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Holly Holm: 'Far more technical' Valentina Shevchenko will beat Amanda Nunes at UFC 215



Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm has made her pick for the UFC 215 main event, and she believes a new champion will be crowned.

Saturday’s UFC 215 headliner, which takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, sees reigning women’s 135-pound champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) take on Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) knows what it’s like to share the octagon with Shevchenko after suffering a unanimous-decision loss to “Bullet” at UFC on FOX 20 in July 2016. Holm has no firsthand experience against Nunes, but she said her encounter with Shevchenko is enough to allow her to confidently make a pick.

“I think Amanda Nunes is a very tough girl; Valentina is far more technical,” Holm told MMAjunkie. “I think everyone knows Amanda likes power shots, and Shevchenko is a lot more technical. I think Shevchenko can take the belt away.”

Holm, No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, said she’s not discounting No. 1-ranked Nunes’ chances against No. 2-ranked Shevchenko because the Brazilian, of course, won their first meeting at UFC 196 in March 2016. However, given the matchup, Holm said the most likely outcome of the fight is a title-winning victory for the challenger.

“Anything can happen in a fight,” Holm said. “Don’t get me wrong, but I think Shevchenko can do it.”

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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