Shevchenko: Amanda Nunes ‘didn’t seem to be herself’ vs. Julianna Peña, possible choices her to win rematch

Shevchenko: Amanda Nunes ‘didn’t seem to be herself’ vs. Julianna Peña, possible choices her to win rematch

Valentina Shevchenko is confident Amanda Nunes defeats Julianna Peña and reclaims the UFC bantamweight championship.

The UFC flyweight champion spotted what came about the main time Nunes and Peña fought at UFC 269, where the ‘Venezuelan Vixen’ stunned the sector with a second-round rear-naked choke of the ‘Lioness’ this earlier December. Given her experience with the former two-division champion (Shevchenko out of place to Nunes by the use of solution at UFC 196 and UFC 215, respectively), ‘Bullet’ thought Nunes was once ‘off’ that night time time on account of she was once now not the an identical girl she shared the Octagon with two instances. Nunes has since confirmed that she entered the battle with Peña injured, as both of her knees have been compromised in training.

Injuries aside, Shevchenko expects Nunes to correct her wrong and return to form inside the much-anticipated rematch towards Peña at UFC 277 on Saturday.

“I imagine Amanda [wins],” Shevchenko advised Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “On account of I felt in her ultimate battle towards Julianna, she roughly didn’t seem to be herself. I don’t know [what] such a large amount of elements affected that — family, training camp, pals at the gym or regardless of — then again she didn’t look the an identical way once we fought together. She was once completely different. Body kind, mental kind, point of interest kind, completely different. So my concepts, if she will be the equivalent Amanda who I know, she will win the battle.”

Even if she has predicted a win for Nunes, Shevchenko lauded Peña and outlined why she should now not be written off. Shevchenko moreover fought Peña, submitting her by the use of second-round armbar at UFC on FOX 23 over 5 years up to now.

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“It’s a battle,” said Shevchenko. “You on no account know what’s going to happen. Julianna, she’s a powerful opponent, she’s a furious opponent and he or she is conscious about how so much energy is on her now to finally end up that she’s a real champion. And she will get ready for the battle like crazy, merely get rid of the whole thing going on outside the battle and easily point of interest on that. To conquer Amanda and get her confirmation that she’s a real champion. So it’s an excessively laborious opponent, then again I nevertheless think [Amanda wins]. Alternatively proper right here it’s a lot of ‘if’. If that happens, it will be this result. If this happens, it’s going to be like…it’s a lot of ‘if’.

“So let’s see,” endured Shevchenko. “We can say regardless of we can say, then again the battle is precise and it will show who’s the best.”

Following her most recent coverage towards Taila Santos at UFC 275 in June, Shevchenko hinted at returning to 135 pounds for a shot at the winner of Peña and Nunes. She revealed that risk continues to be being considered, then again it is on the once more burner for now as she intends to stay at 125 pounds for her next glance.

UFC 277 is taking place on Saturday at the American Airlines Heart in Dallas, Texas.

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