It’s easy to pick apart the ins and outs of MMA from what goes on inside the cage. But the mental game is far tougher to break down.
But almost without question, fighters can get inside an opponent’s head, be it through history or through pre-fight talk. Will that be the case Saturday?
In the UFC 231 co-main event, the vacant women’s flyweight belt is on the line between former bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and ex-strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC). UFC 231 takes place Saturday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Shevchenko and Jedrzejczyk have history, just not in MMA. Shevchenko has three wins over Jedrzejczyk in muay Thai fights. So with that in mind, is it possible she’s got the mental edge over the former 115-pound champion in Toronto?
For our lates Daily Debate, we asked if you thought Shevchenko has found her way into Jedrzejczyk’s head. The results (via Twitter):
To find out what the MMAjunkie Radio crew thinks ahead of the title fight, check out the video above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
Read the full article here: Daily Debate results: Is Valentina Shevchenko in Joanna Jedrzejczyk's head before UFC 231?