UFC 215: Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2 Results

Esther Moore
September 12, 2017

UFC 215 was the first event that the promotion has held in Edmonton and did well at the box office with an attendance of 16,232 and a gate of $2.46 million (Canadian). There were some last minute shake-ups with the card, as the headliner between Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg was cancelled on Thursday night due to an illness that Borg came down with.

UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes thought she was being punished for pulling out of a title defense against Valentina Shevchenko in July when Saturday's rebooking of the fight was not scheduled as the main event of UFC 215. "I don't understand - it was a mess". "[The doctor] tried to help me do everything to get in there, he got me nearly 100-percent".

Shevchenko did not rule out the possibility of appealing the fight result.

It was a careful fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round.

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Henry Cejudo will face Wilson Reis, the last challenger for Johnson's belt, in the flyweight division on the main card.

Another standout performer from UFC 215 was former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos who made it 2-0 as a welterweight. Vieira only has 3 fights in the UFC, but her second-round submission win makes her 3-0.

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Whether you agree with the judges' scorecards or not, Amanda Nunes is still the UFC women's bantamweight champion.

It wasn't just the stance which drew the comparisons with the Irishman, though, as Cejudo's calm state and oblivious reactions to getting tagged were McGregor-like.

"I don't want to hear this girl or anything", Nunes said.

Ultimately, she was safe, conserved her energy and power until deep into the fight and just did enough to squeak the decision, much to Shevchenko's vexation.

"I definitely will win this next fight,"she said".

When the fight with Shevchenko ended, Nunes walked over to the broadcast position and shouted through the fence at the team of Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan, who called the action from Edmonton, something to the effect of "what are they going to say about me now?" referencing the critics and pundits who predicted she would fade down the stretch and lose her title. People always tell me I'm too short for the division but I fight my best against taller guys. "Tonight, you saw my final fight".

With Nunes winning both fights between the two competitors and the decision not being viewed as particularly controversial, an immediate rematch is unlikely. A 48-47 split is exactly the right call. Nunes and Shevchenko will likely be closely matched rivals similar to Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson.

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