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Shevchenko and the danger of the champion’s confidence

When talking about Valentina Shevchenko, your mind goes to Amanda Nunes. They are the two main of the UFC (the Brazilian has the bantamweight and


When talking about Valentina Shevchenko, your mind goes to Amanda Nunes. They are the two main of the UFC (the Brazilian has the bantamweight and feather belts) and the trilogy between them seems inevitable. All the parties think about them and the Peruvian has been clear: “I think it is my destiny. When it happens I will be prepared, but now I am focused on my division,” she points out before expose your fly belt for the sixth time. He does it this Saturday, at the UFC 266 co-star, against Lauren Murphy.

The most complicated part of the lawsuit is the mind. He has swept the division and if he trusts, surprise can happen. Therefore, Shevchenko does not want to lose focus. He knows that trust has ended powerful reigns like his. The Peruvian (nationalized, born in Kyrgyzstan) has literally swept the division. He has beaten all the opponents that the UFC has placed for him and with all of them he has been far superior. He has won 14 of his last 16 fights (the two defeats, before Nunes). And he has not lost seven lawsuits (six of them headlines). It has no rival.

Lauren Murphy, 38, arrives with the illusion of a debutante. He is facing the most important fight of his career thanks to the fact that Shevchenko has been eliminating all the rivals (he is number 3 in the ranking) and a streak of three wins. The American has her biggest weapon in her punch (53% of wins by KO). Shevchenko is very fast and when she manages to put the fight on the floor, in this division, she is unrivaled. That is what the aspirant must try and wait for her fists to do the rest. It will not be easy, since it is before a woman without fissures. Fight against Murphy, but also against possible relaxation. You can’t afford it.