For reasons that remain entirely unclear to me, the UFC is putting on yet another show this month. It’s arguably the worst card in the history of the UFC on FOX franchise, but here we are.
What: UFC on FOX: Holm vs. Schevchenko
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
When: Saturday, the three-fight Fight Pass preliminary card starts at 4:30 p.m. ET, the four-fight Fox preliminary card starts at 6 p.m. and the four-fight Fox card kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.
Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko
I spoke to Johny Hendricks’ striking coach Steven Wright about this bout. He couldn’t have been more effusive with praise for Shevchenko, noting her credentials and ability to score when opponents engage. Here’s the rub: Holm is unlikely to engage her. While he noted two southpaws colliding can sometimes make for surprising action fighting, Holm’s ability to work from behind, getting on her feet after hitting and only working on her terms makes her a tough fight for Shevchenko. The adopted Peruvian will chew opponents to pieces to the extent they decide to throw, but if they stick and move? It could make for slow action.
Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez
Barboza has sometimes shown a weakness for punishment. He’ll lead from the front and then give the fight away. It’d be foolish to assume Melendez can’t find a way to the Brazilian’s chin and then close the show with his well-rounded game. All things being equal, however, I don’t see that as the likeliest outcome. Melendez is older than he used to be and I’m not sure his game has evolved as much as it has needed to of late. Worse, he’s coming off of a layoff. Barboza, meanwhile, is red hot. Look for the East Coast Superfriends member to control distance en route to ….View full article
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