Thursday, 19 October, 2017

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

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Ray Borg for the promotion's flyweight title, wound up featuring Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko with women's bantamweight gold on the line.

Scores were 48-47 twice and 47-48 for Nunes, who successfully defended her 135-pound crown for the second time as she repeated her 2016 victory over Shevchenko, which she earned by a close three-round decision. 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. Melendez hasn't won in almost four years and has lost his last three bouts, but drops to featherweight for the first time in his career. Eight of those have come in the first round, including her most recent title defence nine months ago where she stopped Ronda Rousey in just 48 seconds. Nunes is a very powerful striker that also has some good submission skills. Conventional wisdom stated that Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) would hold the advantage early, while Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and her superior cardio prove unsafe late. Shevchenko is also a powerful striker, but relies a little more on her grappling game. That could really become a problem if this bout goes into the championship rounds.

A flyweight contender bout between Henry Cejudo and Wilson Reis was moved to the pay-per-view card, which begins at 7 p.m. She fights composed and tends to just break her opponent's spirit. She believes that Nunes simply blew her weight cut.

The lone heavyweight contest of the night saw Arjan Bhullar of Richmond, B.C., win his UFC debut with a unanimous decision over Luis Henrique. Her striking has been on point.

Neither fighter was able to pull ahead significantly in the third, a testament to the evenly matched nature of the bout, and while Nunes marched forward, Shevchenko fired back counters, leaving the scoring of the round down to what the judges put more stock in. Look for her to find an opening in the early rounds and finish the fight. Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks.

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