In the main event of UFC 231 this Saturday evening, Valentina Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will challenge the former UFC world champion in lightweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) the vacant UFC World champion flyweight. UFC 231: Holloway Vs. Ortega will be broadcast live from Toronto, Canada this Saturday, December 8th. The main card starts with PPV at 10:00. ET / 7:00 pm PT, with the heats of Fox Sports 1 starting at 20:00. ET and the Fight Pass preliminary rounds start at 18:00. ET.
How do these two stack up?
Shevchenko: 30 years old | 5'5 "| 67" Range
What have these two recently done?
Shevchenko: W – Priscila Cachoeira (SUB) | L – Amanda Nunes (DEC) | W -Julyanna Pena
Jedrzejczyk: W – Tecia Torres (DEC) | L – Rose Namajunas (DEC) | L – Rose Namajunas (TKO)
How did they get here?
The year began with a one-sided strike against Priscila Cachoeira. This is Shevchenko's third planned fight for the UFC airline title with previous fights against Nicco Montano and Sijara Eubanks both scrapped. As a understaffed bantamweight title, the opening of the women's flyweight last year was perfect for Shevchenko, and it seems Bullet now finally has a chance to win the UFC gold against Jedrzejczyk.
In November 2017, Jedrzejczyk's mission was to prove that it is the best straw weight in the world. Jedrzejczyk lost a massive jump in their rematch with "Thug Rose" in April, unilaterally ending Tecia Torres in July. Making her debut in the night's flyer weight, Jedrzejczyk have a great opportunity to perform the same performance she has achieved during her tenure as a strawweight champion.
Why should you mind?
Shevchenko will not wait to get her hands on a UFC belt after he narrowly missed the bantamweight title against Nunes last year, while Jedrzejczyk wants to silence the Naysayers following their loss to Namajuna have written off.