Amanda Nunes Beats Valentina Shevchenko by Split Decision at UFC 215

Demetrious Johnson has dominated the flyweight division since its inception in 2012

USA TODAY SPORTS Demetrious Johnson has dominated the flyweight division since its inception in 2012

Nunes had to push back her second title defense after destroying Ronda Rousey previous year, and Shevchenko was denied her chance at proving that her UFC 196 loss to Nunes was a fluke, setting up the trilogy. Borg is in this fight on the strength of a run of five wins in six fights in the UFC. LIVE hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

The scheduled co-main event between bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko will now headline UFC 215, only months after their fight was cancelled on short notice due to illness.

If the slight was meant as disciplinary action, Nunes was allowed out of the penalty box early. A combination was there for Shevchenko, but Nunes wasn't fazed.

Despite that, Johnson said he had no concerns regarding Borg as a future opponent.

The stage was set for the main event of UFC 215. "I'm going to keep my belt, walk away, go home, drink some beer and then celebrate with all my friends and my girlfriend".

"I definitely won this fight", she said. But as the round progressed, it was the champion who began to take an edge as she stayed busy while keeping Shevchenko on the end of her strikes. "In fact, it's the best I've felt for a long time".

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I honestly believe that these two women are the most well-rounded female MMA fighters on the planet.

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 past year. "I respect the decision of the judges, but I think it was my fight", Shevchenko said. Look for her to find an opening in the early rounds and finish the fight. But she proved more than up to the task of going five rounds in their rematch and did well to hang tough in the kind of chess match from distance that typically favors Shevchenko.

"This is the first thing", she said. "But I knew that the day will come".

After putting on a striking clinic in the first round, Cejudo caught his fellow former flyweight title contender with a flush right hand that sent him to the canvas in the first thirty seconds of the second round. She fights composed and tends to just break her opponent's spirit. "I want to fight Valentina". These two will meet in the main event of UFC 215 from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. "No, I'm the one who wanted this fight".

With Johnson looking on, Henry Cejudo made a statement in the flyweight division, finishing Wilson Reis in the second round.


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