This Saturday, UFC 213: Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC 213: Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko 2 Countdown
The lioness Nunes has been unstoppable the past two years. Finishing four out of five opponents en route to capturing and defending the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. Nunes defeated Miesha Tate at UFC 200 to become champ, with an impressive first round submission (rear-naked choke). Followed by a 48-second destruction of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in her first title defense at UFC 207.
At UFC on Fox 20, Shevchenko opened a lot of peoples eyes when she faced former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holmes in the main event. Going all five rounds in what was mostly a striking display, earning a unanimous decision victory. Shevchenko went on to shock fans with a second round armbar submission over Julianna Pena at UFC on Fox 23 to earn her rematch and title shot against Nunes.
Shevchenko is that one opponent Nunes wasn’t able to finish in the past two years. Although Nunes did pick up a unanimous decision. Securing the first two rounds, while Shevchenko seemed to just be hitting her stride in the 3rd round as Nunes was fading. Shevchenko feels if the fight would of went on to rounds 4 and 5 she would have won. Now she gets her chance to prove that and capture the UFC bantamweight championship in the process this Saturday in the main event. Do you think Shevchenko will get her revenge or will Nunes continue to impress?
UFC 213: Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker Countdown
UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping is nursing some injuries and will be out for a little longer than expected. So the UFC will have the two top-ranked middleweights who are well deserving of a title shot battle it out for the UFC interim middleweight championship, with the winner facing Bisping later this year.
Romero has a perfect 8-0 record inside the Octagon, finishing six out of eight opponents. Most recently taking out former UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman with a flying knee in the third round at UFC 205. Prior, Romero earned a close split decision over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC 194 and a knockout of Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 70.
Since the move back up to middleweight, Whittaker has been impressive. With wins over Brad Tavares, Uriah Hall, Rafael Natal and Derek Brunson. Just a few months ago Whittaker scored the biggest victory of his career, knocking out heavy favorite Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC on Fox 24 to earn an interim title bout against Romero.
Both men are fast, athletic and possess knockout power. Whittaker will have to fight the way he did against Jacare. Be smart, patient and pick your openings wisely. Romero can’t let Whittaker get comfortable, he needs to put the pressure on him early, threaten with takedowns and use his explosiveness.
UFC 213 Odds: Full Fight Card Presented by Ohmbet.com
Women’s Bantamweight: Amanda Nunes (c) (2.02) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (1.87)
Middleweight: Yoel Romero (2.10) vs. Robert Whittaker (1.80)
Heavyweight: Daniel Omielańczuk (6.50) vs. Curtis Blaydes (1.14)
Heavyweight: Fabrício Werdum (2.10) vs. Alistair Overeem (1.80)
Lightweight: Anthony Pettis (1.43) vs. Jim Miller (3.00)
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Heavyweight: Travis Browne (1.50) vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk (2.75)
Welterweight: Chad Laprise (1.18) vs. Brian Camozzi (5.45)
Middleweight: Thiago Santos (1.72) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (2.22)
Welterweight: Jordan Mein (2.47) vs. Belal Muhammad (1.60)
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Bantamweight: Rob Font (1.33) vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade (3.60)
Featherweight: Cody Stamann (1.37) vs. Terrion Ware (3.30)
Light Heavyweight: Trevin Giles (1.30) vs. James Bochnovic (3.83)