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Valentina Shevchenko v Jessica Andrade Predictions & Tips – Shevchenko Reign To Continue

  • Valentina Shevchenko v Jessica Andrade predictions for the UFC flyweight title fight on April 24
  • Shevchenko has won six straight fights since returning to flyweight
  • Andrade won her flyweight debut last October, bouncing back from consecutive strawweight losses
  • Shevchenko is tipped to continue her dominance over the flyweight division
  • Preview, predictions and head to head stats
Valentina Shevchenko lands a punch on Jennifer Maia (Getty Images)
Leigh Copson 22 Mar 2021
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Valentina Shevchenko v Jessica Andrade Predictions & Tips


Valentina Shevchenko remains a puzzle that no flyweight fighter can solve.

Her all-round game has resulted in her dominating the flyweight ranks since she returned to the division. 

Jessica Andrade may enjoy some success if she can get in close and use her strength, but Shevchenko is likely to keep her at arm and legs length, counter-striking her way to a decision.

  • Shevchenko is 6-0 since returning to flyweight
  • Shevchenko lands 51% of her significant striking attempts, averaging of 3.06 per minute
  • Shevchenko does not throw a great volume of strikes, but she is a very effective counter-striker
  • Shevchenko absorbs just 2.12 significant strikes per minute and has a 63% significant striking defence
  • Shevchenko boasts a 78% takedown defense and has been taken down just once since winning the title
  • Shevchenko has completed 11 of her 12 takedown attempts since becoming flyweight champion

Valentina Shevchenko Form


Only Amanda Nunes has been able to get the better of Valentina Shevchenko over the past decade. 

Twice Shevchenko came up against ‘The Lioness’ and twice she came up short.

However, there is no shame in dropping two decisions to the greatest female fighter of all time and in the rematch she did do enough in the mind of one judge to win the bout.

That second loss to Nunes led to a return to the flyweight ranks for Shevchenko and she has not looked back since.

In her second outing back in the weight class she beat former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant belt. 

Since then she has gone on to successfully defend the belt on four occasions, stopping two of her opponents.

Shevchenko boasts an impressive all-round game – of her 20 victories she has won six by knockout, seven by submission and seven by decision. Wherever the fight goes she is comfortable.

Jessica Andrade Form


Jessica Andrade has been involved in three UFC title fights over the past few years, with mixed results. 

She dropped a decision Joanna Jedrzejczyk when she challenged for strawweight gold in 2017 but then dethroned Rose Namajunas when she fought for the belt again two years later.

Andrade’s reign proved to be brief as she was knocked out by Zhang Weili in 42 seconds of her first defence. 

After losing the rematch to Namajunas she opted to make the drop down to flyweight where she took out Katlyn Chookagian in the first round of her debut contest.

That victory was enough to earn Andrade a shot at Shevchenko in only her second fight in the weight class, but has it come to soon?

Valentina Shevchenko v Jessica Andrade FAQs

Where can I watch the Valentina Shevchenko v Jessica Andrade live stream?

Our live streaming calendar shows you where to watch the Valentina Shevchenko v Jessica Andrade live stream.

Where is Valentina Shevchenko v Jessica Andrade taking place?

Valentina Shevchenko v Jessica Andrade is taking place at UFC 261 on Saturday, April 24 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. It will be the first UFC event to have a full crowd since UFC 248 on March 7, 2020.

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Verdict

It may not be easy on the eye or produce fireworks, but Shevchenko's approach works for her.

She will not want to mess with Andrade's power here, so I expect to see another counter-striking master-class from 'Bullet'.

Best Bet: Valentina Shevchenko Winner @-344.83 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: Shevchenko by decision Method Of Victory @100.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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