Valentina Shevchenko has opened as a big -720 odds on favorite in her next title defense.
Bullet is scheduled to fight no. 3 ranked flyweight Lauren Murphy at the co-main event of UFC 266 on September 25th in Las Vegas.
Murphy has won six of seven bouts at flyweight and has won five straight bouts heading to her first UFC title fight.
Valentina Shevchenko opened as a huge -720 odds on favorite to retain her UFC women’s flyweight title against Lauren Murphy.
Bullet is scheduled to defend her belt for the 6th time against the no. 3 ranked Murphy at UFC 266 on September 25th at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The bout is slated to be the co-main event of a show that will be headlined by Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega for the UFC featherweight title.
5 Straight Successful Title Defenses
5th defense 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻 #UFC261 pic.twitter.com/jBdveZfe6t
— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) April 26, 2021
Shevchenko is coming off a 5th consecutive successful defense of the UFC women’s flyweight at UFC 261 last April 24th. In that event, Shevchenko knocked out former UFC women’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade inside two rounds to remain as the UFC’s female 125-pound champion.
Since moving down to her natural weight class, Shevchenko has looked invincible. She submitted Priscilla Cachoeira in her flyweight debut and then defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the belt in her second bout. She has proceeded to making five successful title defenses, winning three via stoppage inside three rounds and two via unanimous decision. In the two bouts that went the distance, she lost just one round out of 10.
In the betting arena, Shevchenko has been heavily favored in all of her flyweight matches and has opened as at least a -600 odds on favorite in four out her previous five title defenses.With just one day passing since her sixth title defense against Lauren Murphy was announced, her odds have ballooned to -1000 at online sportsbook BetOnline and it’s not that Murphy is a pushover.
Fifth Win in A Row
Lauren Murphy wins via SD versus Joanne Calderwood. Very close fight. That’s Murphy’s fifth in a row, and it may have just punched her ticket to a 125 title shot vs. Shevchenko.
She didn’t mention in the champ in her post-fight interview, though. That surprised me.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 13, 2021
Murphy defeated fellow top ranked contender Joanne Calderwood via split decision last month at UFC 263. The victory was the 5th win in a row for Murphy and her sixth in seven bouts at flyweight.
Since losing to Sijara Eubanks in 2018, Murphy has picked up wins over Mara Romero Borella, Andrea Lee, Roxanne Modafferi, Liliya Shakirova. But it was her victory over the 6th ranked Calderwood in a title eliminator that pushed her on top of the waiting list. This will mark her first appearance in a UFC title fight.
The 37-year old from Anchorage is a former Alaska FC featherweight champion and Invicta FC bantamweight champion. She joined the UFC 2014 but struggled with a 1-3 record at bantamweight. Like Shevchenko, she moved down to flyweight and has found great success fighting at 125 pounds. However, winning the gold may be next to mission impossible.