Thursday, January 28, 2016

Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko added to Mar. 5 UFC show

Valentina Shevchenko
This afternoon the UFC announced that Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko has been added to UFC 196 Mar. 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Valentina won her UFC debut in Dec. with a split decision win over Sarah Kaufman. But most media outlets including yours truly and even Sarah Kaufman thought she deserved a unanimous decision. Valentina is an elite kickboxer with plenty of experience. For this fight, we may get to see how good her takedown defense is. Amanda is a Brazilian who trains at American Top Team in Florida. She likes to finish as quickly as possible. She has finished 10 of her 11 wins including her last win over Sara McMann in August. But if she doesn't get a first round finish, she has been known to run out of gas as she did when she lost to Cat Zingano a couple of years ago. But I think Mike Brown at ATT has been working on improving Amanda's endurance. This fight is an interesting contrast of styles and a good test for both fighters.

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