UFC Uruguay Main Event Preview: Valentina Shevchenko vs Liz Carmouche 2
In a sport, which is still as young as MMA, there is still plenty of the world that is yet to see the octagon in person.
For the first time in history, the UFC will travel to Uruguay with a main event for the women’s flyweight championship.
One of the best talents we’ve seen in recent years, Valentina Shevchenko, will defend her world title against a woman who has previously defeated her, Liz Carmouche.
Shevchenko has stood out for her incredibly high level striking which originated from her extensive Muay Thai and kick boxing background. This level of striking even exceeded former boxing champion Holly Holm, which she exhibited in their bout in 2016.
In her first title shot against Amanda Nunes, many felt she was unlucky not to have been crowned world champion. Despite being agonisingly close to world title glory at bantamweight, the opportunity to contest for the inaugural flyweight title against Joanna Jędrzejczyk presented itself and her frame was more than suited to make the 125-pound limit.
She produced a clinic to become world champion and, in her first defence, she landed one of the most frightening head kicks the sport of MMA has ever seen against Jessica Eye. Going into her next fight momentum is clearly on her side, but her opponent has every reason to be confident as she’s triumphed over the champion in the past.
All the way back in 2010 the pair met in a regional promotion in which Shevchenko was stopped by the doctor in the second round. Since then, Carmouche has also fought for world honours against Ronda Rousey, a fight in which she was submitted via arm bar. However, she returned to winning ways in a victory against future champion Jessica Andrade.
Her last two bouts have been victories against Jennifer Maia and Lucie Pudilova respectively and now seems the perfect time to set up a rematch between the two.
History will be made this week as the octagon breaks new grounds and the main event is sure to be an interesting one. Shevchenko looks to reinforce her position at the top of the flyweight tree while Carmouche takes her second shot at the strap and with history on her side, she’ll have every faith that it will be her arm being raised on Saturday night.