UFC 237 Odds, Preview & Expert Picks

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 9, 2019 in

Take a look at some of the best fights involved with UFC 237, alongside the latest MMA odds.

UFC 237 Odds, Preview & Expert Picks

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Spann

Things went from bad to worse for Antonio Rogerio Nogueira when a 1-3 stretch gave way to a United States Anti-Doping (USADA)-induced suspension that kept him out for 22 months. Upon his return, he proved he still had something to offer by knocking out Sam Alvey in Sao Paulo, Brazil, earning a “Performance of the Night” bonus in the process.
“Little Nog” is three inches shorter and 15 years older than “Superman.”

The first “Contender Series” bid for Ryan Spann went poorly thanks to some Travis Browne-style elbows from Karl Roberson that put him to sleep in just 15 seconds. After claiming an LFA title and choking out Emiliano Sordi in 26 seconds in his “Contender Series” return, he took a decision over Luis Henrique in his Octagon debut in Sept. 2018.

Now, this is an interesting clash of styles. Nogueira remains rugged and deceptively dangerous on the feet, but he’s on the wrong end of some serious disparities in speed and general explosiveness.

That said, Spann consistently fades late, meaning the fight is Nog’s if he can just survive the first five minutes. He’s never been particularly quick and the years haven’t put much pep in his step. Nogueira is still a legitimate threat and could easily take over late. He’s just got too much wear for me to pick him against someone so dangerous in the early going. Spann’s early blitz pays dividends as he cracks the Brazilian veteran with heavy punches for the finish.

Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight contenders Jose Aldo and Alexander Volkanovski will go to war this Saturday as well.

Volkanovski is Featherweight’s hottest new contender, currently riding a 15-fight win streak that includes a knockout win of former title challenger, Chad Mendes. That puts him in a precarious position, though, as Aldo is beginning to make a habit of knocking off top contenders.

Since losing his crown, the Brazilian has secured consecutive knockout wins for the first time since 2009, looking incredibly dangerous and composed in the process. Frankly, it’s the best fight on the card, the highest level matchup of two very different but equally violent technicians. It is rare that a viewer can see these types of fights all on the same card.

Anderson Silva vs. Jared Cannonier

“The Spider” will collide with “Killa Gorilla” in the upcoming pay-per-view as well, and Cannonier doesn’t buy the theory that Silva, who’s won only one of his last seven bouts inside the Octagon, is past his prime and an easier matchup.

Sure, Silva lost most of his recent fights since 2012, but those losses came against some of the best around in the sport today, from current heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier to future middleweight champions Michael Bisping and Chris Weidman. It will be a clash worthy of the viewership! I expect that Silva does make this one entertaining and competitive, yet I still have faith in the younger fighter in Cannonier.

Silva has not been the same fighter since devastatingly breaking his leg a few years back. I like the youth and the determination of Connonier, but if this is all talk and he shows a lack of interest or urgency in the ring, Silva will make him pay.