Valentina Shevchenko is still your UFC women’s flyweight champion after holding off Taila Santos at UFC 275.
Shevchenko entered the fight with six successful title defenses as flyweight champion. “Bullet” has clearly established herself as one of the most dominant female champions in mixed martial arts (MMA) history.
However, she had her hands full with Santos tonight. Santos, the No. 4 ranked flyweight in the world, earned a title nod after picking up four straight wins. In the Octagon tonight, she proved exactly why she deserved to share the cage with Shevchenko.
Santos edged Shevchenko to the mat like no one else, with several close calls on attempted chokes from the back. However, Shevchenko was able to pocket a few rounds with smart striking, distance management and solid base work in the fifth round.
A nasty cut over Santos’ eye halfway through the fight certainly played a part as well. Despite giving Shevchenko the most competitive fight of her championship run, Santos still fell just short, dropping a split decision loss to the champion.
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