LOS ANGELES — The UFC’s last two champion vs. champion fights have been bad news to the title-holder from the higher weight category.

First, then-featherweight champion Conor-mcgregor scored a second-round TKO of Eddie Alvarez to assert the lightweight belt in UFC 205 back in 20-16. Then, light heavyweight kingpin Daniel Cormier did McGregor just one better by rising to heavyweight and defeating champion Stipe Miocic in the opening stanza in UFC 226 in July.

But so far as Valentina Shevchenko can be involved, the streak of fighters moving up and claiming brand new straps will wind at UFC 232.

This ’s women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will fulfill featherweight titleholder Cris Cyborg in a bout on Dec. 29 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“she’ll finish it maybe third, maybe fourth around. ”

Shevchenko, who defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk to the vacant flyweight name at UFC 231 on Dec. 8 Toronto, has strong understanding of both competitors.

The stand out kickboxer went with Nunes for five rounds last year in UFC 215, only to show up just short in a razor-thin split-decision, a verdict Shevchenko harshly disputes to the particular afternoon. And now she ’s been training with Cyborg in the lead-up to the particular fight, which has put first-hand knowledge behind her belief that Cyborg will win.

“I realize this type of training, as Cris, she’s not a fighter who is just starting her fight career, she had been fighting years past,” Shevchenko said. “Same with me personally. I had been fighting, had my first MMA fight in 2002, so we’re in busy game for a long time and the same soul of martial arts is ordinary. ”

Nunes, that was simply the larger competitor in last year’s match up with Shevchenko, used a point-fighting style to eke out the decision. However, Cyborg, that had been simply Strikeforce and Invicta featherweight champ earlier claiming the name within the UFC, is known for her relentless pressure, and it has shown an ability to maintain up it as the bout goes along. Therefore Shevchenko says Nunes won’t be ready to play with the identical match with much success.

“[Nunes] will begin good, I presume she will give exactly the exact tactics she had been doing on my fight, attempting to prevent the obvious fight, attempting to maneuver out of this way, attempting to gain things,” Shevchenko said.

“Not too much damage, however more things. Never know what can happen. Try some takedowns or some thing like this. …. ”

Maybe Nunes was able to go the distance against a smaller foe, but somebody who unites Cyborg’s tenacity and experience with her ability to put on foes down will simply be a lot to the bantamweight champ, Shevchenko considers.

“she will get tired and tired and tired and in there, Cris is likely to undoubtedly be going more and more and harder and harder and I see the final third or fourth round,” Shevchenko predicted.

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