UFC 237 Free Betting Picks & Betting Preview

UFC 237: Namajunas vs. Andrade
Saturday, May 11th - 10:00pm ET
Jeunesse Arena, Barra da Tijuca, Brazil

The UFC heads to Barra da Tijuca, Brazil for UFC 237 this Saturday, May 11th. In the main event of the evening, Rose Namajunas returns to action to defend her strawweight title against the tough Jessica Andrade. In the co-main event, Anderson Silva will face Jared Cannonier in a middleweight bought. Featherweight G.O.A.T., Jose Aldo will take on the surging Alexander Volkanovski in the third slot of the main card. Keep reading for my betting preview of the top three fights on this Pay-Per-View event.

Rose Namajunas (+100) vs. Jessica Andrade (-130)

"Thug" Rose" (9-3) is returning from a 13-month hiatus to defend her strawweight strap against Jessica Andrade (19-6). Rose is riding a three-fight winning streak with wins over Michelle Waterson and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (twice). Rose has been out of action since the UFC 223 incident at Barclays. She was on the bus that Conor McGregor threw the dolly into.

It will be interesting to see how she is mentally in such an electric environment. While Rose is a fan favorite, Americans have not always been received well when facing locals in Brazil.

Jessica Andrade is also riding a three fight win streak. Her last time out, Andrade scored a TKO win over Karolina Kowalkiewicz in 1:59 of the first round. Andrade fights with a lot of heart and throws with power as we saw in her loss to Jedrzejczyk.

"Thug" Rose is a great fighter, but she's been exposed before. If she finds herself in trouble versus Andrade, I think the scrappy Brazilian will put her away. Andrade -130 is my pick for the main event.

Jared Cannonier (-160) vs. Anderson Silva (+130)

Jared "Tha Killa Gorilla" Cannonier (11-4) ended a two-fight skid with a second round KO of David Branch at UFC 230. Cannonier will look to build on that momentum with a win over Anderson "The Spider" Silva (34-9) at UFC 237. Cannonier is 4-4 in the UFC. His only win of note is the win over Branch, who is 2-3 since returning to the UFC.

Silva is coming off a loss to the newly crowned interim middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya at UFC 234. The Spider is one of the greatest fighters of all time. He is fighting in Brazil for the first time since a first round TKO win over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153.

Don't be shocked if the 44-year old legend makes his final walk to the octagon this Saturday.

If that's the case, I'd like to see The Spider end things on a high note. Silva may have fallen off from his prime days, but he's still an experienced and wise fighter. Cannonier hasn't defeated a grizzled vet like Silva. This may be the nostalgia talking, but I like Silva to pull this one out at home.

Jose Aldo (-150) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (+120)

Jose Aldo (28-4) is coming off back-to-back KO/TKO wins over Jeremy Stevens and Renato Moicano.

After being knocked out in 13 seconds by Conor McGregor back at UFC 194, many wrote off the Brazilian legend. As if one punch was enough to call for the retirement of the greatest featherweight to ever grace the octagon. Aldo bounced back with a stellar performance over Frankie Edgar, dominating the former lightweight champion from bell-to-bell.

After dropping back-to-back losses to Max Holloway, many wrote Aldo off yet again. What did Aldo do? He knocked out Jeremy Stephens than did the same to Renato Moicano in consecutive fights. Aldo's still got it. He'll prove it over a Alexander Volkanovski (19-1) this Saturday.

Volkanovski is coming off the biggest win of his career, a second round KO over Chad Mendes. "The Great" may be the real deal, but Aldo is still the goat. Jose Aldo -150 is my pick for this fight.

Also on the card are BJ Penn (+400) vs. Clay Guida (-600), Bethe Correia (+210) vs. Irene Aldana (-280), "Little Nog" (+120) vs. Ryan Spann, and Thiago Alves (-115) vs. Laureano Staropoli (-115).

UFC 238 will go down on June 8th at the United Center in Chicago. Henry Cejudo will defend his bantamweight title against Marlon Moraes.