UFC 213: Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko
While it wasn’t very long ago that it seemed like Ronda Rousey was, not only the biggest name in women’s mixed martial arts, but the only name that really mattered, that is clearly not the case today.
With Rousey getting smacked senseless in her last two fights, the UFC and women’s mixed martial arts in general, are now clearly looking for another female superstar that they can hang their collective hats on.
Now, with UFC 213 quickly approaching and featuring a pair of title hopeful females in the headline bout, that ‘superstar’ MMA female fighter could very well be the winner of the intriguing Valentina Shevchenko vs. Amanda Nunes headline bout.
Here’s everything you need to know, not only about the headline bout at UFC 123, but on all of the main card matchups
UFC 213 Nunes vs Shevchenko
When: Saturday, July 8 at 7:00 PM ET
Where” T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Valentina Shevchenko vs Amanda Nunes
Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Analysis: Amanda Nunes (14-4) is the slight favorite to make a second successful defense of the bantamweight title she won when she pounded Rousey senseless at UFC 207 in December. Nunes stopped the former champ just 48 seconds into the first round (TKO) by way of a series of vicious punches that left Rousey even more broken then she was following her shocking loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November of 2015.
The Brazilian-born Nunes also beat Valentina Shevchenko (14-2) at UFC 196 in March of 2016, though the bout went the distance with Nunes winning by way of unanimous decision. Nunes has won five straight fights coming into her rematch against Shevchenko with two wins coming by way of TKO, two more via submission.
The Soviet-born Valentina Shevchenko has won two straight fights since losing to Nunes including a decision win over Holm in July and a second round submission (armbar) win over Julianna Pena in January that earned her Performance of the Night honors.
The southpaw Shevchenko specializes in Boxing, Muay Thai and Taekwondo while Nunes specializes in boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo.
Nunes has a three-inch height advantage and two-inch reach advantage. 71 percent of Nunes’ victories have come via KO or TKO while Shevchenko has recorded 39 percent of her wins by KO or TKO and 36 percent via submission.
Donald Cerrone Vs Robbie Lawler
Analysis: Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler (27-11) will be looking to rebound from his first round KO (punches) loss to Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 in July in which he lost his welterweight title in his third defense.
Veteran Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (32-8) is also looking to bounce back from his UFC on FOX loss to Jorge Masvidal in January. Ironically, both fighters had four-match winning streaks snapped in their last bouts.
Donald Cerrone has a two-inch height advantage, but Robbie Lawler has a one-inch reach advantage. Lawler has compiled an impressive 74 percent KO/TKO rate while Cerrone is the more well-rounded fighter having recorded 25 percent of his wins via KO or TKO and 50 percent by way of submission. Lawler is the favorites in the first career meeting between the two veterans MMA fighters.
Fabricio Werdum vs Alistair Overeem
Analysis: FabricioWerdum (21-6-1) will be looking to record his second straight win after losing his heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 in May of 2016. Werdum did manage to beat Travis Browne via unanimous decision at UFC 203 in September but lost his only career meeting against Alistair Overeem (42-15-1) when the pair met back in their Strikeforce days in June of 2011.
For his part, Overeem is also looking to record his second straight victory after beating Mark Hunt via third round KO (knees) at UFC 209 in March after also losing to Stipe Miocic in his previous fight. Overeem is the favorite despite suffering four losses over his last 10 fights dating back to 2013 while FabricioWerdum has won seven of his last eight bouts going back to 2012.
Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whitaker
Interim Middleweight Championship
Cuban-born Yoel Romero (13-1) will be looking to take another step toward superstar status when he takes on Robert Whitaker for the interim middleweight title. The 40-year-old Romero has won eight straight fights since suffering his only career loss and comes into this bout off a stunning third round TKO (flying knee and punches) win over veteran Chris Weidman at UFC 205 in November.
26-year-old New Zealand native Robert Whitaker has won seven straight fights and comes into UFC 213 off a thrilling second round TKO (head kick and punches) win over Ronaldo Souza at UFC on FOX in April. Romero is a former Cuban Olympic wrestler while Whitake holds two black belts in martial arts and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Anthony Pettis vs Jim Miller
33-year-old New Jersey native Jim Miller (28-9) is looking to rebound after losing to Dustin Poirier at UFC 208 in February after winning his previous three bouts. Overall though, Miller has struggled in rceent years and enters UFC 213 having lost five of his last nine fights overall dating back to 2014.
30-year-old Wisconsin native Anthony Pettis (19-6) is even more desperate after losing four of his last five fights, including his TKO (body kick and punches) loss to Max Holloway at UFC 206 in December.
Which desperate veteran gets the win here is anybody’s guess, but this one almost surely won’t end with both fighters standing.
Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik
34-year-old Hawaii native Travis Browne (19-5) will look to snap a two-fight losing streak that includes his unanimous decision loss to FabricioWerdum at UFC 203 in September. To make matters worse, Browne has struggled mightily in dropping three of his last four bouts and four of six overall.
39-year-old Russian AlekseiOleinik (51-10-1) has been fighting so long, it’s rumored he once battled Methuselah to a draw, but hey, I’m not one to bash old guys. All attempts at humor aside, Oleinik will look to bag his fourth career win in the UFC after beating Viktor Pesta via submission (Ezekiel choke) at UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Penn in January.
Oleinik lost his previous bout against Daniel Omielanczuk via majority decision last July, but that was the first time he tasted defeat since 2012, winning 11 straight fights during the decade-plus span.
Jordan Mein vs. Belal Muhammad
27-year-old Canadian Jordan Mein (29-11) will be looking to shake off two straight losses including his unanimous decision loss to Emil Weber Meek at UFC 206 in December. 28-year-old Chicago native Belal Muhammad (11-2) will look to record his second straight win after beating Randy Brown at UFC 208 in February via unanimous decision. Mein has lost three of his last five bouts while Muhammad has split his last four bouts. Mein has the big edge in experience, not to mention a one-inch height and reach advantage.
Alan Jouban vs. Brian Camozzi
35-year-old Louisiana native Alan Jouban (15-5) will be looking to get back in the win column after losing to Gunnar Nelson via submission (guillotine choke) at UFC Fight Night in March.
25-year-old Brian Camozzi (7-3), the brother of Chris Camozzi, is looking for his first UFC victory. The Colorado native lost his UFC debut via TKO to Randy Brown at UFC Fight Night 102 late last year.
Event: UFC 213: "Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko"
Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017, on pay-per-view (PPV)
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada.
Robbie Lawler vs Donald Cerrone
Fabricio Werdum vs Alistair Overrem
Anthony Pettis vs Jim Miller
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