The UFC 255 is approaching quickly. With less than four weeks remained, all eyes are already on one of the co-headlines of the mixed martial arts event: The fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Jennifer Maia. And let’s break it to you why this is.

The event, which will take place on November 21, at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, has as headline the bout between the current champion Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez. Perez replaced Cody Garbrandt, on October 2nd, after Garbrandt pulled out because of a torn biceps.

And, as previously mentioned, the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship bout between the current champion Shevchenko and Maia will co-headline the night.

This will be the fourth time Shevchenko defends her title. She won it in December 2018, at UFC 231 in Toronto, against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The last fight in which she defended her title was this February, against Katlyn Chookagian, at UFC 247, in Houston.

With an incredible 19-3 winning record in MMA, the 32 years old has established herself as a great champion of the UFC. Almost a third of her wins came through KO or TKO. She is a former Muay Thai fighter, winning eight gold medals at the World Championships. Most of these medals came between 2006 and 2010, when she took a break from the MMA fights, already having a 7-0 record in this matter.

Shevchenko also has a 2-0 professional boxing record, and a 57-2 kickboxing record, showing that she is a force not only in Muay Thai, where she is an International Master of Sports, but also a Master of Sports in boxing, judo, kickboxing, and taekwondo.

The fight against Jennifer Maia

The champion was supposed to put up her title for the fourth time against Joanne Calderwood, in June. However, Shevchenko sustained a leg injury, so she was replaced by Jennifer Maia.

Maia defeated Calderwood at the beginning of August, at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan, in Las Vegas. The win was via armbar in the first round. That was her 18th MMA victory, having six losses and one draw.

Maia, who has a black belt in Muay Thai, enjoys a 3-0 professional boxing record also, and currently is number 3 in the UFC women’s flyweight rankings.

She won the interim Invicta FC Flyweight Championship, in March 2016, being later promoted to undisputed champion. Maia defended her title two times, being defeated by Liz Carmouche at UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Ivanov, in July 2018. Carmouche is also the only one who defeated Shevchenko other than through decision, back in 2010.

The fight against Carmouche is the debut of Maia at The Ultimate Fighting Championship, where she recorded three wins and two defeats.

Which one is the favorite?

When it comes to the favorite at this fight, the decision in unanimous. Not only the fights record, but also the fans and those who like online sports bets made their call. And that is Valentina Shevchenko.

She has the incredible -1250 odds at Unibet, while her opponent has +700. And the predictions are also over 90% in favor of Shevchenko, so it easy to say who will be the outright star of the fight. Still we will have to wait until November 21, enjoy the show, and cheer for the winner.
The two not only have never met, but they have never fought in the same event. Maia is in the UFC arena since 2018, while Shevchenko already has five years of experience at this level. She recorded eight wins and two defeats since, which makes her one of the most feared fighters in the world.

 

 

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