Nunes retains UFC title in close decision
Brazilian brawler Amanda Nunes played a tactical game Saturday night to defeat challenger Valentina Shevchenko by split decision and retain her bantamweight title, at UFC 215 at Rogers Place.
“I wanted to show the world I’m here to stay,’’ Nunes later told reporters.
The judges scored it 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 to run Nunes’ record to 15-4.
It was a careful fight with many single shots and few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round.
The fans often booed and chanted “Fight, fight fight!”
Nunes later told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds and wear Shevchenko down and then strike.
“I know the crowd wants to see a knockout ... but tonight this fight was for me, to go five rounds and prove I’m the best. I’m here to stay. I’m here for a reason,’’ she said.
In a bout with a potential title shot on the line, former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos submitted sixth-ranked Neil Magny with an arm-triangle choke at 3:43 of the first round of their bout.
drops an elbow on neil magny at ufc 215. Women’s bantamweight champion
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