Valentina Shevchenko heads into her first headlining bout as a UFC champion and while it’s no longer a pay-per-glimpse, it’s miles one more for “Bullet” to expand her rapid rising fanbase.
A local of Kyrgyzstan who speaks fluent Spanish attributable to her deep Peruvian roots, Shevchenko makes for a grand headliner because the Octagon makes its debut in Uruguay on Saturday. Nonetheless, all this focus on of smartly-known person strength would per chance well breeze out the window if she can’t tackle an mature nemesis, Liz Carmouche.
The two clashed encourage in September 2010 and Carmouche defeated Shevchenko by lower stoppage within the second spherical. It stays the single time that Shevchenko has been accomplished in MMA.
A combat that desires no storyline is the welterweight co-main tournament between Vicente Luque and Mike Perry. Luque is a finisher of the top seemingly clarify, having picked up all nine of his UFC wins by knockout or submission. Perry’s finishing capability has dwindled as his competition has improved, but he’s also matured as a fighter, outpointing extra experienced opponents esteem Alex Oliveira and Paul Felder. Followers can request this one to both personal a violent and rapid discontinue or became a 3-spherical war.
In other main card action, unbeaten Uruguayan featherweight Luiz Eduardo Garagorri makes his UFC debut in opposition to Humberto Bandenay, a twice-delayed gentle heavyweight bout between Volkan Oezdemir and Ilir Latifi within the slay goes down, Brazilian jiu-jitsu celeb Rodolfo Vieira competes within the Octagon for the first time when he meets Oskar Piechota in a middleweight bout, and featherweights Enrique Barzola and Bobby Moffett glimpse to procure encourage on the winning observe as soon as they clash within the opener.
What: UFC Uruguay
The place: Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay
When: Saturday, Aug. 10. The complete card will air on the ESPN+ streaming carrier with the seven-combat preliminaries starting at 5 p.m. ET and the six-combat main card starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Valentina Shevchenko isn’t going to let history repeat itself.
Let’s give Liz Carmouche her simply admire. She’s an awfully sturdy fighter with substantial timing on her takedowns and trips, and he or she works smartly from high situation. It’s no longer that noteworthy of a stretch to envision a drawl of affairs where Carmouche rankings a pair of timely takedowns within the first two rounds and wears Shevchenko down en path to an upset decision favor.
It’s even more straightforward to envision the extra anticipated consequence: Shevchenko dices Carmouche up with her kickboxing and has her manner with the challenger for thus prolonged because the combat lasts. “Bullet” is an beautiful grappler as smartly and it’s fully imaginable that she surprises Carmouche with takedowns of her have to defend up Carmouche guessing.
Carmouche has never been knocked out, so hanging her down with strikes will seemingly be a exact test of Shevchenko’s highly vaunted hanging skills. I agree with she’ll boom the general equipment here, hurting Carmouche on the feet earlier than finishing with a submission on the ground. It’s even imaginable that Shevchenko ends the combat with an armbar, right esteem Ronda Rousey did when Carmouche challenged her for the UFC bantamweight title six years ago.
Must that occur, it’s Carmouche who will personal a sickening sense of deja vu.
Can we give some kudos to the matchmakers for hanging this one together? It’s no doubt the top seemingly pairing of two warring parties who personal shown means to be contenders at 170 pounds for future years encourage. Vicente Luque is nearer to the high-10, but Mike Perry has shown how his all-around game and poise personal improved with unanimous decision wins over quality opponents in two of his top seemingly three fights.
Perry restful packs plenty of punch too. As prolonged as it’s been since his top seemingly KO, it’s laborious to shake the image of him smashing Alex Reyes and Jake Ellenberger. He’s simply blessed with the roughly finishing instincts you may per chance well’t direct. The identical will seemingly be acknowledged of Luque, who is among the suitable in any weight class at hanging an exclamation level on his performances.
One main distinction is the indisputable truth that Luque is a risk to enact on the ground and that can be where he decides to breeze if a firefight with Perry blazes uncontrolled. That added dimension has me pondering he’s obtained the miniature advantage in what’s going to be a short combat. If Luque doesn’t procure an early submission, I seek him getting the upper of Perry in a means three-spherical brawl.
Humberto Bandenay is a growing southpaw striker who likes to throw all the pieces with strength. He’s obtained right dimension for a featherweight, but hasn’t no doubt been in a station to leverage his bodily items contained within the Octagon in any indispensable manner. His jab is non-existent, so he relies on walking his opponents down and the specter of a counters to terminate the distance.
That would per chance well no longer be a scream in opposition to the debuting Luiz Eduardo Garagorri, who has been a first-spherical combat finisher in South The United States’s regional scene. If he wades appropriate into Bandenay’s differ, it would per chance well well also procure for a short, crowd-superb combat. Garagorri likes to throw spinning kicks, which is sure to pop the fans in his dwelling nation.
That enhance is what I request to push Garagorri to a favor in a bout featuring two warring parties who are restful unproven on the high level of MMA. Both the judges will seemingly be swayed by the loud reaction to Garagorri’s offense, or the person himself will arrangement on the energy of his fellow Uruguayans to gut out a call favor.
It’s seemingly you’ll well presumably also personal gotten to surprise if Volkan Oezdemir grew to became impartial a exiguous gun skittish after being accomplished by Daniel Cormier and Anthony Smith. In each of these instances, Oezdemir looked drained earlier than being accomplished on the ground, that would per chance well presumably boom why he used to be hesitant in his razor-thin break up decision loss to Dominick Reyes.
At his finest, Oezdemir specializes in discovering dinky openings to land big punches, which methodology he desires so as to personal plenty of success in opposition to Ilir Latifi, who isn’t the suitable defensive fighter. Nonetheless, Latifi is also incredibly explosive, a trait that gave Oezdemir trigger of stop within the Reyes combat.
Oezdemir has his encourage in opposition to the wall coming off his third straight loss and desperation would per chance well play a element here. Extra seemingly, it’s Oezdemir’s accuracy and superior leg length that can give him the advantage in opposition to Latifi. I’m no longer assured Latifi can terminate the distance on Oezdemir with out racy the roughly short, grand strike that has became one of Oezdemir’s emblems.
Oezdemir by knockout.
They would per chance well personal picked the next opponent to showcase the Brazilian jiu-jitsu mastery of Rodolfo Vieira, but one can seek why the matchmakers booked this one.
Oskar Piechota has a functional ground game, so he won’t be entirely lost must restful Vieira favor him down. Extra importantly, he’ll procure Vieira work to procure that takedown and that has been the downfall of many grappling specialists. A rapid finisher, Vieira’s cardio is essentially untested.
What’s sharp about Vieira is that in his five pro bouts to this level, he has looked extra happy on the feet than that you can request, that can relief him conserve plenty of energy when taking pictures in. His main purpose must restful restful be to expose this exact into a submission contest, a game that Piechota has almost zero likelihood of winning.
Vieira lives as much as the hype here and will get an early tap-out.
This matchup between Enrique Barzola and Bobby Moffett has the aptitude to be a relaxing one.
Barzola has one purpose when he will get within the cage, he’s going to breeze for takedowns and no longer end till his opponent’s butt is on the mat. It’s a formulation that’s worked smartly for him and it’ll be top seemingly for Moffett, who doesn’t personal the ideal takedown protection. What Moffett does utter to the table is an enthusiasm for scrambles and a unhealthy D’Arce choke.
Successfully securing that defend it up the mountainous Barzola appears to be like unlikely, but right the specter of it would per chance well well also relief Moffett to dash into advantageous positions on the mat or procure Barzola agree with twice about his entries.
One would per chance well argue that Moffett desires to be 0-2 within the UFC after earning a controversial submission favor over Chas Skelly in his debut. There’s no questioning he has a ton of heart though, I right don’t agree with this may well be enough to outlast Barzola in a 15-minute combat this time around.