Alex Chambers’ UFC 215 Women's Bantamweight Preview: Amanda Nunes v Valentina Shevchenko

Amanda Nunes v Valentina Shevchenko | Sunday, September 10, 1.30pm (AEST), Rogers Place, Edmonton, Canada 

As a fighter when we are in camp, our whole lives revolve around the fight we’re preparing for.

Once we’re inside the Octagon we bear with us about 99 percent of mental and physical obstacles that the public eye will never be made aware of. Why?

Because it’s our duty to 'show up' and that's what makes us distinct from other athletes

As one of my closest friends, hearing of Amanda's illness during UFC 213 in Las Vegas was heartbreaking.

She’s a rare breed of not only a person (one of the best people I know) but a rare breed of fighter.

So, a lot of people have asked me was it serious?

Yes, it was.

Fast forward from being days away to UFC 215 in Edmonton, Canada and I know she’s just happy to finish business.

As fight week starts I think this bantamweight title fight and the reality of what is scheduled to occur in the Octagon will really begin to materialise.

I'm so excited for this fight and I know Amanda has worked so hard both mentally and physically to successfully defend her belt.

More importantly, I know she is just so happy to fight because as fighters, it’s what we love to do and it’s a privilege to do it in the Octagon. 

The challenger Valentina "The Bullet" Shevchenko (pictured above) hasn't been shy making public her ability to expose the champ.

With a notable rally she made in the third round of their first meeting (back at UFC 196), The Bullet stands firm that she trumps The Lioness in many areas, particularly endurance.

With a five-round war as the stage this time around, the challenger sees these conditions favourably. 

Between UFC 213 and now the only difference for Amanda was to receive the medical care she needed.

Come fight night, I know she is just eager to finish what she started. 

The Verdict

The champ enters the Octagon with a nasty reputation, for her opponents that is.

With a scary streak of dominating round one finishes of the best bantamweight females in the world, 

I expect the Lioness to continue to impress again.

Many critics will be quick to chime in that The Bullet’s ability to go the distance in her first fight with the champ could be a red flag to the Lioness' streak.

But a look back at the champ’s last two fights over former bantamweight queens Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey reminds us harshly that Nunes has only become deadlier and better since then.

With that being said, I've said it once and I'll say it again, I have it for the Lioness. 

Unibet Odds: Amanda Nunes 2.00 Valentina Shevchenko 1.75

Tip: Amanda Nunes 

Method of victory: Nunes by submission 

Total Rounds: Under 3.5 

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