UFC 261: Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Andrade- Main Card Prediction and Analysis

Published 04/23/2021, 12:49 AM EDT


The women’s flyweight title will be defended at UFC 261 as Jessica Andrade takes on champion Valentina Shevchenko. The scrap is one of three title fights in the UFC’s capacity return for the first time since March 2020. Fans are excited to see the championships-caliber fighters in Shevchenko and Andrade leave it all on the line.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Both women have a history of pulling off spectacular finishes in pivotal moments in their careers. While Usman vs Masvidal is the attraction and Weili vs Namajunas is a technical battle, Shevchenko vs Andrade is the under-the-radar match-up that is likely to deliver. Furthermore, fans are excited to see Valentina Shevchenko take on arguably the toughest test of her title run.

DIVE DEEPER

‘I’ll Beat You With One Hand’- Uriah Hall Believes He Would ‘Kill’ Jake Paul In A Fight

22 days ago

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

UFC 261: Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Andrade

The Bullet’ is on a six-fight win streak and hasn’t been defeated since losing a close decision to Amanda Nunes. She’s coming off a title defense over Jennifer Maia from UFC 255 back in November 2020. Shevchenko has set a gold standard for title challengers, and time will tell if Jessica Andrade can fit the bill.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 21: (L-R) Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan punches Jennifer Maia of Brazil in their women’s flyweight championship bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Shevchenko’s technical ability on the feet is virtually unmatched and her speed will be a focal point of her offense. The veteran champion uses a plethora of kicks to disrupt any forward momentum her opponent may gain on her. ‘Bate Estaca’ will want to fight up close, and Valentina Shevchenko will most certainly use tools to squash that from happening.

‘Bate Estaca’- On a mission for gold

‘Bate Estaca’ lives up to her moniker and is a powerhouse pile-driving machine in every sense of the word. She’s coming off a TKO win over top challenger Katlyn Chookagian via punches to the body in October. While she’s lost 2 of her last four, both losses came to champions of the strawweight division in Zhang Weili and Rose Namajunas.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Rose Namajunas battles Jessica Andrade in their strawweight fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Jessica Andrade is extremely physical in her offensive output and is relentless when it comes to forward pressure. Very few fighters are able to keep up with her intensity, and she’s a menace to keep at range. Shevchenko will be well advised to stay on the outside and pick off Andrade with sniper-like precision over a battle of brute force.

Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko to claim a unanimous decision

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Darryl Pinto

1460 articles

Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT