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UFC on ESPN+ 14: Valentina Shevchenko decisions Liz Carmouche

Not a barnburner of a fight, but Bullet tames Girl-Rilla over five rounds

UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (18-3-0) carefully outpointed Liz Carmouche (13-7-0) over five rounds to take a comfortable unanimous decision victory in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 14 in Montevideo Saturday night.

Shevchenko used her arsenal of kicks and strikes to pile up the points on Carmouche, who tried to get inside and land takedowns, but was usually met with a painful Shevchenko counter. There was a Shevchenko submission attempt in the fourth round, but Carmouche defended well. It wasn’t the most exciting bout of the night – particularly with the Vicente Luque vs. Mike Perry war preceding it – but by the end, it was clear that the champion deserved to win.

The judges scored it 50-45, 50-45, and 50-45.

With the win, Shevchenko avenges a September 2010 loss to Carmouche and defends the 125 pound belt for the second time.

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Veronica Macedo and Volkan Oezdemir earned performances of the night while Luque and Perry earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

VERONICA MACEDO DEF. POLYANA VIANA VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 1:09

ALEX DA SILVA COELHO DEF. RODRIGO VARGAS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

CHRIS GUTIERREZ DEF. GERALDO DE FREITAS VIA SD (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

ROGERIO BONTORIN DEF. RAULIAN PAIVA FRANZAO VIA TKO (DOCTOR’S STOPPAGE) R1 2:56

MARINA RODRIGUEZ DEF. TECIA TORRES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

CIRYL GANE DEF. RAPHAEL PESSOA NUNES VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R1 4:12

GILBERT BURNS DEF. ALEXEY KUNCHENKO VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD 

ENRIQUE BARZOLA VS. BOBBY MOFFETT 

 

WINNER: ENRIQUE BARZOLA VIA SD (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ENRIQUE BARZOLA VIA UD

Andrews: Close fight, but Barzola edged it out.

RODOLFO VIEIRA VS. OSKAR PIECHOTA 

 

WINNER: RODOLF VIEIRA VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R2 4:26

ANDREWS PREDICTION: OSKAR PIECHOTA VIA TKO

Andrews: I think one of the things that can trump inexperience in the octagon is a good ground game and we saw that here. Good win for Vieira.

ILIR LATIFI VS. VOLKAN OEZDEMIR 

 

WINNER: VOLKAN OEZDEMIR VIA KO (PUNCH) R2 4:20

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ILIR LATIFI VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Oezdemir definitely learned from fighting Cormier. Excellent win.

HUMBERTO BANDENAY VS. LUIZ EDUARDO GARAGORRI 

 

WINNER: LUIZ EDUARDO GARAGORRI VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: HUMBERTO BANDENAY VIA UD

Andrews: Luiz simply outworked Bandenay.

VICENTE LUQUE VS. MIKE PERRY

 

WINNER: VINCENTE LUQUE VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VINCENTE LUQUE VIA TKO

Andrews: They brought it and unfortunately somebody had to lose on paper. But the stock in these guys actually increased. Great fight.

MAIN EVENT

VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VS. LIZ CARMOUCHE

 

WINNER: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Shevchenko could have gone for the finish, but decided to play it safe. Who can beat her at 125?

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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