UFC Flyweights Andrea Lee and Antonina Shevchenko Booked to Scrap at UFC 262 in May

Published 02/27/2021, 12:07 AM EST


UFC women’s flyweights, Andrea Lee and Antonina Shevchenko will meet in the middle on May 15 at UFC 262. The flyweight division is open for the taking, and contenders are looking to streamline a streak to get a title shot. Valentina Shevchenko has maintained a stranglehold over the weight class and her rein sees almost no end in sight.

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An interesting contrast in the bout obviously comes in through the relationship shared between Antonina and her sister Valentina. ‘La Pantera’ hasn’t been quite as consistent as her sister, however, her aspirations for greatness are evenly matched. The bout was first reported by MMA Junkie and comes in as a good opportunity for both women to make a splash.

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UFC women’s flyweights: Andrea Lee vs Antonina Shevchenko

‘KGB’ Lee is on a three-fight skid in the organization and she’s potentially fighting for her spot on the roster. Prior to the skid, she was on a seven-fight streak and was potentially on a run towards a championship fight. However, two of her three recent losses were closely contested split decisions that perhaps buys her some leeway.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 12: (R-L) Andrea Lee lands a spinning back fist against Roxanne Modafferi in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Andrea Lee is predominantly a decision fighter who prioritizes slowing down the bout to her pace. However, ‘KGB’ Lee can turn on the volume at will, especially when she senses a decline in her opponent’s output. Defensive responsibility in close range will be required, especially after seeing Antonina’s crisp striking in her last fight.

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‘La Pantera’: stepping up to the plate

Antonina Shevchenko is 2-2 in her last four outings and that comes in as the main narrative of her career. She hasn’t been consistent throughout, however, ‘La Pantera’ is determined to change that going forward. She’s coming off arguably one of her most emphatic performances of her career through her TKO win over Ariane Lipski.

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

Shevchenko has shown dynamism in the striking department and certain facets of her game are derived from training with ‘The Bullet’. Furthermore, it’s clear that she’s more than competent on the ground and she’s able to impose her skills. Antonina Shevchenko will have to be efficient with her gas tank to make sure she keeps up with Lee’s pace.

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Darryl Pinto

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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.

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