Amanda Nunes Retains Title Against Valentina Shevchenko In Split Nod

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Mark J. Rebilas for USA TODAY Sports

The stage was set for the main event of UFC 215. Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes defended her gold against Valentina Shevchenko. Nunes was going for her second successful title defense.

“The Lioness” retained her title in a razor-thin split decision.

A leg kick was there for Shevchenko early. Nunes went for a couple of leg kicks as well. She went high with a kick that missed. Shevchenko couldn’t get much going in the opening frame up to this point. A kick to the body found the target for Nunes. Shevchenko caught a kick, but ate a punch for her troubles.

When “Bullet” went to her corner, she looked to have been favoring her left hand. The second round began and Shevchenko hoped to gauge the champion’s distance. A superman punch was there for Shevchenko. She landed a combination, then landed a right hand on the break. Shevchenko had a much better showing this go-round.

Shevchenko landed a hook and a kick to the body. She used punches to set up a leg kick. Nunes ducked under a spinning backfist. When Shevchenko walked back to her corner, blood was dripping down her leg.

Nunes entered the fourth round with some more aggression. She landed a counter right hand. A combination was there for Shevchenko, but Nunes wasn’t fazed. A counter punch landed for Shevchenko. A knee to the body landed for “Bullet.”  The round came to a close and it looked like Shevchenko got the better of that frame.

The fifth and final round was underway. The two traded leather early in the round. Nunes went for a takedown and pushed her opponent towards the fence. They separated shortly after. Nunes took the back of Shevchenko. Shevchenko ate a knee as she got back to her feet. “Bullet” was taken down with about 50 seconds left in the fight. Nunes stood in control until the final horn sounded.

Final Result: Amanda Nunes def. Valentina Shevchenko via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)

  • All_Seeing_Eye

    Atta boy, way to go man.

  • Lover Jab

    Thats a bullshit decision, Valentina definitely won 2,3,4

  • Wabbit

    Shevchenko appeared to throw more effective strikes, such as they were; Nunes stalked for five rounds doing very little except ineffectual leg kicks.

    Nunes keeps the belt, since the challenger did not do enough to convincingly beat the champion; in a dismal bout, with ultimately rancid judging.

  • Bingo Bango

    Valentina’s right glove has been given a 6 month med suspension due to the hundreds of times nunes left glove kept jabbing it. I gave VS the fight 3 to 2 but there was not 1 thing good, interesting or even exciting about it. Yet another womens mma snoozefest. Thanks Holly 🙂

  • Bill Wolf

    It looked to me like Valentina Shevchenko won rounds 2, 3, and 4.

    But that doesn’t matter. The fight was close and hard to score, and everyone knows that fights that are close and hard to score are lotteries. The coin-flip came down Amanda Nunes’ way. Hail to the champ.

  • Bingo Bango

    Bullshit call. Valentina won that snoozefest. Congrats to the “cowardess” ????

    • Draven

      Nunes outlanded Shevchenko 86 to 72 in significant strikes and held a striking edge in four of the five rounds. Also landed two takedowns, including one late in the final frame that clinched her the victory.

    • Draven
    • Draven

      Nunes outlanded Shevchenko 86 to 72 in significant strikes and held a striking edge in four of the five rounds. Also landed two takedowns, including one late in the final frame that clinched her the victory.

      Don’t be sad because Nunes switched up her games and outclassed Valentina. The challenger just didn’t do enough than play counter puncher while being too tentative.

      • Bingo Bango

        Valentina clearly won 3 rounds while nunes did nothing pitty pat Valentina’s right glove. Thats twice now VS has been robbed……
        The champion just didnt do anything

        • Draven

          Nunes clearly won rounds 1,3 and 5. She controlled the octagon and majority of the fight, even the takedowns. Landed more strikes as well. All shevchenko did was try to counter punch while staying in first gear the whole time. She didn’t try to finish the fight or mix things up.

          She lost sadly.

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won

          • Draven

            Busted up face? Her face was fine. Nunes had octagon control, dominated with centre control, scored points with takedown and controlled the challenger on the ground. Shevchenko didn’t go jack shit other than land head shots but wasn’t enough to win.

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won.

          • Draven

            Valentina was hit in the head too many times and she thought she won haha. She has no right to complain when she didn’t do anything to win.

          • Headrush

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won.

          • Draven

            And STILL women’s champion!!!

          • Headrush

            Bullet clearly won. Nunes truamatised face proves that.

          • Draven

            Bullet lost, just like he career will be lost now.

          • Headrush

            Yep nunes clearly lost. Only delusional mma newbies disagree…..

          • Headrush

            Nunes off now into hiding scared to fight again faking surgery after bullet beat her brains in. All smart people know the truth that VS won

          • Bingo Bango

            Nunes was so punch drunk she was barely coherant at the preas conference after all the damage she had taken from Shevchenko
            All smart people know who really won

          • Draven

            And Still women’s champion, Nunes!

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won

          • Draven

            AND STILL WOMENS CHAMPION!!!!

          • Bingo Bango

            YES VALENTINA IS THE WOMENS CHAMPION. ALL SMART PEOPLE KNOW THIS

          • Draven

            Smart people as in casuals who know jack shit. The only belt she’ll have is a Louis Vuitton belt haha

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won

            Only mma casuals with no idea think nunes won

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won ????????????????????

          • Draven

            That’s nice and Nunes still won.

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won.
            Only clueless newbies disagree

          • Bingo Bango

            VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO THE TRUE PEOPLE’S CHAMPION ????????????????????

          • Bingo Bango

            The cowardess’s busted up face and inability to speak shows just how close to death she was. Bullet clearly won. Fake champs seem to be in style lol ????????????

          • Bingo Bango

            Nunes slurred speach and swollen busted up face who now needs surgery thanks to VS rearranging her/his face is hilarious!!!!!

          • Bingo Bango

            The 2 judges as it has been confirmed are gay so that shows Valentina clearly was robbed.
            VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO THE PEOPLE’S CHAMPION ????????????

          • Draven

            Valentina wasn’t robbed of anything. She simply didn’t do enough and just kept throwing meaningless punches to show more output and win that way. I’m glad it didn’t work.

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina’s right glove has a 6 month med suspension due to the countless times nunes hit it with her pitty pat left jab. Other than that nunes looked like deer in the headlights and dod nothing for 25 minutes. Judges did their bit for equality. VS robbed again

          • Draven

            6 month suspension because her left hand hit air half the time and still injured her bruised hand? Yeah ok. All Shevchenko did was stand there and tried to counter punch while Nunes landed more strikes than her challenger did. Never once did Valentina move in for the kill and she lost.

          • Headrush

            All nunes did was pose for the cameras and threaten to poke vs in the eye. The masses know who truly won. Nunes the cowardess clearly lost

          • Draven

            AND STILL the women’s champion!!!!

          • Headrush

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won

          • Draven

            And STILL women’s champions!!!

          • Headrush

            The cowardess’s busted up face and inability to speak shows just how close to death she was. Bullet clearly won

          • Draven

            AND STILL WOMENS CHAMPION!!!

          • Headrush

            VALENTINA STILL DA PEOPLE’S CHAMPION. DOESN’T NEED TO CHEAT TO WIN!!!!!!

          • Headrush

            The 2 judges as it has been confirmed are gay so that shows Valentina clearly was robbed.
            VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO THE PEOPLE’S CHAMPION ????????????

          • Headrush

            Yes JJ is womens champion as is cyborg. All smart people know this!!!!!

          • Headrush

            The cowardess’s busted up face and inability to speak shows just how close to death she was. Bullet clearly won….

          • Draven

            Yeah and Nunes concussed her and dropped her like a sack of potatoes AND STILL women’s champion!

          • Headrush

            Nunes was barely conscious and could hardly speak after the beatdown bullet gave her. Only delusional mma newbies would disagree

          • Headrush

            The cowardess’s busted up face and inability to speak shows just how close to death she was. Bullet clearly won. Nunes can now fake surgery and hide until next year and fight just once or twice a year and make fake excuses to dodge opponents.
            Cowardess indeed

          • Headrush

            Nunes resorted to eye pokes and time wasting knowing she cant fight. What a disgrace to the sport!!!!!!!!
            All hail the REAL peoples’ champion, Valentina shevchenko!!!!!!

          • Bingo Bango

            The only damage nunes did was to Valentina’s glove. Nunes hit nothing else and ran everytime bullet dud something. Nunes was scared a few months ago and yesterday was scared again. The commentators and the masses back me up

          • Draven

            That’s not what the stats says. Your commentator friends are casuals and don’t know what they’re talking about.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/922ace594b1e4cac3a1ba6d12f1ca3a493d969188483177d26d782a5e14c9535.png

          • Bingo Bango

            So Joe rogan and DC are casuals huh????

          • Draven

            They’re biased. DC thought he was still the champion after jones KOed his fat ass.

            Rogan is Rogan. He’s biased!

          • Bingo Bango

            Easy to see why you post what you do with a reply like that. Nonsensical dribble……

          • Draven

            You’re clearly just a casual fan who’ll believe anything someone says …

            You’re very gullible

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won.
            Only a clueless 5 minute mma newbie thinks the cowardess won

          • Bingo Bango

            The masses have spoken on who truly won and the verdict is VS by a mile!!!!! Only newbie mma fans who just opened their “ufc fan starter pack” would disagree

          • Bingo Bango

            Perhaps it is you who is the casual being an mma fan for 5 minutes. Pitty pat glove touches and soft leg kicke dont count for significant strikes. Valentina was the only one who did damage. Nunes face confirms it

          • Bingo Bango

            I agree with the commentary and the crowd who booed the result. Only 5 minute newbies think the cowardess won

          • Bingo Bango

            Nunes ran and dodged punches from a shorter, lighter, natural 125 pounder confirming what all smart people know. She is indeed the cowardess

          • Draven

            And Nunes still won while Valentina whined like a little bitch!

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won.
            Nunes was barely conscious at the presser!!!! ????????????

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won????

          • Bingo Bango

            Yep nunes face was rearranged and her inability to speak properly at the presser while having trouble breathing showed she was barely conscious. Bullet almost killed her but the ufc soing their bit for equality. I agree with the masses and the commentary that VS clearly won

          • Draven

            and Still women’s champion Nunes

          • Bingo Bango

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won

          • Bingo Bango

            Nunes off to have reconstructive surgery after the beatdown VS gave her. Judges obviously felt pity for her/him!!!!!!!!

          • Headrush

            I agree with BB. Pretty obvious bullet won. Maybe the judges are siding with the lesbo to be politically correct

          • Draven

            Bullet didn’t do anything significant to win other than stand and counter punch the whole five rounds. That’s simply not enough to win especially in a championship fight.

          • Headrush

            Valentina clearly won 2, 3 and 4. Nunes busted up face showed who landed what…
            All nunes did was pitty pat VS’s right glove for 25 minutes. VS robbed again. I agree with the masses though. VS clearly won

          • Draven

            Nunes has destroyed the top 3 women in the division and now that 0-2 can barely speak English blonde bitch can go back to fighting tomato cans.

          • Headrush

            Nunes clearly lost. Thw commentators knkw it and the crowd know it. Only a delusional few believe the cowardeas won

          • Draven

            And STILL the women’s champion!!!

          • Headrush

            The cowardess’s busted up face and inability to speak shows just how close to death she was. Bullet clearly won. Nunes can now fake surgery and hide until next year and fight just once or twice a year and make fake excuses to dodge opponents.
            Cowardess indeed

          • Draven

            Nunes was just better. Shevchenko should retire or find something else to do because going 0-2 against the champ tells me fighting isnt for her!

          • Headrush

            Bullet was just better. Nunes should retire or find something else to do because clearly losing both against VS tells me fighting (LMFAO) isnt for her!!!!!

          • Headrush

            Nunes who??? Oh the man-chick who dodges fights and freezes like a deer in the headlights and relies on 2 gay judges to HELP her win. Yeah I know HER/HIM!!!!!!

          • Headrush

            Pretty clear to all and sundry VS won. Only mma newbies think otherwise. Cowardess indeed!!!!!!

      • Bingo Bango

        Just rewatched the fight again. VS won rounds 2, 3 and 4. The crowd booed when the decision was read out and even Rogan and DC said VS did more. I agree with the masses. Sucks for VS. 135 is dead for her now

      • Headrush

        Valentina clearly won 3 rounds while nunes did nothing but pitty pat Valentina’s right glove. Thats twice now VS has been robbed……
        The champion just didnt do anything

  • Headrush

    Valentina robbed once more…………