I hate to interrupt the torch-lighting ceremony, but we may want to save a few pitchforks for the corner of Priscila Cachoeira, who recently joined a long and dubious list of parties responsible for last Saturday night’s bloodbath.
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In case you actually have a life and went out last Saturday night (Feb. 3, 2018), instead of staying home to watch UFC Belem on FOX Sports 1, Cachoeira was destroyed by Valentina Shevchenko in her Octagon debut, which is not suprising when you consider “Bullet” (15-3) is a former bantamweight title contender with wins over Holly Holm and Julianna Pena, and also took reigning champion Amanda Nunes to the scorecards in two separate fights.
The initial blame was directed at referee Mario Yamasaki, who inexplicably let the fight continue, even after Shevchenko landed 230 strikes to just three from Cachoeira. It was a “disgusting performance” from the longtime man in black, according to promotion president Dana White.
He might want to check with Cachoeira’s coach, Gilliard Parana, who wasn’t overly offended by Yamasaki’s decision to let the punishment continue.
“I think he had his reasons not to stop it,” Parana said (via MMA Junkie). “He knows what he’s doing and ‘Pedrita’ was active. He could have stopped it, too. Both decisions were plausible, the way I see it.”
Parana and his team could have thrown in the towel or kept Cachoeira on the stool at the end of the first frame, but that’s not how they roll down there in Brazil. Warriors don’t get saved by their corners, they go out on their shields.
Or something like that.
“We never thought about quitting and we never will,” Parana continued. “It’s not part of our way of doing things. The ref is there to stop it, and if he doesn’t, we won’t be the ones doing it.”
If she dies, she dies.
That sentiment may have been shared by UFC matchmakers when they decided to throw an untested rookie to one of the most dangerous combatants on the female roster.
Cachoeira (8-1) will have plenty of time to think about what went wrong. “Zombie Girl” blew out her knee somewhere in the first round, according to MMA Fighting, and will likely need eight months of post-surgical rehab to recover.
Essa é minha guerreira , lutou dois rotunda com menisco e o cruzado ferrado , chegando no rio vai fazer cirurgia foram dois passos e duas falseadas no joelho e ainda assim não pediu pra parar porque aqui não existe isso de pedir irão atuar foi até o limite pois ela não chegou até aqui entregando as lutas nas primeiras dores de golpes ou lesões , mais isso só entende quem é do nosso perfil mesmo !! 2017 foi a melhor atleta disparado no Brasil , liderou a categoria dela até entrar no UFC e pegou só a Valentina que ninguém queria pegar e olha que sei de nomes fortes que fugiram dessa luta , mais aqui é PRVT e sempre vamos aceitar o desafio é se der um revés vamos atrás de melhorar assim como já fiz com jessica vo fazer com @pedritaprvtufc podem esperar !! Já já os mesmos que criticaram vão elogiar e os invejosos vão se calar com nosso sucesso , não estamos aqui à toa sabemos oque estamos fazendo e qual é nosso caminho percorrido !! Vamos com tudo recuperar após a cirurgia e depois voltar ao topo porque só de estar no maior evento do mundo com certeza estamos no topo !! PRVT no UFC !! A saga continua !’ Doa a quem doer !! Ooossssssss @jessicammapro #prvt
For more results from last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 125 mixed martial arts (MMA) showcase, held inside Brazil’s Mangueirinho Gymnasium, click here.