The Great Debate: Shevchenko vs Pena
By Cory Groeneveld and Garrett Kerman
We are back with another great debate, this time we are debating the main event of UFC on Fox 23 Valentina Shevchenko vs Julianna Pena. Cory Groeneveld is backing Shevchenko, while Garrett Kerman is making his Great Debate debut by backing Pena.
Reason Why Shevchenko Wins by Cory Groeneveld:
Reason Why Pena Wins by Garrett Kerman:
In the main event we have Julianna “The Venezuelan Vixen” Pena vs Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko in what appears to be the winners chance to face current Woman’s UFC Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes. I have said for the longest time that Pena deserves a title shot after tearing through the bantamweight division ever since she came into the UFC on the Ultimate Fighter. This will not be an easy task in taking on Shevchenko, but I feel that her size and power will overcome the advantage that Shevchenko has on her feet. Pena will be the aggressor right out the gate as she typically is and will pressure Shevchenko to fight with her back against the cage. Once she gets Shevchenko down Pena will show that she is the much stronger fighter and grappler, which will present a big challenge for Shevchenko. For those reasons I am so confident in Pena that I am taking her to finish Shevchenko before it goes to a decision, preferably with a flurry of ground and pound elbows to a TKO victory.