Valentina Shevchenko successfully defended her UFC Women’s Flyweight title by defeating Liz Carmouche by unanimous decision on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 156 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
shevchenko’s win capped a six-match main card that featured a back-and-forth fight, a winning ufc debut and a dominant knockout.
Here’s a look at the night’s main and preliminary card winners, as well as scorecards, recaps and highlights.
female flyweight: valentina shevchenko def. liz carmouche by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
welterweight: vicente luque def. mike perry by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
featherweight: luiz eduardo garagorri def. humberto bandenay by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
light heavyweight: volkan oezdemir def. ilir latifi via knockout at 4:31 of round 2
middleweight: rodolfo vieira der. oskar piechota via arm triangle choke submission at 4:26 of round 2
featherweight: enrique barzola def. bobby moffett by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
welterweight: gilbert burns def. alexey kunchenko by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
heavyweight: ciryl win def. raphael pessoa nunes via triangle armbar choke submission at 4:12 of round 1
female strawweight: marina rodriguez def. tecia torres by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
flyweight: rogerio bontorin def. raulian paiva via tko (doctor stoppage) at 2:56 of round 1
bantamweight: chris gutierrez def. Geraldo de Freitas by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
light: alex da silva coelho def. rodrigo vargas by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
female flyweight: veronica macedo def. polyana viana via armbar submission at 1:09 of round 1
Summary and highlights of the main card
female flyweight: valentina shevchenko vs. liz carmouche
The heavily favored Shevchenko had little trouble in her rematch against Carmouche, who defeated the champion via TKO in an MMA fight in September 2010.
this time, shevchenko dominated from start to finish thanks in part to multiple strikes leading to multiple takedowns:
she also knocked carmouche to the canvas in the third round:
shevchenko had 42 significant strikes to carmouche’s 18, according to ufc statistics.
after the game, there was no doubt about the result, as espn’s ariel helwani pointed out.
Several people also questioned Camp Carmouche’s game plan:
As for Shevchenko, his win had historic significance, according to statistics from espn & information:
shevchenko improved to 18-3 after his second successful title defense. carmouche is now 13-7.
welterweight: vicente luque vs mike perry
vicente luque handily won his split decision win over mike perry as both fighters traded significant blows over three rounds before the 27-year-old clinched victory.
perry dished out some tough shots in the second round:
but luque responded and broke perry’s nose and gave him a big cut:
ufc middleweight brad tavares was clearly impressed:
The two fighters combined for a significant 171 strikes, with Perry holding a slight advantage with 87.
luque now has a professional record of 17-6-1. perry is 13-5.
featherweight: luiz eduardo garagorri vs. humberto bandenay
Uruguayan fighter Luiz Eduardo Garagorri won a unanimous decision victory in his native country by sweeping all rounds on the judges’ scorecards by defeating Humberto Bandenay.
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garagorri had 65 significant goals compared to bandenay’s 32:
It was a good match overall that featured frenetic action at times (and even high-fives between opponents):
later, the montevideo crowd cheered garagorri emphatically after the victory:
garagorri improved to 13-0, and bandenay is now 14-7 with a no contest.
light heavyweight: volkan oezdemir vs. ilir latifi
volkan oezdemir produced a resounding victory over ilir latifi ending in a second round knockout:
Oezdemir’s victory seemed almost inevitable after an excellent start. He landed more significant strikes (64) than Latifi even attempted (60).
The 29-year-old Swiss fighter had 42 of those in the second round:
oezdemir’s victory snapped a three-fight losing streak and catapulted him to a 16-4 record. latifi is 14-7 with a no-contest.
middleweight: rodolfo vieira vs. oskar piechota
rodolfo vieira’s second round triangle arm choke ended his middleweight fight against oskar piechota:
piechota landed 22 significant strikes to vieiera’s 18, but the winner had three takedowns. he also took control of the match in the second round with eight significant strikes against the four of piechota.
helwani gave scallop its due credit:
vieira is 6-0 in his professional mma career, with five wins by submission. piechota is 11-2-1.
featherweight: enrique barzola vs. bobby moffett
enrique barzola scored a split decision victory over bobby moffett in an exciting fight that could have gone either way:
moffett landed a significant 90 strikes compared to barzola’s 83, but the victor landed three takedowns. those may have been the difference in the split decision.
barzola lives on the edge of the ufc, as mma mania reported that all eight of his fights in the promotion have gone to the judges. the 30-year-old Peruvian is 6-2 in those bouts.
barzola improved to 16-4-1 overall in pro mma fights, and moffett dropped to 14-5.