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Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215 in Edmonton

Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215 in Edmonton

Saturday night's UFC 215 PPV event from Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton was the third UFC event for the husband and wife from Prince Albert, SK.

It was a tactical fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes (15-4-0) took Shevchenko twice to the mat in the fifth round. Growing up in Newfoundland, Peyton grew up with UFC fighter Gavin Tucker and this was his first chance to watch his old friend live.

However, the judges didn't see it that way and gave Nunes the nod, which meant Shevchenko failed in her pursuit to become the fifth woman to rule to 135lbs division.

"I don't want to hear this girl or anything", Nunes said. With under two minutes left, Shevchenko tried to turn a Nunes takedown into a throw, but Nunes ended up on her back on the mat. She didn't hit me with one punch. She has not really looked overwhelmed in any of her bouts. Her nose is red from my punches and why did she steal [the fight]?

"I'm a new champion". The first kick, I hurt my feet and had to slow down.

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"I think three of five rounds, I won exactly".

"Like I said my whole [pre-fight] interview, I know everything Valentina is going to bring tonight", Nunes said. I won these three rounds. I know at the end of the round she was the one getting exhausted, not me. "But I went to get my takedowns".

"You can see on her face and on my face who landed more punches".

Amanda Nunes finally put to rest concerns about her stamina on Saturday by going five hard rounds in the main event of UFC 215.

After when rivals fight a couple of times, they squash their beef and move on, but it doesn't sound like that's going to happen with Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko.

"I was not concerned about anything [entering Round 5]", Nunes said. "But if you not lost and the decision go to the other side, this is when you feel it's not right", Shevchenko said.

In addition to that fight, the main card will feature a light heavyweight contest between Ilir Latifi and Tyson Pedro as well as a welterweight contest between Neil Magny and former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos.

No. 2-ranked flyweight Henry (The Messenger) Cejudo, looking for another title shot against Demetrious Johnson, nailed Wilson Reis of Brazil square in the jaw, dropping him to the mat, then ground pounding him into a knockout win 25 seconds into the second round.

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