The never-ending series of UFC events continues this weekend when the MMA returns to South America for an event in Uruguay. The undercard looks promising, but make no mistake about the event that all UFC fans are excited to see. The Women’s Flyweight Championship bout will make all of the headlines as Valentina Shevchenko defends the gold against Liz Carmouche. The bout will give Shevchenko a chance to gain retribution after she suffered her first-ever defeat in the octagon at the hands of Carmouche in 2010. However, it’s unlikely that this bout will follow suit.
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Shevchenko is undoubtedly one of the most instantly recognizable fighters in the UFC, and that is highlighted by the fact that all three of her defeats were questionable outcomes. The two defeats to Amanda Nunes in 2016 and 2017 were both agonisingly close decisions and could have gone either way, while the defeat against Carmouche was a strange decision. Footage of the bout has never been seen, but officially the bout was called off due to retirement which is always a confusing decision. Carmouche caught Shevchenko with an upper-kick that cut her immediately. The referee called the doctor in before deciding to give the win to the in-experienced fighter. If she is able to repeat this performance again in this rematch, then it would cause a seismic shock in the MMA world. BetXChange currently offers a price of 7.00 for Carmouche, which just highlights how much of an outside she is to win this contest.
The challenger has won four of her last five bouts, with her only defeat coming against Alexis Davis by a split decision. She has more than deserved her shot at the flyweight champion, and it will be interesting to see how she deals with Shevchenko this time around. When they first met, Carmouche was massively inexperienced while Shevchenko had been competing for seven years. It’s even more confusing to consider when you realise the challenger is actually older than the more experienced champion. This does show how good Shevchenko has been throughout her career as she was able to hold her own against the best in the UFC while she was a teenager in her early days.
More recently, however, Shevchenko has won three straight bouts and five of her last six. She also revealed recently that her loss back in 2010 shouldn’t have stood as the blow that did the damage to her was conceded as illegal by both herself and her coaches. However, the result stood, and the UFC revealed that the result wouldn’t be overturned. This means that this will be the chance to rectify one of the main blemishes on her record, and it’s hard to see the fight not going the way that Shevchenko envisions.
This should be a high-quality match up, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out between Shevchenko and a fighter that has previously had her number. The previous fight between the pair was the best part of a decade ago, and the skills of both fighters have improved since then, and for that reason, it is impossible to bet against Shevchenko.