Preview and prediction for Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade at UFC 261
UFC 261 is being introduced as a highly-hyped night time of motion, as it will likely be the UFC’s first reside occasion in entrance of a sold-out crowd since March 2020, and the promotion can be bringing three title fights to associate with the celebration.
To kick off the championship motion on the primary card, Valentina Shevchenko will search for one other protection of the UFC ladies’s flyweight championship, whereas Jessica Andrade seems for UFC gold in a second weight class.
Shevchenko has regarded almost unbeatable since arriving on the UFC (her solely losses have come to Amanda Nunes), however she has regarded particularly harmful at 125. After her destruction of Priscila Cachoeira, Shevchenko received the championship by defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231.
Shevchenko has since retained the championship towards Jessica Eye, Liz Carmouche, Katlyn Chookagian and Jennifer Maia.
Andrade received seven of eight between June 2016 and Could 2019 (with the one loss coming to then-strawweight champ Jedrzejczyk), finally culminating in knocking out Rose Namajunas with a slam to win the UFC ladies’s strawweight championship in her house nation of Brazil at UFC 237.
Andrade, nonetheless, misplaced the title shortly in her first protection towards Weili Zhang and dropped a rematch to Namajunas through break up determination. Andrade moved to flyweight and scored a late, first-round end of Chookagian at UFC Battle Island 6 in October to earn the title shot.
With a win, Andrade will grow to be the second feminine UFC fighter to win gold in two weight courses, following Nunes (albeit not concurrently on this situation).
Who will win at UFC 261: Valentina Shevchenko or Jessica Andrade?
Wanting on the Story of the Tape, Shevchenko could have four-inch benefits in each peak and attain.
In keeping with the FightMetrics, Andrade has far and away a greater placing output, however their placing accuracy percentages are close to even. Shevchenko, in the meantime, clearly holds the higher placing protection numbers.
Each can common a number of takedowns per quarter-hour, however much like the placing offensive numbers, Andrade has the higher amount, whereas their success percentages are almost even. Each are additionally close to even of their takedown protection percentages.
Andrade has some completely dominant energy that may win her a struggle within the blink of an eye fixed. The slam KO of Namajunas goes down as an all-timer, and her first-round knockout of Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 228 solidified Andrade as a significant feminine star within the UFC. She’s rightfully, broadly thought-about Shevchenko’s hardest check for the reason that rematch with Nunes, however is that basically going to be sufficient?
Andrade goes to should get inside and land on the button towards Shevchenko. Whereas that could be doable, particularly in the event that they get within the clinch, it’s quite a bit simpler stated than finished.
Shevchenko is understood for her crisp, technical and pin-point placing within the Octagon. That’s solely made higher right here contemplating she has the bodily benefit over Andrade along with her Muay Thai arsenal.
On the bottom, Andrade, once more, dominates with energy, however Shevchenko goes to be one that offers her the hardest of duties.
Andrade could also be too powerful of a combatant to be stopped by Shevchenko, however mark this one as one other profitable title protection for “Bullet” Shevchenko.
Prediction: Shevchenko through unanimous determination
UFC 261 takes place on Saturday, April 24, 2021, reside from the VyStar Area in Jacksonville, FL. Observe together with FanSided for all of your reside information and highlights.