Dubai: It’s not too often that you see siblings fighting on the same card during an MMA event.
But if it’s the Shevchenko sisters, Valentina and Antonina, you can be sure they’ll take the opportunity to prove that they’re a very special fighter and leave the Octagon as winners.
Shortly after Antonina, the elder of the two Kyrgyzstani / Peruvian sisters, broke down Ariane Lipski via TKO at the end of Round 2, Valentina, the more famous name in MMA, delivered a master class to meditate on Jennifer Maia from Brazil and to fight. co-main event at UFC 255 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
For many, the women’s flyweight competition overshadowed the main event between Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez, where the former recorded a flawless victory in the submission via the dreaded guillotine choke at just one to two seconds of the first round to defend his flyweight title.
Figueiredo (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is by far one of the most formidable fighters in the flyweight ranks and is quickly catching up with opponents who could thwart his incredible momentum.
“Call me master of the wizards,” he said after another easy day at the office. ‘I promised my boss I would do it, and I told them it would happen, so I practiced for it and that’s exactly what happened.
‘We changed our position because he had never seen me kick in previous fights, but I knew I could kick him, but he never had it on film.
‘I want to face Brandon Moreno, Dana let it happen, that’s the fight I want.
I love everyone in Brazil. I’m the best pound-for-pound! ”
Valentina Shevchenko could also claim the best flyweight, but unlike Figueiredo, she was not sure what the future would hold for her. But for the moment, she has won a victory over a very dangerous opponent in Maia.
“The victory is something that brings so much happiness every time,” she said. ‘It’s an incredible feeling, the best feeling ever after the victory.
‘Today we have a double wonderful feeling because my sister won, I won and it’s a big celebration for us.
‘I’m ready to fight someone, I never choose my opponent. I’m ready for whoever they’ll put in front of me.
‘I believe there should be another fight between Jessica Andrade and Lauren Murphy, because Lauren Murphy, she did very well to get where she is now.
‘But the other question is, do I want to wait that long? No, I do not, ”she added, alluding to what a threatening retirement could mean. “I finally come back from the injury and wait so long, I don’t want to wait that long anymore.”
Light Heavyweight: Craig def. Rua via TKO – Round 2, 3:36
Flyweight: Chookagian Def. Calvillo by unanimous decision – 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Welterweight: means Def. Perry by unanimous decision – 30-27, 29-28, 29-28
Flyweight: V Shevchenko defeated. Maia by unanimous decision – 49-46, 49-46, 49-46
Fly weight: Figueiredo def. Perez via submission – Round 1, 1:57
Welterweight: Dalby def. Rodriguez by unanimous decision – 30-27, 29-28, 29-28
Flyweight: A Shevchenko def. Lipski via TKO – Round 2, 4:33
Middleweight: Buckley def. Wright via KO – Round 2, 0:18
Flyweight: Moreno def. Royval via TKO – Round 1, 4:59
Welterweight: Palatnikov def. Cosce via TKO – Round 3, 2:47
Medium weight: Daukaus def. Stolzfus via unanimous decision – 30-27, 30-27, 30-26
Welterweight: Jouban def. Goods through unanimous decision – 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Source: Gulf News