Priscila Cachoeira sustained major knee injury in lopsided loss to Valentina Shevchenko

Priscila Cachoeira

Over the weekend, in the co-main event of the UFC’s trip to Belem, Brazilian flyweight Priscila Cachoeira stepped into the Octagon for the first time. Despite the fact she was making her UFC debut with just 8 pro fights behind her, her opponent was the vastly more experienced Valentina Shevchenko, who is widely regarded as one of the best female fighters on earth.

In the end, Cachoeira’s experiential deficit manifested itself in a truly lopsided win for Shevchenko. The Kyrgyzstani contender out-landed her young Brazilian by an insane 230-3 margin en route to a second-round submission win. It was one of the most brutal beatdowns to hit our screens in a long, long time.

Amazingly, Cachoeira didn’t suffer any facial fractures in this tough loss. She did, however, sustain a major knee injury, tearing both her meniscus an ACL in the first frame.

“She tore her meniscus and ACL in the beginning of the first round, the first time they engaged, and it went all downhill from that moment,” Cachoeira’s manager Tiago Okamura told MMAFighting.com. “We couldn’t do anything.”

Okamura also addressed the backlash being launched at referee Mario Yamasaki, who many fans believe should have stopped the fight earlier.

“He could have stopped it in a few occasions,” Okamura said, “But ‘Pedrita’ is really tough and doesn’t give up. She was trying to get out the entire time. Being a referee is a very complicated job.”

Cachoeira’s coach and cornerman Gilliard Parana also chimed in on her injuries in a lengthy Instagram post, promising his fighter will return stronger than ever after her surgery.

Essa é minha guerreira , lutou dois rotunda com menisco e o cruzado ferrado , chegando no rio vai fazer cirurgia foram dois passos e duas falseadas no joelho e ainda assim não pediu pra parar porque aqui não existe isso de pedir irão atuar foi até o limite pois ela não chegou até aqui entregando as lutas nas primeiras dores de golpes ou lesões , mais isso só entende quem é do nosso perfil mesmo !! 2017 foi a melhor atleta disparado no Brasil , liderou a categoria dela até entrar no UFC e pegou só a Valentina que ninguém queria pegar e olha que sei de nomes fortes que fugiram dessa luta , mais aqui é PRVT e sempre vamos aceitar o desafio é se der um revés vamos atrás de melhorar assim como já fiz com jessica vo fazer com @pedritaprvtufc podem esperar !! Já já os mesmos que criticaram vão elogiar e os invejosos vão se calar com nosso sucesso , não estamos aqui à toa sabemos oque estamos fazendo e qual é nosso caminho percorrido !! Vamos com tudo recuperar após a cirurgia e depois voltar ao topo porque só de estar no maior evento do mundo com certeza estamos no topo !! PRVT no UFC !! A saga continua !’ Doa a quem doer !! Ooossssssss @jessicammapro #prvt

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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/5/2018.

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