Before you check out either of the title fights for the UFC 255 event, there are a handful of excellent matchups to look at. For example, one of those would be the prelims matchup between two women’s flyweight rivals Ariane Lipski and Antonina Shevchenko.
Date: Sat, Nov 21, 7:00 PM
Venue: UFC Apex
Watch on: ESPN 2
Betting Preview: Ariane Lipski (13-5-0)
Lipski steps into this matchup with a two-fight winning streak on the line. Her most recent bout was back in July against Luana Carolina with a submission win.
Her fighting resume shows that she has six wins by knockout, three by submission, and four by decision. Out of her 13 victories, she has seven of them being first-round finishes, with both coming by knockouts and submissions.
“Queen of Violence” has a striking accuracy at 31% and a grappling accuracy at 100%. She lands 3.34 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 4.52. This ratio is a bit on the negative side as she takes on a decent amount of strikes compared to what she delivers.
Lipski has a takedown defense at 37% and a significant strike defense at 51%. She also averages 0.32 takedowns and 0.70 submissions every 15 minutes.
Betting Preview: Antonina Shevchenko (8-2-0)
Shevchenko is recently coming off of a decision loss back in May against Katlyn Chookagian. The last time she lost a close fight, she was able to bounce back shortly after.
Her fighting resume shows that she has two wins by knockout, one by submission, and five by decision. With mostly decision wins, she has not yet had a first-round finish.
“Pantera” has a striking accuracy at 54% and a grappling accuracy at 100%. She lands 4.09 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.66. If she can keep this ratio up, that would mean she delivers nearly twice as many strikes as she absorbs.
Shevchenko has a takedown defense at 50% and a significant strike defense at 55%. She also averages 0.50 takedowns and 0.80 submissions every 15 minutes.
Shevchenko vs. Lipski Betting Odds & Lines
The market has been somewhat consistent in their view on this fight. For the moneyline, BetOnline has the odds currently set at:
- Shevchenko: -150
- Lipski: +130
*odds are subject to changes
Free Betting Pick
Both of these fighters are looking to improve their resumes going forward. Shevchenko is a favorite here, but is it because of her last name?
Antonina Shevchenko is the older sister to Valentina but has not performed as well as the current champion. So people should not give her the benefit of the doubt that she can fight well simply on her name.
Lipski is an aggressive striker and a decent grappler putting everything on the line to step up in this division. This will definitely be a fight where they both will be scrapping. Overall, Lipski takes this in a decision.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Lipski wins via decision at +130
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