Kyte: I agree on the fundamentals part, and I also think the best thing that happened for her was struggling at 115 pounds — having those moments where she came in as “the next big thing,” but lost her second fight in the UFC.
I think those losses at strawweight, struggling to make the weight at times, not becoming an instant superstar were so good for her because she had to sit down and go “115 isn’t for me, now let me drill down and figure out the things I’m best at and improve those.”
She can “meat and potatoes” anyone. She got to the belt by fundamentals.
Marshall: Straight punches, good in the clinch, solid ground — that’s all it is. You know what’s coming.
Kyte: Beat Vivi Araujo who is a better athlete…
Marshall: Way better! Way better — stronger, quicker; everything!
Kyte: And beat her by saying, “While you’re bouncing on the outside, I’m gonna stick this jab and this right hand in your face, over and over and over again, and I think all of that comes from the struggles at 115 and having to sort it out.
Marshall: Sometimes quick fame sucks.
Kyte: What’s the best trait of Valentina Shevchenko?