Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy Odds, Preview and Prediction, September 25 (9/25): UFC

Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy Odds, Preview and Prediction, September 25 (9/25): UFC

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  • Sep 23, 2021, 12:25:59 PM
Credit: photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Time (Main Card) 10:00 p.m. EST
Valentina Shevchenko money line -1500
Lauren Murphy money line +850


Key stats
  Valentina Shevchenko Lauren Murphy
Height 5'5 5'5
Weight 125 125
Reach 65.5' 68'
Record 21-3 15-4
Streak W7 W5
Last 5 5-0 5-0



The co-main event of the evening is a title fight in the Women’s Flyweight division, as Champion Valentina ‘ The Bullet’ Shevchenko makes her sixth title defense against Lauren ‘Lucky’ Murphy. Shevchenko enters this fight on a seven-fight win streak. Since moving down to her more natural weight class of 125 pounds, ‘The Bullet’ has dominated every opponent thrown at her. With four finishes in the last seven fights, Shevchenko might be the scariest woman to stand across from in the octagon. Meanwhile, Murphy enters this fight on a five-fight win streak. While Murphy lacked luck to start her UFC tenure, going 2-4, it seems that the two split decision victories going her way in this streak changed her fortunes. A title shot being the result.


Ever since Valentina Shevchenko moved down to Flyweight, I was certain that no one would ever beat her. That same sentiment remains true, as I just don’t see any viable contenders that could present issues. Perhaps the only one that would make for a competitive fight is Tatiana Suarez. However, considering she can’t stay healthy, it’s hard to say if that fight ever comes to fruition. For the fight at hand, Lauren Murphy is a well rounded fighter. She’s durable and tough as nails. The one knock I’ll say about Murphy is that she isn’t strong in any one area and because of that, the majority of her fights are close. In fact, in eleven UFC fights, four have been split decisions.

As for a prediction, obviously I have Shevchenko. The Flyweight queen is a dynamic striker, who is as well rounded as it gets. While she mainly strikes, Shevchenko has excellent wrestling and grappling abilities. Physically strong, Shevchenko has combined for twenty five takedowns in her last seven fights. In other words, Shevchenko is in control of wherever she wants this fight to take place. In the end, I believe Shevchenko will beat Murphy via TKO due to lacerations and facial damage.

PICK: Valentina Shevchenko (-1500)


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