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Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy Predictions & Tips – Bullet To Retain Flyweight Title

  • Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy tips for Saturday, September 25
  • UFC 266 is taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Shevchenko has only lost to Amanda Nunes is the last 10 years
  • Champion tipped to retain flyweight title
  • Preview, predictions, tips and head to head stats
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Leigh Copson 23 Sep 2021
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    Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy Predictions & Tips
  • Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy Predictions & Tips
  • Valentina Shevchenko Form
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  • Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy FAQs

Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy Predictions & Tips


Valentina Shevchenko can make another successful defence of the women’s flyweight title.

Only Amanda Nunes has been able to beat Shevchenko in the past 10 years. Lauren Murphy is no Amanda Nunes.

We could see another striking masterclass from Shevchenko as she retains her crown.

  • Valentina Shevchenko is on a 7-fight win streak
  • Valentina Shevchenko has not lost at flyweight
  • Valentina Shevchenko has only lost to Amanda Nunes in the past 10 years
  • Valentina Shevchenko lands 51% of her significant strikes (Murphy 40%)
  • Valentina Shevchenko absorbs just 1.99 strikes per minute (Murphy 4.25)
  • Valentina Shevchenko has a 62% strike defence
  • Valentina Shevchenko has a 77% takedown defence

Valentina Shevchenko Form


Valentina Shevchenko has lost just twice since signing with the UFC, and it was to the same woman.

Shevchenko lost to Amanda Nunes in 2016 and 2017 and there is no shame in losing to the greatest female fighter of all time.

And making that even more impressive is the fact she went the distance twice, and in the rematch she got the nod from one of the judges.

Since that second defeat to Nunes, Shevchenko has been on a tear.

She returned to flyweight to tap out Priscila Cachoeira and then bested Joanna Jedrzejczyk to win the vacant flyweight title.

Shevchenko knocked out Jessica Eye in her first defence and then bested Liz Carmouche over five rounds before knocking out Katlyn Chookagian.

‘Bullet’ made it four successful defences with a decision win over Jennifer Maia before stopping Jessica Andrade in April.

That TKO win took her record to 21-3, with seven wins coming via knockout and seven by submission.

Lauren Murphy Form


Lauren Murphy is enjoying her best run of form since signing with the UFC in 2015.

She struggled early on, dropping decisions to Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche in her first two fights.

She stopped the skid by knocking out Kelly Faszholz, but then dropped two of her next three fights, 
sandwiching a win over Barb Honchak with decision losses to Katlyn Chookagian and Sijara Eubanks.

Murphy has not lost since that defeat to Eubanks in June 2018.

She knocked out Mara Romero Borella before edging a split decision win over Andrea Lee.

Roxanne Modafferi was then bested over three rounds before Murphy submitted Liliya Shakirova.

And the land her shot at the belt, Murphy beat Joanne Calderwood via split decision in June of this year.

That took her record to 15-4, with eight wins coming via knockout and one by submission. Her four losses have all come via decision.

Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy FAQs

Where can I watch the Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy live stream?

Our live streaming calendar shows you where to watch the Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy live stream.

Where is Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy taking place?

Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy is taking place at UFC 266 on Saturday, September 25 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Verdict

Shevchenko has been unstoppable at flyweight and a lack of depth in the division is a big reason why Murphy has this shot.

This could be another straightforward defence from Shevchenko, perhaps setting her up for another crack at Nunes in the future.

Best Bet: Shevchenko by KO/TKO Method Of Victory $1.91 at Ladbrokes Australia - 4 Units

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