Nunes vs Shevchenko 2 UFC 213 Odds & PickNoah Williams
While Ronda Rousey had the ‘Rowdy’ completely beaten out of her and Holly Holm has been humbled to a certain degree, reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes (14-4) and to a slightly lesser degree, Valentina ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko (14-2) are now clearly, the top two female fighters in all of mixed martial arts.
With the reigning champ Nunes looking to make her second title defense while beating Shevchenko for the second time in as many meetings, MMA bettors everywhere need to know what’s going to go down when the two elite fighters square off in their title bout at UFC 213 on Saturday, July 8, live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Thanks to my expert analysis and prediction on the championship affair, you’re going to have a great idea of just what to expect this coming weekend.
Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko 2 UFC 213 Odds & Pick
UFC 213 Nunes vs Shevchenko
Women’s Bantamweight Championship Fight
When: Saturday, July 8 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Odds: Valentina Shevchenko -105 vs Amanda Nunes -115
Why Bet on Amanda Nunes Odds at -115
Amanda Nunes (14-4) is the slight favorite to make a second successful defense of the bantamweight title she won when she pounded beat the hell out of Rousey at UFC 207 in December. The 29-year-old,, 5’5” Nunes has won five straight fights, including her title win over Miesha ‘Cupcake’ Tate at UFC 200 last July and her title defense win over Rousey in December.
The Brazilian-born Nunes has a 69-inch reach and has 10 wins via TKO and three by way of submission while suffering a pair of KO losses and one submission defeat in her career.
Nunes stunned Rousey in a mind-boggling 48 seconds in the first round thanks to a series of vicious punches that left Rousey battered and broken on the canvas. Nunes also beat Valentina Shevchenko (14-2) via unanimous decision at UFC 196 in March of 2016, although the fight was only a three round matchup. Nunes specializes in boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo.
Why Bet on Valentina Shevchenko Odds at -105
29-year-old Russian Valentina Shevchenko has won two straight fights and seven of her last eight with her only loss since 20111 coming against Nunes, although she clearly put up a great effort. The 5’5” Shevchenko has recorded four wins via TKO and six more by way of decision while suffering one TKO loss and one decision defeat in her career. The southpaw who specializes in Tiger Muay Thai has a 67-inch reach and recorded a unanimous 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 specializes in Boxing, Muay Thai and Taekwondo.
UFC 213 Nunes vs Shevchenko Prediction
While I really like Amanda Nunes and she reminds me of a female version of legendary ‘street brawler’ Joe Frazier, I’m going to urge you to go against the grain and back the slight underdog in this title bout, if only because no woman has apparently been able to hang on to the bantamweight title for more than one or two fights in recent times.
While 71 percent of Nunes’ victories have come via KO or TKO, I like the fact that Valentina Shevchenko is a more versatile fighter that has won 39 percent of her fights via KO or TKO and a nearly identical 36 percent via submission. Don’t be shocked when eh gets the upset, but Valentina Shevchenko is the pick in a fourth round submission.