Shevchenko Dominates Carmouche, Evens The Score

While not a dominating outing as many expected, Valentina Shevchenko took care of Liz Carmouche at UFC Fight Night 156 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Winning her fourth bout in a row, this time via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45), Valentina successfully defended her UFC Women’s Flyweight Title for the second time. She also avenged a loss she suffered at the hands of Carmouche (13-7) back in 2010.

“My strategy was to use all my skills to defend her,” Shevchenko stated after the bout. “She has very uncommon techniques, style and timing. So I did everything to assure my victory inside the cage.”

There was never any doubt who was controlling this bout. Carmouche started off fast, trying to get Valentina to make a mistake by moving towards her. It was exactly what “The Bullet” wanted, however, as her retorting strikes were as calculating as ever.

Schevchenko was outlanding Carmouche by a significant margin; after two she landed 23 of 65 shots while Liz only landed four of 25. At one point in the third, Carmouche did not land any significant strikes. Her phantom punches were shown for all to see, while Valentina’s shots weren’t missing.

In the later rounds, Shevchenko just dropped Carmouche to the floor, at one point ragdolling her. Ground and pound was the key to her victory, as Carmouche could not answer any of Valentina’s moves. In round four, Valentina connected with a spinning back fist that dropped Carmouche to the floor. It was the most significant piece of offense that awoke the restless crowd.

The loss by Carmouche snaps a two-fight win streak. It was her third unsuccessful title defense, her prior one being the first major women’s fight in the UFC against Ronda Rousey for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.

Following the bout, Valentina (18-3) requested a rematch against current Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion Amanda Nunes. The two fought twice, with Nunes holding a 2-0 advantage. With Cris Cyborg out of the equation, a third bout featuring the owners of three world titles isn’t out of the question.

Main Card, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET

Valentina Shevchenko (c) def. Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 5-45)- UFC Women’s Flyweight Title

Vicente Luque def. Mike Perry via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Luiz Eduardo Garagorri def. Humberto Bandenay via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Volkan Oezdimir def. Ilir Latifi via KO (4:30 into round two)

Rodolfo Viera def. Oskar Piechota via arm triangle submission (4:26 into the second round)

Enrique Barzola def. Bobby Moffett via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Preliminary Card (ESPN, 5 p.m. ET)

Gilbert Burns def. Alexey Kunchenko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ciryl Gane def Raphael Pessoa Nunes via arm triangle submission (4:12 into round one)

Rogerio Bontorin def Raulian Paiva via TKO (2:56 into round one)

Marina Rodriguez def. Tecia Torres via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Chris Gutierrez def. Geraldo de Freitas via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

Alex de Silva def. Rodrigo Vargas via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Polyana Viana def. Veronica Macedo via armbar submission (1:09 into the first round)

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