Jennifer Maia had Twitter humming when she smothered champ Valentina Shevchenko in the 2nd round of their flyweight title battle on Saturday at UFC255
Envision what Jessica Andrade would certainly do, UFC Head of state Dana White asked after Shevchenko retook control and also won the fight.
Maia was a huge underdog to uncrown the champion, reaching as high as +1100 on several online betting web sites. Shevchenko, that quickly won the first round of the battle, never ever recalled after losing action and secured 49-46 scorecards with all three courts after 25 mins.
White was asked whether Shevchenko should not be re-paired with two-division champion Amanda Nunes, who’s beaten her on 2 occasions and also seems the only challenge the flyweight champ is far from guaranteed to win. The UFC executive sees Andrade as a much better choice.
” I think Andrade vs. Shevchenko is a very fun battle, as well as things I like concerning that fight is that Shevchenko’s at an area in her occupation where she requires a challenger that individuals believe really has a possibility of defeating her, as well as I think most of us know that Andrade does,” White claimed.
Andrade went up to the flyweight department earlier this year after she lost the belt to current champ Zhang Weili and afterwards shed a split decision against ex-champ Rose Namajunas in a rematch of the battle she won to take the title.
When a bantamweight, Andrade battled above her natural weight class for her early UFC occupation.
“Andrade is going to bring her a lot of points she’s never ever seen before, not to state the power Andrade has.
” She just knocked the No. 2 girl in the world with a body shot. She’s a genuine issue for Shevchenko that [Shevchenko is] mosting likely to have to determine, and if she does, I assume the fight that makes extra feeling is, Zhang will deal with right here quickly, as well as after Weili fights, maybe you do those 2.”
Weili, the present champ at 115 extra pounds, is a lot earlier into her tenure as champ, having actually safeguarded the belt for the very first time versus once-dominant titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a “Battle of the Year” prospect. Thus far, she has yet to face the objection that’s adhered to Shevchenko in battles that were far more tactical than explosive.
Until the champion rounds, Shevchenko vs. Maia trod at times, with both competitors a lot more eager to secure and also hold setting on the ground than shuffle or fight. Where Maia flipped the script remained in her capability to manage the champ for 5 minutes, creating the impact of a much more even fight.
Dominant champs commonly obtain despair for not earning the coatings of their earlier careers, but White doesn’t agree that Shevchenko played it totally risk-free.
You fight your own fight. You combat the method you need to deal with. She was selecting her apart at the end of that battle.
” I’m thinking from all the battles I have actually seen that Maia’s nose was damaged.
If anything, Shevchenko verified that she might involve fans just with a mild slip. Live wagering probabilities that had her as the preferred plunged after that 2nd round. One far better had supposedly wagered $12,000 on Shevchenko to win a mere $600
” I wager you that knucklehead … was going crazy in the second round,” White grinned. “But even though she lost the second round, she looked completely leading tonight.”