Valentina Shevchenko Completely Dominates UFC Debutant In Bad Miss Match
The co-main event at Fight Night 125 saw UFC newcomer Priscila Cachoeira take on Valentina Shevchenko in front of a raucous Arena Guilherme Paraense in Belém, northern Brazil.
Despite being the number one ranked bantamweight contender, Shevchenko (14-3 before this fight) decided to drop down to the newly minted flyweight division where she potentially has an easier road to a title shot.
After suffering two incredibly close losses a taller, longer Amanda Nunes, ‘Bullet‘ was keen to take on fighters closer to her own size and believed the flyweight division was the best place to do that.
“When you are fighting a bigger sized opponent; who is taller than you, has longer arms, longer legs, and is heavier than you — it’s very different,” Shevchenko explained before the fight. “You have to think about not only tactics, not only technique, but you also have to be measuring everything.
“But in this weight class, I feel like this is the weight class for me. Because at 135, I never lost one kilo, not one pound. My walk around weight is 135. For 125 I feel really great and very strong. My weight cut is going very well, I’m just a few pounds over, and everything is going to plan.”
Cachoeira came into this bout with a perfect 8-0 record but was still the biggest underdog on the card at $7.00 while Shevchenko was paying just $1.10 to walk away with a victory in her flyweight debut.
With the division still so new, the winner here would likely find themselves in line for a title shot, sooner rather than later.
In the first round, Shevchenko completely outclassed her young oppponent, connecting with the chin multiple times, before taking her to the ground and ground and pounding her for several minutes.
— UFC (@ufc) February 4, 2018
Things kicked off in the second round as they did in the first, Shevchenko tripping her opponent in the first few seconds before pounding on her for several minutes. In the end she took her neck and forced her to tap out.
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