Valentina Shevchenko: 'I will ask for the rematch' with Amanda Nunes

Amanda Nunes told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds and wear Valentina Shevchenko down and then strike

The fight got off to an inauspicious start.

Nunes established her range and set the pace in the first round, cracking the lead leg of Shevchenko with venomous kicks.

The second frame once again slowed to a snail's pace.

Ortega is young, dynamic and a fighter with some buzz in the weight class. Stephens would be a big test, but if he handles him, that would legitimize him in a whole new light.

The third round was hard to score as both fighters had moments, but neither landed anything that significantly changed the bout. With Nunes' timing and distance figured out, the challenger was able to land clean counters that clearly made the fourth frame hers. Nunes looks for a takedown at the midpoint of the round. "Then I got the win so I'm over the top".

Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates after defeating Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan during their mixed martial arts bout at UFC 215 in Edmonton Alta. on Saturday
Valentina Shevchenko: 'I will ask for the rematch' with Amanda Nunes

The final takedown was likely what ended up getting two judges to give the fight to the defending champion. It was a close five-round affair that could have gone either way. I had stitches on my shin because I hit her teeth.

"Bullet" came up just short in her first opportunity at UFC gold as she lost a razor close split decision in the women's bantamweight title headliner at Rogers Arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Kyrgyzstani rallied in the second, her output increasing dramatically as the champion invested too much in feints. I mean, I want to fight for the crowd, but this fight was for me to show I can go five rounds, to prove that I'm improving.

The 11-fight event kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m. ET with two fights streaming on UFC Fight Pass. The champion withdrew hours before the fight due to sinusitis. Eight of those have come in the first round, including her most recent title defence nine months ago where she stopped Ronda Rousey in just 48 seconds.

"I definitely will win this next fight,"she said. Now the first thing when I'm back home, I'm going to do it for sure". That's good for both of us and there would be more money for me, of course.

"I wanted to shut this girl up. I have money. I made more money than I ever thought". She also has the ranking "Master of Sports" in Muay Thai, Boxing, Taekwondo and Judo, and has stopped 10 opponents in 14 victories in her professional MMA career: six by submission and four by knockout, showing that she has the ability to finish the fight anywhere.

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