UFC 237 took place Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The card was headlined by Rose Namajunas defending her strawweight title against Jessica Andrade.
Closing odds are courtesy of Several Bookmakers. Here’s a quick recap of each of those fights.
Favorites that Won
Jessica Andrade struggled early on, but landed a power slam in the second round putting Rose Namajunas on her head. Andrade followed up on the mat to put Namajunas away and claim the strawweight Andrade closed -145 while Namajunas closed +125
Jared Cannonier landed a leg kick to the knee of Anderson Silva created discomfort and therefore made the referee stop the fight in favor of Cannonier. Cannonier closed -127 while Silva closed +105
In a matchup much closer than the line indicated, Irene Aldana was able to reverse position and put her opponent in an arm bar forcing Bethe Correia to submit late in the third round. Aldana closed -435 with the return on Correia +331
Ryan Spann dropped Antonio Nogueira and followed up with strikes to earn a first round stoppage victory. Spann closed -132 while Nogueira closed +109
Thiago Moises secured takedowns in all three rounds to earn a clear decision over Kurt Holobaugh. Moises closed -127 with the return on Holobaugh +107
Warlley Alves landed a knee followed by a tremendous upper cut which crumbled Sergio Moraes to give Alves a knockout victory. Alves closed -139 while Moraes closed +118
After a lackluster first round, Clay Guida picked up his volume to beat a fatigued BJ Penn by decision. Guida closed -714. Penn closed +486
Luana Carolina got the better of the striking exchanges landing throughout with a varied kicking game to earn a decision over Priscila Cachoeira. Carolina closed -182 while Cachoeira closed +158
Raoni Barcelos was the biggest favorite on the card and was able to earn a second-round stoppage over debutant Carlos Huachin. Barcelos closed -1111 with the return on Huachin +713
Underdogs that Won
Alex Volkanovski out worked the legendary Jose Aldo winning each round to earn a unanimous decision. Volkanovski closed +104 while Aldo closed -120
Laureano Staropoli was the more consistent fighter landing more head punches to win by decision. Staropoli closed +112 while Alves closed -135
Viviane Araujo knocked out Talita Bernardo in the third round to cap off an excellent UFC debut. Araujo closed +240 while Bernard closed -280