Cory Groeneveld has been on a roll. He beat Justin Peck to win the Great Debate title and has successfully defended it. This time we reach outside of the MMA Takeover staff to find the rightful challenger. David VanBogelen from the Average Joe’s MMA Podcast will challenge Cory for the title. The two will debate the main event of UFC 213, the UFC women’s bantamweight title matchup between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko. Cory will be arguing for Valentina while David is backing Amanda.
Why Amanda Nunes Will Win by David VanBogelen:
Amanda Nunes walks into UFC 213 this Saturday night in Las Vegas Nevada as the reigning, defending, undisputed UFC Bantamweight champion of the world and she will walk out the reigning, defending, undisputed UFC Bantamweight champion of the world after picking up her second victory over challenger Valentina Schevchenko. Yes, second victory. It’s only been 14 months since their last fight, and Amanda Nunes has grown far more deadly than Valentina will be able to handle.
Since the two faced each other, and Amanda defeated Valentina, the competition each fighter has faced and defeated is leagues apart. Valentina may have topped a struggling Holly Holm and Juliana Pena, but Amanda Nunes went on a tear beating Meisha Tate for the championship (all but beating her into retirement), knocking out Ronda Rousey and sending her packing as well. Amanda took out one for the title and one that defined the title. She’s been fighting champions for the last year and a quarter and winning.
Let’s switch gears to fight styles. Amanda’s power-style of aggression, moving forward, incredible boxing and outstanding BJJ and takedowns pairs up very well against the Muay Thai style of Schevchenko. Aside from already defeating Valentina, Nunes holds a KO win over Muay Thai champion Germaine de Randamie who fights the same style but is a larger, stronger fighter. Amanda knocked out Germaine in round 1. This upright style of Schevchenko benefits Nunes a great deal, allowing her very strong takedown game to take over. Last fight, Amanda took down Valentina twice and controlled her for over 4 minutes of the fight, plus out-struck her as well. Amanda Nunes simply pairs up very well against Valentina Schevchenko.
This is where Valentina will eventually fall. She cannot finish fights. In her entire UFC career, she has a single finish. Amanda, on the other hand, 4 first round knockouts and 2 first round submissions in the UFC alone. Amanda is a finishing machine. She knows how to go in and take control of the fight from the very moment the ref says go, and should have the gas tank to run the distance if need be with wins by decision as well. Amanda is smart enough to find her opponents flaws within mere moments, exploit the flaw, and end the fight. Only one fighter in the history of the bantamweight division is tied with 6 finishes. Her name is Ronda Rousey. When Amanda finishes Valentina at UFC 213, we’ll have a new record holder.
Amanda Nunes is just far more dominant, aggressive, and intelligent in the fight game than Valentina Schevchenko and that’s why this guy is fully confident that this Saturday night we will hear the words “And Still.”
I predict Amanda Nunes by 2nd round TKO
Why Valentina Shevchenko Will Win by Cory Groeneveld: