Miesha Tate Dissects Nunes-Shevchenko 1, Explains Effect On UFC 213 Rematch

Miesha Tate Dissects Nunes-Shevchenko 1, Explains Effect On UFC 213 Rematch

Most of the time the pressure and power-punching is too much for the opposition and they fold under the Nunes offensive. Rousey was no match for Nunes, who won by TKO in only 48 seconds in the first round.

Dana White told John Morgan from MMA Junkie, women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk got ahold of White and wanted to fight Shevchenko. No, Nunes faces Valentina Shevchenko, a talented yet unidentifiable challenger in the eyes of much of the sports world. She couldn't control herself. That victory over Pena earned her a title shot.

"I still feel like I have to keep winning", Nunes (14-4) said in a phone interview. Since then, Nunes has defeated former titleholders Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey to sit atop the 135-pound division. The striking defense for Tate and Rousey could only be described as poor. "Lots of people won and lost this belt, but I already won it and I kept it in my first fight as the champion". From the staredown until the knockout finish, Nunes' confidence and composure never wavered. "Lioness" last appeared at UFC 207 on December 30, when she knocked out Ronda Rousey in 48 seconds.

Shevchenko is known, understandably, for a world-class combination of Muay Thai, kickboxing and taekwondo. The former dominant champion and trailblazer has yet to officially retire from the sport, but seven months removed from most recent outing, we can safely assume her time inside the cage has come to a close.

However, there is one notable chink in her armour: her stamina. UFC has announced four fights that will be a part of the main card. She used heavy top position to win the opening round. But Shevchenko is back and this evening could see the Russian crowned champion.

"If the last fight had one minute more, it would maybe be a different result", Shevchenko said.

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MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani first reported the situation.

Shevchenko can't be content to yield the opening exchanges. Pettis last fought Max Holloway at UFC 206 where he was TKO'd in the third round.

Nunes' cardio has to hold up better.

What really stood out in this bout was her ability to turn it on in the championship rounds. There is no doubt in my mind that these are the two best female bantamweights in the world and this weekend they will prove it. Tape suggests that their footwork in the clinch is where this fight gets decided.

Looking to take that belt is Valentina Shevchenko. Both showcased deft trips last March, as damage inflicted in top position made all the difference.

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