Valentina Shevchenko explains scoring flaws in lengthy statement on UFC 215 loss to Amanda Nunes

Valentina Shevchenko is still befuddled over the judges’ decision in her UFC 215 headliner with Amanda Nunes.Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) fell just short of the UFC women’s bantamweight title this past weekend when she lost a split decision to Amanda Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in the headliner of UFC 215, which went down at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with the main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.It was a narrow and hotly contested decision, which saw each judge score the bout in a different manner. Shevchenko was instantly stunned by the result and called foul, stating that she did not understand how the contest could be scored in Nunes’ favor.After a few days of reflection, Shevchenko has not changed her tune. She is still fuming and took to social media to post a lengthy statement with her thoughts on why all who perceive Nunes as the victor are wrong (via Instagram):

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The whole statement is also available below:

“First of all, I want to thank all those who supported me! The support from my dear friends, media, and fans is very important to me!
After 5 rounds fight the judges were divided in opinion, and 2-1 they gave the victory to Nunes (48-47, 47-48, 48-47). I do not think that the fight was lost, 3 rounds out of 5 I definitely won.
In the middle of the first round, after exchanging of punches, I dislocated a finger on my left hand, so I could not fully realize my advantage from the beginning of the fight. During the break after the first round, my coach Pavel Fedotov put the joint in place, and from the second round I was able to work with both hands.
And in the last 5th round Nunes made one takedown against one of mine.
In addition, the new rules say and we were advised before the fight that if you do not do any damage or action when you hold a position (including takedown) then this control does not give an advantage. And Nunes could'[t land no one punch on the ground.
For the whole fight, I did not get a hit to my face from her.
If someone else has a doubt in my victory in the 2, 3, 4 rounds, then why what advantage did Nunes win? Leading a passive right only pushing me with “tips to the leg and not landing any punches? While I had to in the same time both counterattack and attack her, because she took in a passive position.
Some write and say that she held the center of the octagon, as an advantage. Our competitions are not called – to guard the center of the octagon and win. Yes, you can occupy the center of the octagon, but then relieve all the possible attacks. A fighter must and cn use the entire perimeter of an octagon according to his tactics and style.
For example the styled of Mohamed Ali and Mike Tyson is completely different in how they used they used different parts of the ring. The rule of the center of the octagon is made for the one fighter avoids fight and running out from the fight. Then, yes, the one who is in the center of the octagon has the advantage.
Running into an open strike exchange against an opponent who is taller, bigger and heavier would be foolish of me. And how bad can end this kind of “runs forward” we have seen in various fight.
In my fights I put emphasis on technique, tactics and speed.
We are doing martial arts, it is not the hardest forehead competition to win the victory, and not to win in accidentally striking exchanges. The goal is to strike inflict damage and not receive damage in a response. And this can only be achieve by training your art to the highest level.
Therefore, after the fight, I have not a single bruise on my face, but all my fists and diners are broken from delivering punches. I am very upset that it happened, especially upset for those fans who worried about me and supported me.
MMA is a very interesting and diverse sport, anything can happen. Of course, I’m upset, but I’m not going to let this stop me from achieve my goal. I’ll rest a bit and then start training in order to get back in the octagon in the near future.
Nunes, we will meet again!”
Although getting a third bout after losing twice to a single opponent is difficult under any circumstance, Shevchenko said her top priority is to get another fight with Nunes. She originally claimed she would consider appealing the result, but her manager recently told ESPN.com that is no longer the plan.
A move down to the newly created UFC women’s flyweight division would seem like Shevchenko’s quickest path to another championship fight, but it appears her sole focus is to share the octagon with “The Lioness.”For more on UFC 215, visit the UFC Events section of the site.


















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