The next UFC event is scheduled for Seattle’s KeyArena on July 27th, and goes by the name of UFC on FOX 8: ‘Johnson vs Moraga. The main card also features a women’s bantamweight bout between Liz Carmouche and Jessica Andrade. The undercard features another women’s bout, this time between Julie Kedzie and Germaine de Randamie, marking the first time the UFC has featured two women’s bouts on the same card. The Carmouche-Andrade fight sees Carmouche a heavy favorite at (-600), with the comeback on Andrade at (+400). Both matches bear watching, because the talent level of the women’s division is higher than Dana White thinks.
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Carmouche is a very wide favorite over Andrade, who is making er UFC debut. Carmouche had about 1 minute of glory before losing her UFC debut to Rhonda Rousey, but she is a known quantity, and she has been in the glare of the UFC spotlight. For Andrade, it is safe to say her resume, a solid 9-2 record, includes nothing like the spectacle she is about to be a port of. All things being equal, Andrade might have a shot, but the experience factor of getting a UFC debut out of the way is a massive factor in Carmouche’s favor.
When the line comes out for Kedzie and de Randamie, it is sure to be closer. Kedzie has a wide advantage in experience and with STRIKEFORCE and BODOG, she has been part of shows with big production values, so some of the effects of the jitters will be less for Kedzie. The fact that it is an undercard fight and that those sometimes occur to a not yet full house will help both girls.
It comes down to De Randamie’s kickboxing vs Kedzie’s boxing and it should be a very interesting match. Kedzie is a tough customer who absorbs a lot of punishment in her fights. She is coming to the UFC on a two fight losing streak, so she is in desperate need of a win, however if it goes the distance, Kedzie has at times lacked that final gear that pulls out fights. If de Randamie iopens as an underdog, there may be value there.