Speaking ahead of the clash in Singapore’s Indoor Stadium, fellow UFC Women’s Flyweight division fighter Alexa Grasso gave her take on the contest.
The 14-3 MMA (6-3 UFC) fighter is giving the edge to the champion, but she believes that she has the answer to defeating the reigning 125lb queen.
Here is what UFC Women’s Flyweight division fighter Alexa Grasso had to say about the upcoming title fight at UFC 275.
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Speaking to MMA Junkie, Grasso predicted that Shevchenko would retain her title on the night against Santos.
She said: “I think Taila is a very strong opponent. She always goes forward, looks for the fight, she has striking and ground game – she’s a very complete fighter.
“I do think she can give Valentina a lot of difficulties. But we do have a girl (in Shevchenko) that’s been training and fighting since she was young. She has a ton of experience when it comes to fighting.
“So I think it’s going to be a very good fight and very exciting. I’m dying to see it, but I do think Valentina is going to retain her title unless Taila surprises with a hard punch – because she does have power.”
Grasso would also reveal how she believes contenders need to go into Championship fights against Shevchenko, comparing it to the recent Amanda Nunes vs Julianna Pena contest.
She stated: “My personal opinion, and I saw this from personal experience: Sometimes when you fight an opponent with a lot of experience, a lot of fights, and you know she’s very good in a specific area, you sometimes enter feeling unsure.
“And unfortunately, that can play against you. I think that’s what’s happened with previous girls. They enter with fear, thinking, ‘Oh man, she’s going to hit me hard. She’s going to take me down,’ and that makes it hard for them to try.
“We saw it in the case of Julianna Peña. You could tell she had zero fear – zero fear. And what happened? She won (against Nunes). Of course, she did leave with a black eye and everything, but she went in without fear and was able to beat someone who was thought to be invincible. I think that’s the factor.
“Hopefully we can change that (way of thinking). Thankfully, I already changed it and now I enter a lot more confident and sure of myself in every fight. That’s my personal opinion. I think that’s it.”
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