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UFC 215 Results: Amanda Nunes Pulls Out Decision Vs. Valentina Shevchenko

12 September, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Amanda Nunes told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds and wear Valentina Shevchenko down and then strike

However, that proof means little when, by nature of two important people scoring the fight for Nunes, Nunes hold the title - which leads to more money and more moneymaking opportunities - and Shevchenko does not.

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.

Following a heartbreaking loss in the first fight where Shevchenko poured on the punishment late but couldn't get a finish after losing the first two rounds, she felt victory was in her hands at UFC 215 only to have it snatched away again by split decision. The surgery does not rule out a return this year, although Nunes said she's likely to return in 2018. "I know the crowd wants to see a knockout, but this was not for the crowd".

With the fight seemingly up for grabs entering Round 5 after four razor-thin rounds of technical striking, Nunes secured a takedown in the final minute, but was unable to do anything from top position as Shevchenko landed clean strikes from her back until the final horn.

"The (booing) is normal". Why she is still (champion), I don't understand'. "And she's still the champion?"

She added: 'I definitely will win this next fight. "I learned that at the end of the round is when she is getting exhausted, not me". Her nose is red from my punches. "I finished the fight strong and kept my belt".

Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates after defeating Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan during their mixed martial arts bout at UFC 215 in Edmonton Alta. on Saturday
Amanda Nunes relishes chance to fight in main event of UFC 215

The UFC loved its first visit to Edmonton.

The main event at this weekend's UFC 215 event has been cancelled. "But we had sales to overcome those".

Co-main: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Neil Magny Former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos looked like an absolute beast in his second outing after moving up to welterweight. We saw the same fighter that Nunes has always been on Saturday, just without all the parts of her style that made her so exciting to watch (and risked draining her energy).

Latifi scored takedowns in each round, dropping Pedro on his head in the second, en route to a unanimous decision. Melendez has a wide stance and Barboza capitalized on it, as did Stephens, who dropped Melendez multiple times in the fight with consistent and thudding leg kicks.

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

Moras improved to 5-3 with the biggest win of her career, capping a very emotional night. "It was super emotional walking out". Next, I want to go back home and take care of my house and my animals in the face of the Hurricane. When you resort to being a counter fighter, you put rounds in jeopardy of the judges.

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