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UFC Fight Night 156: Shevchenko vs Carmouche

The UFC returned at the weekend, with UFC Fight Night 156 taking place, and as you would expect, there were some fantastic matchups. The event, which took place in the Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay, was headlined by Valentina Shevchenko and Liz Carmouche, with the Flyweight strap on the line.

There were some other great bouts on the card too, with Mike Perry facing off against Vincente Luque.

UFC Women’s Flyweight Title

As mentioned above, the night was very much all about Valentina Shevchenko, with the 31-year-old looking to defend her UFC Women’s Flyweight title for a second time. Standing in her way was 35-year-old Liz Carmouche, who up until fight night held a record of 13 wins from 19 bouts. At flyweight, Carmouche had 2 wins and 1 defeat under her belt, and while she was expected to pose some threat to Shevchenko, it was a night the former would undoubtedly like to forget.

Shevchenko Defends Her Title

Early Rounds

The first couple of rounds of the bout saw the two fighters start slowly, with both seemingly looking to feel each other out. Carmouche, as expected, didn’t want to engage Shevchenko initially, and began laying traps to bait her opponent, with several fake takedowns attempted by the former UFC Bantamweight challenger. Shevchenko was wise to Carmouche’s tactics though, and began to press in the second, with combos and leg kicks coming into play.

Trading Punches

Carmouche looked to keep her distance, and rightly so, with Shevchenko beginning to slowly turn the screw, and while the former was throwing a kick here and there, Shevchenko hit back with a big straight left which saw Carmouche hit the canvas. The 35-year-old did well to make it back up, but she was swiftly taken back down again by Shevchenko, ending the round with no significant strikes recorded.

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Fighting Spirit

Carmouche knew the tide had turned against her but came out ready in the fourth to try and make something happen. The leg kicks, which she had executed early in the bout, were back, as she looked to give Shevchenko problems, but the latter was able to counter with her own barrage of leg kicks, while an excellent superman punch was also delivered.

Shevchenko Shines

A spinning back fist was used by Shevchenko as the dessert on the fourth round’s menu, sending Carmouche back to the canvas. This allowed the defending champion to rack up valuable top time as they headed into the fifth. Carmouche was still trying to rally, even though Shevchenko was dominant, and attempted her own takedown, but Shevchenko, also known as “Bullet”, was able to defend and get on top once again, allowing her to cruise to victory.

What’s Next

While the Women’s Flyweight division is still very much in its infancy, Valentina Shevchenko is looking great, and now many are tipping Katlyn Chookagian as her next potential opponent. She’s 5-2 in her Octagon career thus far, winning 4 of her last 5 bouts, and could pose a credible threat to the current champ.

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