MMA Preview – Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia at UFC 255

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VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VS JENNIFER MAIA FACTS

When is UFC 255? Sunday 22nd November, 2020 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 255? UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC 255? No tickets are available as this event will take place without spectators

What channel is UFC 255 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 255? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VS JENNIFER MAIA LOWDOWN

There is a case for Valentina Shevchenko (19-3) being the most skilled and well-rounded fighter in all of MMA let alone her division. She is in a league of her own at flyweight with contenders in short supply. Her only losses in the UFC are to the female GOAT and larger Amanda Nunes who she took to a split decision in their rematch and arguably won. She then dropped down to 125 lbs and has won all her fights convincingly. She earnt a decision over Joanna Jedrzejczyk to win the vacant belt and picked off Jessica Eye, Liz Carmouche and Katlyn Chookagian with ease.

Jennifer Maia (18-6-1) is hoping to scupper Shevchenko’s fourth title defence but it will be one of the biggest upsets in UFC history. She has earnt the title shot with a one-fight win streak illustrating the shallowness of the division. She lost a unanimous decision to Chookagian but is coming off an impressive and dominant win over Joanne Calderwood, submitting her in the first round.

VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VS JENNIFER MAIA PREDICTION

Maia’s only threat is her jitsu-jitsu, but she is taking on a champion who has seven submission wins and who has never been submitted herself. If the fight does go to the ground, a jiu-jitsu battle would be a fascinating contest with Shevchenko likely to come out on top.

If Shevchenko does see a threat in Maia’s ground game, she has the experience and skill to to dictate exactly where the fight goes and that is likely to be on the feet with clinch work. Maia is a good boxer, but Shevchenko is a decorated Muay Thai and kickboxing champion with some of the best technique in the UFC. Maia has the toughness to take this to a decision but over five rounds we back Shevchenko for a comfortable night and finish.

Prediction: Shevchenko via KO/TKO

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