UFC 237 features a stack of Brazilian talent with two of the greatest returning plus a belt is on the line! Find our UFC tips & previews below.

UFC Tips & Preview – Rose Namajunas v Jessica Andrade 

14:30 (AEDT), Sunday 12th May @ Rio Olympic Arena, Rio de Janeiro

Career records: 

  • Namajunas 8-3-0 (1 by KO/TKO & 5 by submission)
  • Andrade 19-6-0 (6 by KO/TKO & 7 by submission)

Last bouts: 

  • Namajunas def Jedrzejczyk – Decision
  • Andrade def Kowalkiewicz – Rd 1 KO

Analysis: Brazilian fight fans are in for an action packed main event as they’ll witness one of their own going toe to toe with the formidable Rose Namajunas for the Women’s UFC Strawweight Championship. Jessica Andrade has scrapped her way through the division with three of her last four wins coming by way of decision. It wasn’t until a monstrous right hand KO’d Kowalkiewicz in Rd 1 at UFC 228 that she then was given her second chance at a UFC title after going down to Jedrzejczyk at UFC 211.

Despite being the challenger, Jessica Andrade is currently priced as the $1.78 favourite and the always vocal Brazilian crowd will give her every advantage. Although she has the crowd on her side, Andrade has an enormous task ahead of her and will have to deal with an incredibly skilled and well rounded champion.

These two fighters have distinct differences that they will look to use to their advantage. Namajunas is a precise striker and her output is generally a lot more effective. On the other hand, Andrade is a superior power puncher with KO ability that is rare within the Strawweight division. Taking this into consideration, Namajunas will lean heavily on her reach advantage and will be looking to avoid lingering on the inside.

Although she is the outsider, expect Namajunas to outclass Andrade.

Tip: Namajunas to win @ $2.05

UFC Tips & Preview – Jared Cannonier v Anderson Silva

13:45 (AEDT), Sunday 12th May @ Rio Olympic Arena, Rio de Janeiro

Career records: 

  • Cannonier 11-4-0 (7 by KO/TKO & 2 by submission)
  • Silva 34-9-0 1nc (23 by KO/TKO & 3 by submission)

Last bouts: 

  • Cannonier def Branch – Rd 2 TKO 
  • Silva def by Adesanya – Decision

Analysis: For Anderson Silva, this is likely to be his final UFC fight in Brazil. As a result he will be very hard to beat if it goes to the judges. While many thought his previous fight against Israel Adesanya at UFC 234 would be his last, he’s proven he still has plenty of tricks up his sleeve and was somehow able to avoid getting knocked out.

This time around he’ll take part in a fight that isn’t a glaringly obvious mismatch and although Silva is the $2.12 outsider, he has every chance of an upset against an opponent who has three losses from his previous five fights.

Cardio is the main issue for both fighters with Cannonier losing considerable amounts of gas in his last fight against David Branch. For a volume striker, this could prove to be an issue as Silva might have one last KO left in the tank. As a result, expect Silva to get the job done in front of a home crowd.

Tip: Silva to win @ $2.12

UFC Tips & Preview – Jose Aldo v Alexander Volkanovski

13:15 (AEDT), Sunday 12th May @ Rio Olympic Arena, Rio de Janeiro

Career records: 

  • Aldo 28-4-0 (17 by KO/TKO & 1 by submission)
  • Volkanovski 19-1-0 (11 by KO/TKO & 3 by submission)

Last bouts: 

  • Aldo def Carneiro – Rd 2 TKO
  • Volkanovski def Mendes – Rd 2 TKO

Analysis: Both fighters are coming off incredible victories in their last fight with Jose Aldo getting the upset against Carneiro at Fight Night 144. On the other hand, Volkanovski found himself in trouble against Mendes.  Alexander “The Great” was able to weather the storm by keeping the pressure on and effectively managing Mendes’ takedown attempts.

This time around, the #4 ranked Aussie finds himself matched up against arguably the greatest Featherweight of all time. If his last outing is anything to go by, he could be in trouble against Aldo’s superior striking. Although Aldo is the favoured fighter, Volkanovski won’t stop coming forward and has a solid chin to match his effective striking.

This fight has all the makings of a classic and is undoubtedly a fight you can’t miss!

Tip: Aldo to win @ $1.74

UFC Tips & Preview – Thiago Alves v Laureano Staropoli

12:30 (AEDT), Sunday 12th May @ Rio Olympic Arena, Rio de Janeiro

Career records: 

  • Alves 23-13-0 (13 by KO/TKO & 1 by submission)
  • Staropoli 8-1-0 (5 by KO/TKO & 2 by submission)

Last bouts: 

  • Alves def Griffin – Decision
  • Staropoli def Aldana – Decision

Analysis: These two fighters will face off at opposite ends of their UFC careers. After making his UFC debut back in 2005 at Fight Night 2, Alves has had an impressive career and still has what it takes to make things interesting. On the other hand, Staropoli made his UFC debut in November 2018 at Fight Night 140 and came away with a victory over Hector Aldana.

In his debut, Staropoli showed incredible toughness in an all out brawl and we’re expecting him to do the same against Alves. While he is favoured due to his youth, Staropoli will need to be weary of Alves leg kicks as they will be ever present. For Alves, the key to victory will be keeping Staropoli at a distance although this may prove too difficult to execute against a much younger and more enthusiastic opponent.

Tip: Staropoli to win @ $1.87

UFC Tips & Preview – Francisco Trinaldo v Carlos Diego Ferreira

12:15 (AEDT), Sunday 12th May @ Rio Olympic Arena, Rio de Janeiro

Career records: 

  • Trinaldo 23-6-0 (8 by KO/TKO & 5 by submission)
  • Ferreira 15-2-0 (3 by KO/TKO & 6 by submission)

Last bouts: 

  • Trinaldo def Dunham – Rd 2 KO
  • Ferreira def Khabilov – Decision

Analysis: To kick off the main card,  Trinaldo will enter the octagon against Ferreira as the $2.42 outsider. Although he is coming off a KO victory in his last fight, his age is a considerable factor in the fight.

With age on his side, superior cardio and third degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu, expect this fight to end up on the floor pretty quickly. After notching six victories via submission throughout his professional career, Ferreira should be able to get the job done again.

Tip: Ferreira to win @ $1.57