UFC starlet Valentina Shevchenko is back in the win column after her flyweight debut in Belem. The Muay Thai community will recognize Shevchenko from her time as a Thai boxing champion.
Winning multiple tournaments including the IMFA world cup a fantastic nine times, Shevchenko was a child prodigy when she hit the fight scene. Since 2003, at the age of 14, the Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian has won 20 tournaments/titles.
Her transition to the MMA world has been closely watched, and she surged to 11-1 before joining the UFC in 2015. Since then, ‘Bullet’ has fought six times, compiling a 4-2 record under the promotion.
Last night’s fight in Belem, Brazil was Valentina Shevchenko’s first at 125 pounds and she was on fire. Unfortunately, the fight was slightly marred by referee Mario Yamasaki’s officiating of the final sequences.
‘Zombie Girl’ Priscila Cachoeira showed a tremendous amount of heart in withstanding such punishment. Simply put, it should not have gone as far as it did.
The above is an image of Cachoeira before facing Shevchenko at UFC Fight Night Belem in Brazil, her home country. Referee Mario Yamasaki is again the target of UFC president Dana White’s criticism for not stopping the fight sooner.
Fight Metrics state Valentina Shevchenko landed hundreds of strikes, while Cachoeira managed just two. Needless to say, this fight could have been stopped far earlier than it was.
The video highlights are further down the article, here’s a pic of ‘Zombie Girl’ after her nasty pummeling:
Dana White Calls For Yamasaki To Be Fired
“Priscilla Cachoeira, you showed so much heart and toughness in that fight. I’m honored to have you fight in the UFC. Unfortunately, the ref is there to protect you and Mario DID NOT do that. This isn’t his first disgusting performance in the octagon.”
“Another unfortunate thing is that I can’t do anything about It,” wrote White. “Only the Brazilian commission can and I am hoping after this scary, incompetent showing he hopefully will never set foot in that Octagon again. Strikes landed was 230-3.”
UFC Belem Quick Results
Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders — Machida def. Anders by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
Priscila Cachoeira vs. Valentina Shevchenko — Shevchenko def. Cachoeira by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:25 of Round Two
Desmond Green vs. Michel Prazeres — Prazeres def. Green by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Marcelo Golm vs. Timothy Johnson — Johnson def. Golm by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Douglas de Andrade vs. Marlon Vera — Andrade def. Vera by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Thiago Santos vs. Anthony Smith — Santos def. Smith by TKO (body kick and punches) at 1:03 of Round Two