Valentina Shevchenko and Priscila Cachoeira met in the Octagon last night (Sat., Feb. 3, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 125 in Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Brazil, broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.
Shevchenko came into the bout probably the best flyweight on the planet, having fallen just short in a close bout with bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in her last bout. Cachoeira, the home crowd favorite, was a huge underdog making her UFC debut.
Shevchenko leaned away from a jab and landed a quick one-two. She began to light Cachoeira up with lightning-fast hands, seeming to stagger her with a couple left straights, then shot in and took the Brazilian down. She established herself in Priscila’s guard, landing hard elbows from the top! She was connecting on five and six punches at a time from the top. She postured up to land another hard elbow. Priscila’s head was leaking blood, with Shevchenko posturing up and raining down punishment more or less at will. Paul Felder commented admiringly that Shevchenko makes his elbows look like child’s play. Shevchenko landed a dozen short punches to the ribs, then another massive pair of elbows. This was already a beatdown. Cachoeira had done nothing but hold on and absorb damage, but she made it to the end of the round.
Shevchenko landed another couple punches, then an inside trip to take Cachoeira down once more. Cachoeira scrambled, but Shevchenko got to side control, stepping over into the crucifix. Cachoeira bucked, but was unable to dislodge Shevchenko, who alternated unanswered strikes with looking for a keylock submission. The crowd was getting restless watching the beating. Shevchenko eventually moved to mount, posturing up to land hard shots. Cachoeira turned, giving up her back. She couldn’t escape. Mario Yamasaki was only beginning to consider stopping the fight, evidently preferring death to an early stoppage. Shevchenko finally, mercifully locked up a choke, and Cachoeira tapped. Utter domination from Shevchenko in what was clearly a brutal mismatch.
Shevchenko greets the crowd in Portuguese, then says her opponent will have a bright future, and encourages her to keep at it. She says if everyone wants to see her fight for the title, then, Nicco, let’s do it. Paul Felder, on the mic, agrees that we all want to see that. He’s right. The sooner, the better.
Official result: Valentina Shevchenko def. Priscilla Cachoeira via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:25 of round two
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