The ladies of the Octagon will be on centerstage at United Center in Chicago on June 8, as three pivotal bouts in the strawweight and flyweight divisions were made official for UFC 238.
In a five-round bout for the flyweight championship of the world, Valentina Shevchenko will make the first defense of her crown against Ohio’s Jessica “Evil” Eye.
Hoping to get a shot at the winner will be top ten 125-pound contenders Katlyn Chookagian and Joanne Calderwood, and in a matchup that could decide the next challenger for the strawweight title, top five contenders Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff collide.
Shevchenko won the vacant title with a five-round unanimous decision win over former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in December. The bout served as the co-main event of UFC 231, which took place at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
The fight was Shevchenko’s second bout as a UFC flyweight. She dropped to the 125-pound division in February 2018 after a failed bid to win the UFC women’s bantamweight title. Shevchenko dominated in her first fight at flyweight, submitting Priscila Cachoeira in the second round of their UFC Fight Night 125 matchup.
Tickets for UFC 238, which airs live on pay-per-view, go on sale on April 5.
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