Chicago Garner’s the best fight card of the year so far once again.

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UFC 238, being held in Chicago, Illinois, is stacked. From the Undercard to the Main Card to the Early Prelims, this card is just loaded with talent. a Possible #1 contender fight is opening the show, a confirmed number one contender fight isn’t even the main fight on the prelims, and an MMA Fan’s dream fight is the co-co-main event of the evening. Holy Shit this is gonna be good.

Heavyweight: Blagoy Ivanov (+110) Vs. Tai Tuivasa (-140)

Blagoy Ivanov has a great story. The guy was placed in a coma after getting stabbed in a bar fight and then came out of that fight and won his next four fights in a row and fought for a championship in Bellator. In the UFC, Ivanov is 1-1 with a win over Ben Rothwell, Albeit by a close Decision. “Shoey God” Tai Tuivasa most recently fought in November when he was outmatched by Junior Dos Santos, before that though, he was on a three fight winning streak defeating Rashad Coulter, Cyril Asker and Andrei Arlovski. While I believe Ivanov is the more well rounded fighter, I think that Tuivasa’s time learning from the JDS loss will help him fight smarter here and he will take a victory from Ivanov. Tai Tuivasa Def. Blagoy Ivanov

Bantamweight: Petr Yan (-340) Vs. Jimmie Rivera (+260)

Jimmie Rivera is not producing like he did last year. Since his loss to Marlon Moraes, he went 1-1 with a win over John Dodson and a loss to Aljamain Sterling. He looked a bit gunshy in each of these bouts and one must assume that the reason was his quick loss to Moraes. Petr Yan is an exciting young russian prospect, and unlike most Russian fighters, he is not Dagestani. He was born and raised in Siberia… Yeah he’s that Russian tough. I’ve got to think that Yan would be the victor here. His momentum is too strong and he hasn’t reached his full potential yet. Petr Yan Def. Jimmie Rivera

Lightweight: Donald Cerrone (+125) Vs. Tony Ferguson (-155)

I AM SO GODDAM EXCITED!!!!!! Tony Ferguson Vs. Donald Cerrone is a dream matchup for me. Donald Cerrone is the UFC’s Leader in wins and finishes while Tony is a freak of nature who is on the Longest winning streak in the UFC. These two are both extremely knowledgeable and do not get flustered inside the cage easily. Regardless of who wins, the winner will likely fight for a title… Unless McGregor brings his price to fight down, then he will get it. Donald’s Game Plan is likely to keep the fight standing and turn it into a war while Tony is looking to use his superior and unusual grappling style to catch Donald in something and make him Tap, the problem with Tony’s plan is that Donald has only tapped out once in his career and that was in 2010 to Benson Henderson. I just have a feeling that Cowboy will win, that’s how i’m deciding. Donald Cerrone Def. Tony Ferguson

Women’s Flyweight Championship: Valentina Shevchenko (-1100) Vs. Jessica Eye (+650)

Jessica Eye is certainly embracing the underdog role here. She is aware nobody think’s she’ll win and people don’t believe she is going to win for good reason. It wasn’t that long ago when Eye lost four straight fights at Bantamweight. Now on a positive note, she is 3-0 since she moved down to Flyweight, which is her natural weight class. Valentina Shevchenko is no joke though. at UFC 215 she faced Amanda Nunes for the Bantamweight championship and I actually believed that she won the fight after the final bell though she lost via Split Decision. Regardless, Shevchenko’s performance against Nunes was the most impressive someone has looked against her in a long time, as nunes destroyed every fighter she crossed before and since. Hell even Cris Cyborg couldn’t even make it out of the first round. Valentina Shevchenko takes this one via finish in the later rounds, Eye is a good Flyweight and will likely be a contender in the division for years to come but she won’t win on Saturday. Valentina Shevchenko Def. Jessica Eye

Bantamweight Championship: Marlon Moraes (-130) Vs. Henry Cejudo (+100)

This one looks the most even in the eyes of vegas as the odds are almost Identical. Cejudo moves up in weight to attempt to become a champ-champ and the first olympic gold medalist Champ Champ. If he wins, he can actually make a case for being the pound for pound number 1 fighter in the world. His Knockout of TJ Dillashaw was incredibly impressive, even more so after we found out that Dillashaw has been taking EPO. As impressive as Henry has been, Marlon Moraes has been equally impressive. After his introductary fight in the UFC where he lost a split decision to Raphael Assuncao, he ran through John Dodson, Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera. Then to get this shot at the title, he defeated Assuncao within a round. I think this will be a very closely contested fight early, I think that Cejudo will take over close to the end of round 3 and dominate rounds 4 and 5 due to the lack of a weight cut. Cejudo wins via Unanimous Decision. Henry Cejudo Def. Marlon Moraes

Other Selections:

Women’s Strawweight: Tatiana Suarez (-850) Def. Nina Ansaroff (+525)

Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling (-135) Def. Pedro Munhoz (+105)

Women’s Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz (-125) Def. Alexa Grasso (-105)

Featherweight: Calvin Kattar (-155) Def. Ricardo Lamas (+125)

Women’s Strawweight: Xiaonan Yan (-170) Def. Angela Hill (+140)

Middleweight: Bevon Lewis (-175) Def. Darren Stewart (+145)

Bantamweight: Grigorii Popov (+115) Def. Eddie Wineland (-145)

Women’s Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian (-120) Def. Joanne Calderwood (-110)

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