Fighter Awards & Bonuses ($50,000 each)
– Fight of the Night: Jéssica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
– Performance of the Night: Jéssica Andrade
– Performance of the Night: Warlley Alves
The Ultimate Fighting Champion returns to Rio de Janeiro for UFC 237: Namajunas vs. Andrade.
Rose Namajunas is 2-0 against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, once taking the UFC strawweight belt from her and then defending it in an immediate rematch. On May 11, she’ll put her championship on the line against a new opponent in Jessica Andrade.
The cards may be stacked against her, as Namajunas faces the Brazilian on her home turf, but then again, not many people gave her a chance against Jedrzejczyk. The deck may be stacked against Namajunas, but the odds aren’t, as she’s the early favorite in the fight.
UFC 237 has a stacked line-up. Not only is the UFC women’s strawweight title on the line, two more of Brazil’s most popular fighters are fighting in front of their home country fans.
Top middleweight Jared Cannonier faces one of the toughest tests of his career, as he meets the legendary Anderson Silva in the UFC 237 co-main event in Rio de Janeiro.
One of the greatest featherweight fighters of all time, Jose Aldo, will fight in front of his countrymen, as he meets Alexander Volkanovski in another featured fight on the UFC 237 pay-per-view main card on ESPN+.
UFC 237: Namajunas vs. Andrade Fight Card
Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV)
- Jessica Andrade def. Rose Namajunas (c) by KO (slam) at 2:58 of R2
- Jared Cannonier def. Anderson Silva by TKO (leg injury) at 4:47 of R1
- Alexander Volkanovski def. Jose Aldo by Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Laureano Staropoli def. Thiago Alves by Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Irene Aldana def. Bethe Correia by Submission (armbar) at 3:24 of R3
Prelims (8 p.m. ET on ESPN)
- Ryan Spann def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by KO (punches) at 2:07 of R1
- Thiago Moises def. Kurt Holobaugh by Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
- Warlley Alves def. Sergio Moraes by KO (punch) at 4:13 of R3
- Clay Guida def. BJ Penn by Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Early Prelims (6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
- Luana Carolina def. Priscila Cachoeira by Decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
- Raoni Barcelos def. Carlos Huachin by TKO (punches and elbows) at 4:49 of R2
- Viviane Araujo def. Talita Bernardo by KO (punch) at 0:48 of R3