What mattered most at UFC on ESPN+ 14 in Montevideo, Uruguay? Here are a few post-fight musings …
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1. This Valentina Shevchenko title fight won’t be an outlier
The reaction to Valentina Shevchenko’s (18-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) title defense against Liz Carmouche (13-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) has been largely negative. Was it the worst title fight in UFC history, as some are calling it? Absolutely not, but it certainly lacked in the drama and entertainment department as “The Bullet” kept her title in a lopsided unanimous decision.
The hard truth is this probably isn’t the last title fight involving Shevchenko that looks like this. It’s really going to come down to how challengers choose to approach their attempts to dethrone her, a task that appears to be increasingly difficult.
Try to be aggressive and take space from Shevchenko? That’s giving her just what she wants. It creates openings and opportunities for the champ, and the result is what happened to Jessica Eye a few months ago. Try to keep distance and stay outside of Shevchenko’s range? She’ll be perfectly content to pick her shots for 25 minutes and rack up points on the scorecards.
The latter certainly isn’t very captivating, but Shevchenko is the one with the belt. If she can keep it around her waist by cruising her way to winning every round on the scorecards, then it’s hard to blame her for doing so. There’s a good chance it happens again during her reign, and sometimes that’s one of the byproducts of being so good.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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