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Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215

EDMONTON, Alberta — Brazilian brawler Amanda Nunes played a tactical game Saturday night to beat challenger Valentina Shevchenko by split decision and retain her bantamweight title at UFC 215.

“I wanted to show the world I’m here to stay,” Nunes said.

Amanda Nunes, top, of Brazil, and Valentina Shevchenko, of Kyrgzystan, battle during their mixed martial arts bout at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
The judges scored it 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 to run Nunes’ record to 15-4.

It was a careful fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round. The fans often booed and chanted “Fight, fight, fight!”

Nunes, nicknamed the Lioness, raised her arms as the decision was announced while many of the fans booed the verdict.

She later told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds to wear Shevchenko down and then strike — and hush detractors who said Nunes was an early-round knockout artist and would fade in the long game.

Associated Press
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/264421/nunes-keeps-belt-defeats-shevchenko-at-ufc-215

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