Sunday, July 24, 2016
Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Valentina Shevchenko vs Holly Holm
Here's the match video of Valentina Shevchenko vs Holly Holm from last night's UFC show in Chicago. When this fight was announced, my big concern was that it would be a five round snoozefest. And that's what it was. All this week, Holly talked about the lessons she learned from the loss to Miesha Tate. But based on last night's loss, she didn't learn a damn thing. Look, Holly is bigger and stronger than Valentina. If Holly is aggressive, she should beat Valentina. But as Holly admitted after the fight, she is afraid to be aggressive. Fear can motivate a fighter. But that kind of fear can paralyze a fighter. And that's what it does to Holly. And it's not like Valentina fought very well herself. But Holly did virtually nothing. There was no urgency even in round five even when she should know she was losing. She says she wasn't told that by her corner. I think she should know anyway. Is she that stupid? The only round Holly was given was round one. It was virtually a tie. Neither fighter did much of anything. But Holly knocked Valentina down with a push and that was enough to give her the round. But after that, Valentina was marginally more effective. But Holly was completely ineffective. Valentina got a takedown in round three. She did a lay and pray but the ref allowed it so she won the round. Holly made no adjustments in the final two rounds. She kept doing the same stuff that wasn't working. Valentina did enough to win the fight. I guess it was an upset though I wasn't very surprised. Can we officially call Holly's win over Ronda Rousey a fluke? Because unless she changes, that is what will go down in history. What's next? It depends on when the UFC wants champ Amanda Nunes to defend her belt. Ronda will get that title shot if she returns in the fall. But I don't think she is returning until 2017. So I think Julianna Pena should get the title shot. Enjoy the video!