UFC 255: Shevchenko vs Maia picks and predictions

Nov 15, 2020 |
UFC 255: Shevchenko vs Maia picks and predictions
Valentina Shevchenko is the -1,800 overwhelming favorite to defend her women's flyweight title for the fourth straight fight when she faces Jennifer Maia at the co-main event of UFC 257.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Valentina Shevchenko is the -1,800 overwhelming favorite to defend her women's flyweight title for the fourth straight fight when she faces Jennifer Maia at the co-main event of UFC 257.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jennifer Maia is the co-main event for UFC 255 betting on Saturday, November 21 at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada

UFC odds have the current women's flyweight champion Shevchenko as the biggest favorite on the board at -1,800 while the challenger Maia comes back at +880.

We break down the UFC betting odds for this title bout and give our best picks and predictions for Shevchenko vs. Maia at UFC 255.

Shevchenko vs Maia Fight Odds

Method of Victory Valentina Shevchenko Jennifer Maia
Win outright -1,800 +880
To win by KO/TKO -120 +2,300
To win by points +195 +2,600
To win by submission +650 +1,600
Draw +5,000 +5,000

Odds courtesy of FanDuel

Shevchenko vs Maia Betting Preview

Valentina "Bullet" Shevchenko will be looking to successfully defend her title for the fourth fight in a row and is fresh off a TKO win over Katlyn Chookagian in February. The 32-year-old is 19-3 in her career, including 8-2 since joining the UFC. 

With a background in kickboxing and Muay Thai, Shevchenko is known for her terrific striking but is a dangerous grappler as well, with seven career wins by submission. 

Maia is the No. 3 contender in the women's flyweight rankings but oddsmakers see a massive gap between her and Shevchenko. The former Invicta FC flyweight champ is 18-6 in her MMA career, but just 3-2 in the UFC since making her debut in 2018. 

Maia is coming off a submission win over Joanne Calderwood, bouncing back from a unanimous decision loss to Chookagian last November. The 32-year old Brazilian prefers to stand up and rely on her boxing but also has solid ground-and-pound ability. 

Shevchenko vs Maia Tale of the Tape

Valentina Shevchenko   Jennifer Maia
32 Age 32
5-foot-5 Height 5-foot-4
125 lbs Weight 125 lbs
66.5 inches Reach 64 inches
19-3-0 (6 KO) Record 18-6-1 (4 KO)

Shevchenko vs Maia UFC Prediction and Betting Pick

PREDICTION: Shevchenko to win via KO/TKO -120 - Let's be real, there's very little chance that Shevchenko loses this fight—which is why she's such an overwhelming favorite.

Bullet has been as dominant a champion in the flyweight division as Amanda Nunes has been in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions, and her only losses in the last decade came via decision to Nunes. 

The real trick is finding out where you can get betting value from backing Shevchenko, so the method of victory prop might be the best option.

There aren't many finishers in the women's 125-pound division but Shevchenko is one of them, with four of her last six wins coming via stoppage.

Maia prefers to fight on her feet which could mean big trouble for her against Shevchenko's devastating counters and hand speed. Look for Bullet to win with her third knockout over her last four fights. 

 

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