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The Wiseman Report – Valentina Shevchenko: Amanda Nunes “scared” to rematch her for belt

UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes doesn’t impress easy.

She  took to Twitter last night after Valentina Shevchenko’s win over Holly Holm last night and confidently predicted an even better win than her unanimous decision over the Russian star back at UFC 196.

There’s no question Shevchenko is formidable on the feet, but when taken down is where her tends to be vulnerable, something a fighter like Julianna Pena could exploit.

“She’s definitely scared. I’m ready for five rounds, for sure.I will take whoever I need to fight next, but I think she’s definitely scared,” Shevchenko said at the UFC on FOX 20 post-fight press conference. Did Shevchenko do enough? Share your thoughts on the comments section below.

Meanwhile, I get the feeling Valentina is sweating the title shot too much at the moment.

Meanwhile, Holm lamented her lack of confidence engaging Shevchenko. “She is a counter puncher and I respected that too much,” she explained. It does make sense. The thing with Shevchenko is she’s a very good counterpuncher and outside of the first round knockdown, almost every shot Holm landed was returned with a clean strike.

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That puts a pressure and hesitation on Holm’s striking, which opens up other facets of Shevchenko’s game. She also converted three takedowns out of seven attempts and effectively made Holly fight her fight.

We’ll see what Holm and her coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn come up with. There’s a lot on their plates, that’s for sure.

We saw the WMMA debut of Mackenzie Dern at Legacy FC 58 last night too and there was a lot to take in.

She was expected to breeze past Kenia Rosas who was also making her debut, but Rosas refused to go away despite getting dominated on the ground.

Rosas escaped and toughed out numerous submission attempts by Dern which was just as impressive as Dern’s domination. The final result was a unanimous decision win for Mackenzie.

Some things I think Dern needs to work on is her striking and her takedown attempts. Rosas did not make her pay, but there are many fighters who could capitalize on some of Dern’s shots. But the hype is real. Dern is brimming with potential and she will be fun to watch as she works her way up. Let’s give some props to Kenia Rosas too. She went down fighting and did not give up at all. You have to admire and respect that. She also gained a lot of fans and interest in her next fight.

There was a nice flyweight scrap at Bellator 159 as Emily Ducote (3-1-0) and Bruna Vargas (2-1-0) went at it. Ducote was the smaller fighter, but she connected with a hard right hand and pounced with a rear-naked choke that sealed the deal 29 seconds into the second round.

Well done, ladies!

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See you next week!


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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