Valentina Shevchenko made things look easy last night (Sat., Sept. 25, 2021) at UFC 266 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when the UFC women’s flyweight champion defeated tough challenger Lauren Murphy via fourth-round TKO (punches and elbows).
Shevchenko fought with a little more intensity than usual and it showed on the face of the challenger. Murphy kept plodding forward to try and get inside, but the champion found her range early and made her pay with counter shots and spinning attacks. Shevchenko kept busy in the second with more precise punches while mixing in some takedowns and top pressure.
Shevchenko came on even stronger in the later frames as she badly hurt Murphy in the fourth round with a check hook followed by a head kick. Murphy backpedaled and “Bullet” rushed in for an offensive explosion. Murphy eventually fell to the canvas and Shevchenko took charge for dominant ground-and-pound and the eventual finish.
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