take on Carlos Diego Ferreira (15-2-0).
UFC 237 – Main Card
Main event: Women Strawweight title: Rose Namajunas (8-3-0) v Jessica Andrade (19-6-0)
Co-main event: Middleweight: Jared Cannonier (11-4-0) v Anderson Silva (34-9-0, 1 NC)
Featherweight: Jose Aldo (28-4-0) v Alexander Volkanovski (19-1-0)
Welterweight: Thiago Alves (23-13-0) v Laureano Staropoli (8-1-0)
Lightweight: Francisco Trinaldo (23-6-0) v Carlos Diego Ferreira (15-2-0)