She was wrong. Nunes retained the 135-pound championship, improved to 2-0 in her head-to-head series with Shevchenko and took a split decision over the Kyrgyzstani kickboxer in the UFC 215 main event on Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
When people talk about rivalries in MMA, chances are Nunes - Shevchenko isn't the first one mentioned, as it's not like the bantamweights have the same type of history as say Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. I thought it was a clear victory for me.
The women's bantamweight champion said that her doctor advised her to have the surgery before taking the fight with Shevchenko, but Nunes said that she wasn't ready to do that until she was able to "shut up" her divisional rival. "I think I'm going to take some time off because this is my breathing, and I have to take care of it. [The doctor] tried to help me do everything to get in there, he got me nearly 100-percent". "Then, I will have a beer and we'll decide what's next".
In the co-main event, former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos locked in arm-triangle in the first and submitted Neil Magny. He said after the win he's coming for the welterweight belt. "I really don't understand why". Nunes is someone that relies on strong starts, so she tends to tire as the fight prolongs. I told Sean Shelby that I would fight Tyron [Woodley] if Demian Maia had any issues and now I've just beaten Magny.
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A flyweight contender bout between Henry Cejudo and Wilson Reis was moved to the pay-per-view card, which begins at 7 p.m.
Many felt that the fight should have been stopped by the referee on several occasions or that Tucker's corner should have thrown in the towel. I had on my shin stitches because I hit her.
And he did it adopting the wide karate stance made famous by McGregor and Lyoto Machida - the latter playing a big role in his training camp. She correctly observed that an aggressive striking attack would be a tremendous risk against a counter-striker as talented as Shevchenko.
Kajan Johnson returned from a two-year hiatus to collect his third straight UFC victory overall, catching Adriano Martins with a sharp right hand a minute into the third round to get the finish, while Kelowna's Sarah Moras come back from a similar layoff to pick up a first-round submission win over Ashlee Evans-Smith that left her fighting back tears in the Octagon after the fight. "I will be champion". I felt him get exhausted in the third round and that's when I knew I had him. "I want to fight Valentina. I want a top 5 opponent and I will show that I am one of the best in the UFC". 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.