Last night, the UFC touched down in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with UFC 215. When the card’s originally scheduled Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg main event was nixed at the last minute, its Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko co-main event was elevated to the headlining spot.
Nunes and Shevchenko’s headlining women’s bantamweight title showdown was an incredibly competitive one, as both women enjoyed many moments of success and the momentum swung several times. In the end, however, the judges awarded the win to Nunes by split decision. Unsurprisingly, many members of the MMA community felt the judges got the decision wrong – that includes Valentina Shevchenko herself.
Speaking to the media post-fight, Shevchenko explained that she felt she deserved the nod, and that she plans to pursue an immediate rematch.
“I want my title, and I’m ready to take one more fight against Amanda because I don’t agree, and I know it was my fight,” Shevchenko told reporters of the decision (h/t MMAJunkie.com). “If I have to fight her next, it will for sure be my victory.”
“It’s difficult to say, because the UFC has to make the decision. But I will ask for the rematch.”
“If you lost, you lost. But if you didn’t lose, but the decision goes to the other side, you feel it’s totally not right.”
“It should be a clear victory,” Shevchenko concluded. “But from this fight, you can see on her face and my face who landed more punches. I had stitches on my skin because I hit her teeth. I totally disagree.”
Shevchenko was then asked if she planned to appeal the loss, and apparently, she will if she’s able.
“If I can, I will, because I totally don’t agree,” she said. “But I know from my experience, if judges make a decision once, it’s very difficult to change their mind.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/10/2017.