Prior to defeating Miesha Tate for the title in 2016, Nunes claimed a decision over Shevchenko.
Shevchenko blasted the judges' decision in her post-fight interview. LIVE hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., on Thursday, June 29, 2017.
In the UFC 215 main event, we saw UFC women's bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes score a razor-close win over surging challenger Valentina Shevchenko.
If the slight was meant as disciplinary action, Nunes was allowed out of the penalty box early. What's insane to think about is how much better Saturday night could have been had the heavyweight clash between Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou remained intact and the flyweight title fight between Johnson and Ray Borg not been scuttled at the 11th hour ...
That leaves Nunes and Shevchenko in the main event, a similar position for them at UFC 213 until Nunes withdrew from the bout hours before it.More news: Explosive used by IS found in France apartment
Amanda Nunes: "I didn't think it was close".
"It was tough because I buy my new house, my new vehicle, all those things you work so hard to get", Nunes said. I think Cejudo is the strongest contender in the division, and the only one with a chance of being marketable.
By contrast, Shevchenko was incredibly upset at the decision: "I really don't understand why the victory goes to the other side", she said. That's good for both of us and there would be more money for me, of course.
The Fight of the Night bonuses were awarded to Jeremy Stephens and Gilbert Melendez, while the Performance of the Night bonuses went to Rafael dos Anjos and Henry Cejudo for their wins over Neil Magny and Wilson Reis respectively.
Nunes indicated she was suffering from sinusitis and didn't want to fight at less than 100 percent against a tough challenger whom she controlled for two rounds before tiring and holding on for a decision against a year ago.More news: Breaking down TCU vs. Arkansas
After the decision was announced, a visibly disappointed Shevchenko said she felt she'd done enough to earn the decision.
Muay Thai champion, Shevchenko, made a big mistake in the fifth round when she gave up her back off a failed throw.
Shevchenko has gotten over the disappointment and is ready for the rematch. I know at the end of the round she was the one getting exhausted, not me. "It will be the same fight, the same opponent, and it will be the same preparation". The Kyrgyzstani rallied in the second, her output increasing dramatically as the champion invested too much in feints.
After the fight, many members of the Edmonton Oilers gathered to take a photo with her and she told TSN that she appreciated their support. "I want to fight Valentina".
Gavin Tucker, who was considered one of the top Canadian prospects in the UFC, lost in one of the most lopsided decisions in UFC history against Rick Glenn. (People are talking) like I was scared or something like that. "I want a top 5 opponent and I will show that I am one of the best in the UFC".More news: Lions Rookie WR Kenny Golladay is KILLING IT
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