Breaking down the three biggest fights in Rio de Janeiro



UFC 237 takes place Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and there are some really good fights on the card, including the main event that will see Rose Namajunas attempt to defend her strawweight title against Brazilian Jessica Andrade.
It also features Anderson Silva stepping into the Octagon in his home country in what could be the final fight of his legendary career.
The arena should be buzzing for that one.
So while we get ready for another night of fights, let’s take a look at the top three fights we can’t wait to see Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro.
Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva
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As I said before, this could be the end for Silva, who’s now 44 years old and hasn’t won since 2013. But still, he’s one of the greatest to ever step into the Octagon and will remain must-see TV until he finally does hang it up. This one is a little weird because Cannonier is relatively unknown fighter and the two have no beef between each other, but Anderson Silva is Anderson Silva so it’s worth a look, especially as he makes the walk to the Octagon.
Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski
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Speaking of all-time greats, Jose Aldo is back for more and is riding two-fight winning streak in which he’s finished both fights via TKO. He’s back to being Jose Aldo, which is always fun to watch. Volkanovski, meanwhile, has won all six of his fights in the UFC and is coming off an impressive win over Chad Mendes at UFC 232. This will be the biggest test of his career inside an arena that will be cheering against him so it will be fun to see if he can rise to occasion and take another step toward a title fight.
Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
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Namajunas, the strawweight champ, hasn’t fought since April of 2018 so it will be good to see her back in the Octagon. It will also be good to see her facing someone new, as her last two fights were against former strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Andrade, meanwhile, has won three straight fights since her loss to Jedrzejczyk at UFC 211. It’s awesome that Namajunas will be defending her belt in Andrade’s home country, as the atmosphere for this main event should be pretty electric.
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