Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes met for the second time on Saturday at UFC 215. This time, Nunes had the women’s bantamweight title in her possession, but the result was another decision verdict in her favor.
It was indeed a close fight, but two judges Sal D’Amato and David Therjan awarded Nunes rounds 1,3 and 5, and rounds 1, 2, and 5, respectively. Judge Tony Weeks, however, saw Shevchenko winning rounds 2, 3, and 5. The official split decision scores were 48-47, 47-48, and 47-48.
Shevchenko was duly disappointed with the result, but she is arguing that Nunes was way too “passive” to be given the win, based on the new rules.
“In addition, the new rules say and we were advised before the fight say 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,” Shevchenko wrote in lengthy social media post. “And Nunes couldn't land not one punch on the graund (sic).”
She also went after those who pointed out that Nunes was able to control the center of the cage.
“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 receive all possible attacks. A fighter must and can use the entire perimeter of an octagon according to his tactics and style.”
Below is the entire post written by Shevchenko.
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 victory to Nunes (48-47, 47-48, 47-48)
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 take down against one of mine.
In addition, the new rules say and we were advised before the fight say 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 couldn't land not one punch on the graund.
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 by what advantage did Nunes win?
Leading a passive fight only pushing me with "tips" to the leg and not landing any punchs?
While I had to in the same time to both counterattack and attack her, because she took in 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 receive all possible attacks. A fighter must and can use the entire perimeter of an octagon according to his tactics and style.
For example, the style of Mohamed Ali and Mike Tyson is completely different in how they used the different parts of the ring.
This rule of the center of the octagon is made for when one fighter avoids fight and runing 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 exchange. The goal is to strike inflict damage and not receive damange in a response. And this can only be achieved 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 fingers 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 achieving my goal.
I'll rest a bit and then start training in order to get back to the octagon in the near future.
Nunes, we will meet again!