Top Preventing Championship (UFC) women’s flyweight contender Jennifer Maia, who clocks in at No. 3 in the 125-pound rankings, is now a large betting underdog from reigning division winner Valentina Shevchenko.
“I really do not treatment about the oddsmakers,” Maia advised MMA Junkie. “I’m going in there and placing on my ‘A’ sport and successful the title for Brazil. It would be anything I cannot categorical myself in text about beating her. I know it would be an remarkable emotion to get a acquire above someone like Valentina.”
An injury prevented Shevchenko (19-3) from defending her flyweight belt in opposition to Joanne Calderwood previously this yr, forcing “JoJo” into a title eliminator reverse Maia (18-6-1). The move blew up in her confront, as the Brazilian was equipped to score a to start with-round submission and take in excess of the open up slot from “Bullet.”
And she strategies to realize success wherever other folks have unsuccessful.
“I’m a entire fighter,” Maia explained. “I want to struggle and exhibit how I’m excellent (to other contenders). It’s hard to say how this combat is heading to go. She has a ton of experience, but I’m completely ready to combat anywhere the battle goes and bring this belt to Brazil.”
It will be upset of the 12 months … or just an additional title on the 125-pound “hit listing.”
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