Shevchenko’s controversial loss to the champion. Bullet almost wins the rematch
Sergey Sorokin September 16, 2023, 20:00 Moscow time
Valentina criticized the judges for a long time, but she couldn’t beat Nunes.
There were many important fights in Valentina Shevchenko’s UFC career. One of the keys is her revenge against Amanda Nunes. On September 9, 2017, the girls fought at the UFC 215 tournament. The first fight went to the Brazilian Lioness. Therefore, Bullet was burning with desire for revenge. The stakes were high when Shevchenko received her first title shot. Furthermore, the significance of the fight added to the status of the main event of the evening.
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Shevchenko at the time had a record of 14-2. And it was the Lioness who inflicted his only defeat in the UFC. But then Valentina defeated Holly Holm and Julianna Peña. Therefore, the organization decided that Bullet was finally ready to fight for the title. And Nunes had a 14-4 record, but was on a longer winning streak. Consistently, the Brazilian knocked out Shayna Baszler, Sarah McMann, Valentina Shevchenko, Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey.
From the first round it was clear that the fight would not be easy. At first, the rivals simply stared at each other. And then we move on to more active actions. The initiative literally passed from hand to hand. In the second round, Nunes looked more active. He put pressure on Shevchenko, acted actively and found an opportunity to strike him. In the third round, Valentina herself started to get bolder. She quickly became stronger and was literally imbued with confidence.
In the fourth five-minute period, Bullet finally focused on active actions. And he held out to the end of the round reliably. It was noted that Valentina was specifically targeting the five-minute “championship” events. And the girls turned the fifth round into a real spectacle. It seems like everything was there. At first the rivals worked standing, then they began to fight. In one of the episodes, Bullet ended up on the canvas and managed to make an indecent gesture right in the Brazilian’s face.
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The matter came to the decision of a judge. But Shevchenko was fully confident in his victory. He raised his hands in the air several times and smiled at the audience. And Nunes was quickly talking about something with someone in the audience. As a result, the referee’s decision was divided. But in the end, the judges left the belt on the Lioness’s shoulder. As a result, Valentina became angry.
“I really don’t understand why he scored more. Because of two knockdowns in five rounds? None of his blows hit their mark. Nothing significant came out of his side during the entire battle. Look at his face. Does he break his nose as a result of my blows and then steal the victory? Even when I found myself on the surface in the fifth round, lying on my back, I attacked her. I don’t understand how this could happen. “I will definitely win the next fight and today I disagree with why the judges preferred it.”
A year later, Shevchenko finally put the championship belt on her shoulder. But in a different weight class. She moved up to flyweight, where she consistently defeated Priscila Cachoeira and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. And then there were seven successful title defenses. Now Bullet will try to do everything possible to get the belt back from her. On the night of September 16-17 she will have a rematch with Alexa Grasso.