Amanda Nunes Beats Valentina Shevchenko by Split Decision at UFC 215

Amanda Nunes Beats Valentina Shevchenko by Split Decision at UFC 215

It was a careful fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round. LIVE hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., on Thursday, June 29, 2017. What's insane to think about is how much better Saturday night could have been had the heavyweight clash between Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou remained intact and the flyweight title fight between Johnson and Ray Borg not been scuttled at the 11th hour ...

"I really don't understand why the victory goes to the other side", an irate Shevchenko said in her post-fight interview.

Saturday night in Edmonton, the Brazilian standout known as The Lioness retained her title, edging out Valentina Shevchenko by split decision in the main event of UFC 215 at Rogers Place, closing the door on their rivalry (for now) while distancing herself from the pack of contenders hoping to challenge for the title in the near future. "[The doctor] tried to help me do everything to get in there, he got me nearly 100-percent".

Nunes established her range and set the pace in the first round, cracking the lead leg of Shevchenko with venomous kicks.

"I've got great leg kicks", said Stephens, who won a lopsided unanimous decision.

"I think this fight...in three rounds this was my points..."

Rafael Dos Anjos was too good for Neil Magny during UFC 215
PERRY NELSON USA TODAY Rafael Dos Anjos was too good for Neil Magny during UFC 215

The women's bantamweight champion said that her doctor advised her to have the surgery before taking the fight with Shevchenko, but Nunes said that she wasn't ready to do that until she was able to "shut up" her divisional rival. "I've never pulled out of a fight in my career, but now is not the time to waste, you know?" I don't know what is next for me just yet but I'm going back to the gym to keep improving.

The closeness of the first bout and Shevchenko's strength when the fight ended lent intrigue to a rematch. She earned a five-round decision win over Holly Holm last July and then followed that up with a second-round submission win over Julianna Pena in late-January. I told Sean Shelby that I would fight Tyron [Woodley] if Demian Maia had any issues and now I've just beaten Magny. "It will be the same fight, the same opponent, and it will be the same preparation". Midway through the stanza, Shevchenko scored with a nice combination at long range, and she started putting her strikes together effectively as Nunes slowed down.

Instead, Nunes played a unsafe at-range striking game, which nearly cost her the championship anyway, just in a much less exciting way. "I want to fight Valentina". Make it a title eliminator later this year and the UFC will have a strong set-up for the division in 2018. (People are talking) like I was scared or something like that.

Henry Cejudo def. Wilson ReisHenry Cejudo looked exactly like the man that many predicted would eventually become Demetrious Johnson's greatest rival when the former Olympic wrestler chose to turn his attention to MMA just four years ago.

Canadian fighters competing at UFC 215 delivered a mixed bag of results. Four preliminary fights will air on Fox Sports 1 at 5.




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