Nina Ansaroff vs. Tatiana Suarez, Joanne Calderwood vs. Katlyn Chookagian added to UFC 238
Two significant women’s fights have been added to the UFC 238 lineup.
In the strawweight division, top contenders Nina Ansaroff (10-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Tatiana Suarez (7-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will clash. Meanwhile, in the flyweight division, Joanne Calderwood (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Katlyn Chookagian (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) fight to jockey for title position in the weight class. Both fights were first reported by The Chicago Tribune.
UFC 238 takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
Ansaroff, No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings, is on a four-fight winning streak. No performance was bigger than her most recent, though, when she edged former title challenger Claudia Gadelha at UFC 231 in December.
Ansaroff now finds herself in a likely title eliminator against No. 4 Suarez, the Season 22 winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series who has overwhelmed all her octagon competition so far, including a dominant third-round TKO over ex-champ Carla Esparza at UFC 228 in September.
Calderwood, who is No. 14 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s flyweight rankings, will attempt to stay unbeaten at 125 pounds following a unanimous-decision victory over former KSW titleholder Ariane Lipski at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in January.
Calderwood will attempt to continue her run toward a title shot against No. 6 Chookagian, who lost a split decision to Jessica Eye at UFC 231 in December in a fight that would’ve likely earned her a crack at champion Valentina Shevchenko.