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UFC on FOX 20 fight card: Holly Holm vs Valentina Shevchenko full fight preview

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Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko will duel TONIGHT (Sat., July 23, 2016) at UFC on FOX 20 inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois. In a match up of tremendous strikers, what adjustments must be made for either woman to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight contenders Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko will clash TONIGHT (July 23, 2016) at UFC on FOX 20 inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

After capturing the UFC title in less than a year, Holm was expected to dominate in her next title defense. However, Holm wound up on the wrong side off a fantastic comeback, and now she’s looking to get back to the strap.

Shevchenko’s background and rise is actually rather similar. A massively accomplished striker outside of MMA, “Bullet” made a stellar debut to earn a position in the top 10 and is already fighting in a second title eliminator match up just eight months into her UFC career.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both athletes:

Holly Holm
Record: 10-1
Key Wins: Ronda Rousey (UFC 193), Raquel Pennington (UFC 184), Marion Reneau (UFC Fight Night 71)
Key Losses: Miesha Tate (UFC 196)
Keys to Victory: A former boxing world champion with plenty of kicking experience as well, Holm managed to become the first and only woman to defeat Ronda Rousey thanks to her world-class skill set and ability to follow a game plan. Opposite another very talented striker in Shevchenko, she’ll have to do the same here.

Overall, this is very much a match up between counter strikers. Holm is more willing to lead than Shevchenko, but both women would rather catch their foe coming in than take a chance with their own combination.

In short, that means this fight could very likely turn into a staring contest.

To avoid that result or worse, Holm ….View full article

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