UFC 255 outcomes: Valentina Shevchenko continues to dominate flyweight division
UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko handed a powerful take a look at from Jennifer Maia at UFC 255 on Saturday in Las Vegas. Although Maia was powerful and pressed Shevchenko, the champion proved why she is taken into account one fo the highest fighters on the planet.
Shevchenko has been stellar throughout her UFC tenure. Although she misplaced one time – to Liz Carmouche – previous to moving into the Octagon, the one fighter to whom she has misplaced underneath the UFC banner has been Amanda Nunes, who’s broadly considered one of many biggest fighters of all time.
Shevchenko regarded sharp along with her fingers early, however surprisingly clinched and tossed Maia to her again within the opening minute of the opening spherical. Maia did a great job of attempting to tie up Shevchenko’s arms, however couldn’t cease the peppering punches and punishing elbows. She did, nevertheless, handle to flee with little injury.
Shevchenko clinched and took Maia to the canvas as quickly as spherical two opened, however the challenger instantly escaped to her ft and put Shevchenko up in opposition to the fence. Shevchenko tried to struggle her means out, however Maia finally put her on the canvas.
Spherical two was a powerful body for Maia, who labored from inside Shevchenko’s half guard and full guard for the rest fo the spherical, controlling place on the champion.
Having spent a lot of the second body on her again, Shevchenko went head looking in spherical three. She landed just a few sharp pictures within the early moments of the body earlier than Maia briefly put her again to the fence.
Shevchenko escaped and went again to her sharp taking pictures, touchdown a head kick adopted a short while later with a blistering punch mixture. Having stung Maia, Shevchenko clinched and once more dragged her to the canvas.
The champion went to work from half guard, however Maia used her jiu-jitsu abilities to work the struggle again to standing, and as soon as once more pinned Shevchenko to the fence.
Within the closing 10 seconds of spherical three, Shevchenko scored one other takedown, possible doing sufficient to safe the spherical. Heading into the fourth body, it appeared that Shevchenko was possible up 29-28 on the scorecards.
Blood dripping from the noses of each girls, Shevchenko stung early with a tough left hand to open the fourth spherical. Discovering her distance, Shevchenko landed a number of extra pictures within the first two minutes of the spherical.
Maia answered with a stable proper hand, however Shevchenko clinched and put Maia on her again once more, shortly pinning her in opposition to the fence. Shevchenko put her fist in Maia’s face and planted shoulder punches till she may advance to extra of a prime place, though nonetheless in Maia’s half guard.
It was one other sturdy spherical for Shevchenko, who had Maia needing a end to win the struggle heading into the ultimate spherical.
Shevchenko caught Maia with a jab, however missed with a spinning backfist, discovering her again up in opposition to the fence. She shortly reversed and escaped, nevertheless, as soon as once more sticking her jab in Maia’s face.
Maia powered ahead, solely to face a Shevchenko blitz of punches. Weathering the storm, Maia clinched and pressed Shevchenko into the fence. The champ escaped once more, hurting Maia with one other punch mixture.
Holding her floor, Maia’s face was lined with blood, as Shevchenko continued to fireside along with her arsenal of punches and kicks. Maia wasn’t backing down, however didn’t have a solution for Shevchenko’s stellar hanging.
Maia snuck within the occasional energy shot, however wore proof of Shevchenko’s punches and elbows on her face.
The judges noticed the struggle unanimously, 49-46 on all three scorecards, for the champ. The victory was Shevchenko’s fourth UFC flyweight title protection, conserving her within the rarified air as one of many biggest fighters on the planet.
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“I’m glad it went 5 rounds. After an extended layoff, I wanted to really feel the spirit of the struggle,” Shevchenko stated after the struggle, acknowledging that she had suffered a medial collateral ligament (MCL) harm earlier within the yr that required surgical procedure.
“It was MCL. It was surgical procedure. So we simply took a little bit bit further months to ensure (it was totally healed).”
With the victory over Maia, Shevchenko might be heading in the right direction to subsequent defend her belt in opposition to Jessica Andrade, who lately supplanted Kaitlyn Chookagian because the No. 1 contender within the UFC girls’s flyweight division.