UFC Uruguay: Shevchenko Wants Revenge on Carmouche, Nunes

Valentina Shevchenko’s second defense of the UFC women’s flyweight title gives her the chance to avenge one of her few previous defeats, as she’ll take on Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC Uruguay.

Their first bout came in a regional promotion in 2010 and saw Carmouche win after a doctor ruled a cut Shevchenko suffered was too deep to let her continue. Carmouche is one of just two women to have defeated Shevchenko — the other being current UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes.

After the loss to Carmouche, Shevchenko won four straight before making her way into the UFC. When she arrived in the UFC in December 2015, there was no flyweight division, so she competed at bantamweight. At 135, she picked up big wins over former champion Holly Holm, as well as Sarah Kaufman and Julianna Pena. But she couldn’t get a victory over Nunes in two tries.

Nunes controlled most of the action in their first meeting at UFC 196, which Nunes won by unanimous decision. But when they met in the main event of UFC 215, this time with Nunes as the defending women’s bantamweight champ, Shevchenko arguably gave Nunes the toughest challenge of her career. Nunes, however, came out on top in a controversial and questionable decision.

When a female 125-pound division opened following that title fight, however, Shevchenko elected to move down. Shevchenko has since dominated, destroying Priscila Cachoeira in February 2018 before claiming the women’s flyweight title with a win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231. She retained the belt with a knockout of Jessica Eye at UFC 238.

Meanwhile, Carmouche improved to 5-0 after defeating Shevchenko. But since then, she has gone just over .500, currently sitting at 13-6. Carmouche, a veteran of Strikeforce, Invicta and the UFC, has won four of her last five and has scored wins in the Octagon over current UFC strawweight champ Jessica Andrade, as well as Lauren Murphy and Katlyn Chookagian.

This will be Carmouche’s third shot at a major MMA world championship, and she has gone 0-for-2 thus far. Carmouche was submitted by Marloes Coenen when she challenged for the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship. Then, at UFC 157 in 2013, Carmouche challenged Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight title — the first women’s bout in UFC history. Despite testing Rousey early, Carmouche was submitted via armbar in the closing seconds of the first round.

Shevchenko is confident and eager to get revenge on Carmouche. And while she is solely focused on her title right now, she believes she will get the chance to take on Nunes once again and get revenge there.

“When [the chance to face Nunes again] comes, I will think about this matter. For now, I’m focused on my weight division,” Shevchenko told MMA Fighting. “I was waiting for a long time before flyweight was open. Because every time I was fighting with the bigger, longer, taller opponents at 135 [pounds]. Now finally I have the opportunity to show myself in the weight class where I belong.”

“Our fate between me and Amanda, it’s not something that you want, it’s not something that she wants or that I want. It’s past that point already. It’s going to happen,” Shevchenko said. “It’s going to happen one day. I don’t know when but it’s already out of anything that a person can wish for. When it’s ready, I will be ready as well.”

UFC Uruguay Main Card (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
UFC women’s flyweight championship: (c.) Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche
170 lbs.: Vicente Luque vs. Mike Perry
145 lbs.: Humberto Bandenay vs. Luiz Garagorri
205 lbs.: Ilir Latifi vs. Volkan Oezdemir
185 lbs.: Oskar Piechota vs. Rodolfo Vieira
145 lbs.: Enrique Barzola vs. Bobby Moffett

UFC Uruguay Preliminary Card (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)
265 lbs.: Cyril Gane vs. Raphael Pessoa
170 lbs.: Gilbert Burns vs. Aleksei Kunchenko
115 lbs.: Marina Rodriguez vs. Tecia Torres
125 lbs.: Rogerio Bontorin vs. Raulian Paiva
135 lbs.: Geraldo de Freitas vs. Chris Gutierrez
155 lbs.: Alex da Silva vs. Rodrigo Vargas
125 lbs.: Ariane Carnelossi vs. Taila Santos
125 lbs.: Veronica Macedo vs. Polyana Viana

Original Story: MMA Fighting

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