The date for the Nicco Montano vs. Valentina Schevchenko match in UFC 228 is confirmed: the two fighters will come face-to-face on the 8th of September 2018 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Indeed, it has been a long wait to see Montano defend her flyweight title for the very first time. Does all the waiting affect the Montano vs. Shevchenko betting odds? The short answer is yes. Shevchenko is by far the favorite to win the match.
Shevchenko’s Frustration Over the Wait
As we all know, Shevchenko has been waiting for the chance to challenge Montano since December 2017. After receiving the flyweight belt, Montano suffered from various health issues including a broken foot, tonsillectomy and adenoid surgery. That’s why the title defense fight had to be postponed for many times.
Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) expressed her frustration by saying
“Maybe at the very last second she [Montano] could say that she still has some kind of injury and she cannot fight. Maybe it will happen, so I will continue to do my job and keep training.”
Shevchenko vows to keep on training no matter what happens while Montano was still recovering in bed. So the best online betting sites in the United States predict more favorable Montano vs. Shevchenko betting odds for the Kyrgyz fighter to win at 1.11.
It’s Going to be An Uphill Battle for Montano
Montano probably has the worst odds for a title defender, according to online gambling in the US. Her Montano vs. Shevchenko odds are only valued at 6.25. Being called an underdog doesn’t even cut it! Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) also admitted that it was nothing new. She had always been called the underdog in previous fights, yet she won. “Don’t let them label you,” said Montano.
However, we can’t deny the fact that Montano has little fighting experience in the octagon when compared to Shevchenko. Even when Montano is fully recovered and ready to fight, we doubt that she can beat her tough opponent.
Bet on the Montano vs. Shevchenko Match
- Valentina Shevchenko: 1.11
- Nicco Montano: 6.25