Amanda Nunes jokes she needs blonde hair, blue eyes for UFC to promote her better

Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes isn’t feeling the promotional love from the UFC. But, hey, at least she has a sense of humor about it.

On Sunday, Nunes tweeted a doctored image of herself by @MMAFanLondon with blonde hair, next to a quote of her saying the UFC prefers to push “blondies, cute little girls who fight and take pictures.” (Via Twitter)

I think I have a chance now. only miss the blue eyes 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤭

Nunes later returned to clear the air, saying she’s “not mad at the UFC.” The champ then added that she had “the same idea as they did” – which, judging by the blonde bride emoji, seemed like a reference to girlfriend and fellow UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff.

Ansaroff also went in on the joke. (Via Twitter)

The quote about “blondies, cute little girls” was taken from an article published at FloCombat.com, in which Nunes talks about not receiving the same push from the UFC as previous female champions, namely Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm.

Nunes also stated that she believes the company wanted her dethroned – and that she’d talked to them about it, too.

“They’re not idiots. They know what they do,” Nunes said. “It’s all about marketing. That’s why it’s the UFC. That’s why they’re doing it. They want to get someone to beat me for me to get out badly.

“I told them about it. I know that’s what they want, someone that they can really promote and make money with.”

Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) has held the UFC women’s 135-pound crown since July 2016, when a UFC 200 headliner against Miesha Tate resulted in a first-round knockout for the Brazilian “Lioness.” She’s twice defended her belt, first making quick work of Rousey and then edging Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215 with a split decision.

Earlier this month, the 29-year-old champ was MMA’s only representative in Forbes’ prestigious “30 under 30” list. Nunes also has won “Performance of the Night” bonuses for three of her past six wins.

But, despite her achievements, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the champion. When a bad bout of sinusitis forced her out of a scheduled UFC 213 meeting with Shevchenko, Nunes had the validity of her last-minute withdrawal questioned by many – including UFC president Dana White.

In the article that sparked the tweets, Nunes was clear in that she was not about to change her ways in order to cater to the market – even if it there are some financial disadvantages that come with the lack of promotional push.

“The UFC only shows the good moments of some people and only the bad ones of others, which is the case with me,” Nunes said, “and every fight I have, it’s like this.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Nina Ansaroff contemplates having baby with UFC champ Amanda Nunes, though decision not clear

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UFC strawweight Nina Ansaroff pulled off arguably the biggest victory of her career earlier this month with a unanimous-decision victory over former Invicta FC champion Angela Hill at UFC Fight Night 120.

And with it, things are on the up-and-up for Ansaroff (8-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC).

After a two-fight losing streak to open her UFC career, the 31-year-old Ansaroff now has back-to-back wins, both coming in 2017. She’s got her mojo back, you might say, and she’s thinking seriously about her future. But those thoughts aren’t just about fighting.

Does she aspire to be a UFC champion? Yes, she does. But also …

“I do want a family, and that’s something that I would have to take time off for,” Ansaroff recently told MMAjunkie Radio following her win earlier this month. “If you’re going to tell me that I’m not going to fight in a year, I would use that year to have a child. But if you tell me we’re going to get this going, give (me) three fights in the next year? Let’s do the thing. I’m not picking one or the other at this time. I’m going to go with what it is.”

Ansaroff, who is in a relationship with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, isn’t ready to make a definite decision on what’s next. She feels like she still has plenty of years fighting left in her. And if the opportunity presents itself to remain active and make a run at the title, Ansaroff will go that route.

That’s the tricky part, though. Some clarity on what the UFC has planned for her in 2018 would help her make a decision.

“It’s not this or that. It is, but it’s not. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t,” Ansaroff said. “But in our situation it takes planning. It’s not like a normal relationship. You know how this works these days. So I need to know when I’m fighting next and when I’m not.”

Check out the video above to hear more from Ansaroff.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC champ Amanda Nunes is MMA's only representative on Forbes' '30 under 30'

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Dann StuppUFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is in some pretty elite company.

Forbes.com today unveiled its “30 Under 30 2018” lists, including one for the sports world.

Nunes, a 29-year-old Brazilian, appears on the list with the likes of boxer Canelo Alvarez, the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones, swimmer Jessica Long, tennis player Sloane Stephens and NASCAR driver Kyle Larson, among others.

Here’s Forbes.com‘s summary of Nunes:

“She sent shockwaves through the UFC world by defeating Ronda Rousey in just 48 seconds. The first openly gay champion for the sport, Nunes is the reigning women’s bantamweight champion with a 15-4 record. Nunes has an endorsement deal with TEN spring water.”

Other “30 under 30” categories include Art & Style, Hollywood & Entertainment, Games, Music, Media and Science.

Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC), the No. 1 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, is currently riding a six-fight winning streak, which includes a title win over Miesha Tate and defenses over Ronda Rousey and Valentina Shevchenko. “The Lioness” also has three “Performance of the Night” bonuses in her past five fights.

Nunes expected to sit out the rest of 2017 and return in early 2018.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Nina Ansaroff: UFC champ Amanda Nunes showed me how to win as an underdog

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NORFOLK, Va. – Nina Ansaroff showed once again why she relishes the role of underdog when she defeated Angela Hill on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120.

Ansaroff (8-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) pulled off arguably the biggest win of her career when she topped Hill (7-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) by unanimous decision in their strawweight bout, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The odds weren’t in her favor going into the event, but Ansaroff said she didn’t mind. Her girlfriend, Amanda Nunes, who also just happens to be the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, has gone into plenty of fights on the wrong end of the odds. She’s overcome it many times, so Ansaroff said she was comfortable with the situation.

“I love when I’m the underdog,” Ansaroff told MMAjunkie after her victory. “I’m used to Amanda all the time as the champion being the underdog, so it’s just a little bit more motivation to get the job done. I use it for the energy in the fight then laugh about it after.”

The fact Ansaroff was able to beat Hill wasn’t the biggest surprise of the night, but it was how she got the job done. She stood toe-to-toe with the decorated striker and managed to have the better moments over 15 minutes. Although that wasn’t her strict game plan, Ansaroff said she knew she could perform on the feet.

“It’s exactly what I figured it was going to go,” Ansaroff said. “I’m not one to back down from a brawl. I got caught up in it a little more than I should have. I should have not played her game so much, but sometimes I get caught up in it because it’s fun. It was a good fight, and it went the way it went.”

After starting her UFC career 0-2, Ansaroff has bounced back with two solid victories in a row. She said she wants to keep that momentum going, and after beating a former Invicta FC champion in Hill, she wants another step up.

“When I fight higher-level opponents it brings out the better in me. I just want to keep climbing from here. I don’t want to call out names, but I want someone in the top 10. My goal is to be the champion.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Colby Covington doesn't care about Amanda Nunes or any other Brazilian ATT fighters he offended

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You didn’t really think Colby Covington would be worried about hurting his Brazilian teammates’ feelings, did you?

By calling Brazilians “filthy animals” after defeating Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo, Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) has incurred the wrath of many, including from folks at American Top Team, the gym he calls home.

Head coach Ricardo Liborio, who is Brazilian, condemned Covington’s actions while also announcing his departure from the team. Brazilian ATT competitors have also spoken out against Covington, most notably UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and heavyweight Antonio Silva.

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That doesn’t seem to faze Covington one bit.

“I don’t really care about Amanda Nunes. I don’t really care about ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, you know,” Covington on Monday told MMAjunkie Radio. “They’re not my friends. They never have been my friends, and they never will be my friends.”

Considering these Brazilian fighters are teammates who work out alongside Covington, you might think “Chaos” would show at least a little concern for offending them. But that apparently couldn’t be further from the truth.

“It’s not a team. I’m not part of a team,” Covington said. “… We’re not in a points-scoring system like basketball or football, where it’s a team. This is an individual sport. I do represent American Top Team, but I don’t represent any other fighters in that gym.”

Plus, the way Covington sees it, there’ a lack unity in the gym that already exists.

“There’s always been a dividing line between the Americans and the Brazilians,” Covington said. “I’ve said this since Day 1: There’s a lot of clicks in the gym. If you go back through my interviews, then you know this is nothing new that I haven’t said before. So it is what it is.”

None of this should come as a surprise after Covington’s flippant apology.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Raquel Pennington suffers broken leg, preventing fight with UFC champ Amanda Nunes

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UFC women’s bantamweight contender Raquel Pennington seemed like the obvious next candidate to challenge divisional champion Amanda Nunes. Unfortunately, that’s not gong to happen anytime soon.

Pennington (9-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) suffered a broken leg in car accident on Wednesday in Colorado. The accident happened just after verbal agreements were in place for a title bout with Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, Pennington’s management team told MMAjunkie. The news was first reported by Combate.

The incident comes just as Pennington was set to make a comeback from a more than year-long layoff. She defeated former champion Miesha Tate by unanimous decision at UFC 205 in November 2016, but afterward was forced to undergo shoulder surgery.

Pennington, No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, is still evaluating options on whether she’ll require surgery to repair the damage to her leg, a rep said.

Regardless, she’ll have to wait for the chance to extend her current four-fight winning streak, which is the second longest active run at 135 pounds behind champion No. 1-ranked Nunes’ six-fight winning streak.

An exact timeline for Pennington’s return to competition is unknown.

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Valentina Shevchenko changes tune, targets drop to UFC women's flyweight division

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From the second she lost to UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 215, Valentina Shevchenko was asking for a rematch.

Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) blasted the judges who handed her a split-decision loss and even contemplated filing an appeal in lieu of a third fight with the Brazilian.

But after some time to simmer down, she appears to have had a change of heart. Rather than push for another shot at Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC), she’s targeting the newly opened flyweight class as her next conquest.

“Now I’m thinking to move to 125 (pounds), and I think more probably my next fight it will be in this division,” Shevchenko told Submission Radio on Thursday. “Because 125 is like much closer weight for me. It’s my real weight category, and even at 135 I feel comfortable, and I feel like 125 I will be able to use all my techniques and all my skills because I will fight with the same-sized opponents as me.”

The UFC formally opened the women’s 125-pound division earlier this year with “The Ultimate Fighter 26,” which debuted this past month and features 16 flyweight female fighters vying for the inaugural title belt.

Shevchenko had little incentive to move with 135-pound gold within her grasp. But now that she’s fallen short and dropped two fights to Nunes, she sees it as a more logical move than trying to get an immediate rematch or appeal the fight.

“I want to win my belt in a fair battle and to receive the belt from the fight, not only from legal situation or fighting like appeal or something like that,” she said. “And I know it will come; I will have my time. And will do everything great next time. So, I prefer to be the champion in the fight, not on the paper.”

The move to 125 pounds will be very familiar for the Russian. While competing in muay Thai, she fought as a flyweight and won several championships. One of her victims in the ring was none other than women’s strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

“Just a little bit of cutting, and it will be everything perfect,” Shevchenko said. “Because, in my Muay Thai fights, I was fighting every time at 125. The last year I was moving a little bit up in weight class, but it was 130. So I feel very comfortable at 125.

“And even at 125, we can have like opponents (that are) very tall, but of course it will be the same physical conditions – the same head, the same size arms and everything, the same like mine.”

Shevchenko hasn’t totally let go of a possible third fight with Nunes. She eventually plans to return to the bantamweight division to exact revenge.

“And for the next time, not give any chance to make this like this decision that was made a few days ago,” Shevchenko said. “Of course, it’s on my mind, and I still want it. Not right now, not in the near future, but definitely it will happen.”

Now, Shevchenko can start entertaining a matchup repeatedly posed to her by fans and journalists who were aware of her kickboxing past at flyweight.

“Every time when people ask me about Joanna, I say that, why not? Because we have our history, our era in fighting Muay Thai, and now we can start to do the same in MMA in the UFC,” she said.

For complete coverage of UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of MMAjunkie.

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Twitter Mailbag: Is this too high a price to pay for a clean(er) UFC?

The UFC’s anti-doping program can be a bummer for fans, but does that mean we’d be better off without it? Plus, did we all get what we deserved, in one way or another, with the main event scratch at UFC 215?

All that and more in this week’s Twitter Mailbag. To ask a question of your own, tweet to @BenFowlkesMMA.

Those are all pretty frustrating, though when you group them together like that it does make the “money fight” phenomenon seem a lot less annoying, because at least that one results in a fight.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency thing is a different matter. With some of the recent suspensions, I think a lot of people have started to wonder just how clean they really need this sport to be. We don’t want to feel like every main event is a glorified science experiment, but would that be better than no main events at all?

Plus, people are starting to wonder whether USADA is really catching dopers and cheats, or just a bunch of careless supplement shoppers. Of course, then we’d have to ask ourselves why it is that MMA fighters seem so prone to accidentally ingesting steroids, when other sports don’t seem to have the same problem, or at least not this often.

It really comes down to a simple question: Do we care about fighters doping or not? If we do, then I’m not sure we really want to complain that USADA is doing too good a job at catching them. Whatever you think of how that turinabol got in Jon Jones’ system, the positive B sample tells us that it was there. Until there’s a test developed that can tell us if someone actually meant to cheat, we have to accept that result and move on.

Unless you’re in the camp that says we shouldn’t care about doping. And, honestly, I can see how some people might be feeling that way right now. Wouldn’t it be more fun for fans if a bunch of awesomely doped-up fighters smashed each other with all manner of spinning stuff well into their forties?

And, yeah, that would probably be fun to watch, at least as long as you could ignore the human costs associated with it. A sport where doping is allowed will quickly become a sport where doping is required. Some drugs might speed your recovery time from nagging injuries, but they won’t do a thing to protect your brain from the consequences of all this trauma.

That’s exactly what has happened in the hours since you asked this question, although it wasn’t necessarily an automatic move. The outcome of the fight is handled by the commission, but the belt is the UFC’s. The promotion can do what it likes with it, as California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster confirmed when I spoke to him last week.

The options here were limited. Either you give the light heavyweight belt back to Daniel Cormier, or you leave it vacant until someone can officially win it.

But does Cormier feel like the champ? Maybe, if you can convince yourself that Jones only beat him (both times) with some help from performance-enhancing drugs. If you’re more willing to buy any combination of tainted supplement defenses, it gets a little tougher.

The real problem for Cormier’s title legitimacy is that there’s almost nothing he can realistically do about it. He’s already beaten most of the other top 205-pounders, so any victory over a light heavyweight not named Jon Jones will just feel like rehashing old arguments rather proving something new. That’s a tough spot to be in, especially when you’re the one who didn’t do anything wrong.

Ha, good one. As if Dana White could “make” Conor McGregor do anything he doesn’t want to do right now.

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Seems like Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg is slated for UFC 216 now, assuming Borg can steer clear of viral illnesses in the meantime. If that holds, it’ll mean the top three bouts look like this:

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
  • Johnson vs. Borg
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum

I don’t know about you, but that’s enough for me. Now we just have to hope all those fights are still on the card come Oct. 7.

It’s tricky, because one of the first questions we have to ask is who would issue the ban.

The penalties under the UFC’s current anti-doping program are pretty stiff, with suspensions potentially doubling after each offense. But if the ban came from USADA and the UFC, then the UFC would pretty much have to release the fighter from his contract. If that happened with someone like Jones, you know Bellator would be blowing up his phone trying to cut a deal.

Even if a lifetime ban came from an athletic commission and made it impossible to get a license, that wouldn’t stop someone like Jones from ending up in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve, fighting a sumo wrestler in a one-night tournament (and the wind whispered: “Baruto…”).

Try, for a moment, to imagine that as a bad thing rather than a good one.

If you’re referring to this explanation, it leaves a little to be desired. Amanda Nunes repeatedly extended the fingers of her outstretched hand while fighting Valentina Shevchenko. John McCarthy would warn her, she’d stop for a little while, then she’d do it again.

I can see how someone might argue that as long as there’s no problem as long as there’s no actual eye poke, but that seems flawed to me. If you’re standing there with your fingers outstretched in the general region of my face, I have to weigh the possibility of getting poked when I consider coming forward.

And if I do get my retinas jabbed, hey, you might lose a point, but I might lose full vision for a few minutes or more. That could be enough of an advantage for you that the penalty on the scorecards doesn’t matter.

Maybe a little, but close fights always seem to bring out the worst in us. Georges St-Pierre was super popular when he won that decision over Johny Hendricks in his last UFC fight, and still we had to watch Dana White’s head change colors as he called for the governor of Nevada to look into the state athletic commission.

Shevchenko can be mad if she wants, but if she’s watched this sport for any length of time I don’t see how she can be surprised. She spent most of the fight trying to counter with her back nearly touching the fence. I’m not saying you can’t win a decision that way, but you can just as easily lose one if you don’t make it super clear that you’re the one doing the damage.

Francis Ngannou. He’s a heavyweight, and fans love the big guys. He’s also relatively young (31), so you could still get some mileage out of him. Plus he’s never lost in the UFC, so Dana White can’t claim that he’s on the way down and Bellator’s only reviving the rejects.

Ngannou is a huge dude who puts people away and dresses like a particularly rad Bond villain. If properly hyped, you could do a lot with a guy like that.

What, you didn’t hear? It was a “viral illness.” Nothing at all to do with the weight cut. It just so happened to hit him as he was cutting weight, which is itself a process that hasn’t gone well for him recently. What a coincidence.

People have jumped on this turn of events as proof that Johnson should have fought T.J. Dillashaw instead. What they forget is that Dillashaw has never made 125 pounds in the UFC, whereas Borg has at least proven that he can do it some of the time.

Also, let’s not forget that Johnson was willing to take the fight if the UFC would give him certain financial guarantees in the event that Dillashaw didn’t make the weight. That’s probably because Johnson was smart enough to anticipate a situation just like this, where he trains but doesn’t get paid, and now has to do it all over again a month from now.

My prediction for this one was that we’d all complain until the fight got closer, in part because it feels like we’ve been hearing about this fight for years now, but once fight time arrived we’d get at least a little bit hyped. I still think that’s what will happen, and you’re right that the complete lack of other big fights on the horizon has a lot to do with it.

Is this a kind of silly fight? Yes. Are there much better things that the middleweight champ could be doing, now that we have a wealth of middleweight contenders? Absolutely. Does that mean I’ll sit out the return of GSP? Not on your life.

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Follow him on Twitter at @BenFowlkesMMA. Twitter Mailbag appears every Thursday on MMAjunkie.

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UFC 215 'Fight Motion:' In which Gilbert Melendez's lower leg swells up instantly

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Jeremy Stephens delivered a barrage of low kicks to Gilbert Melendez and, as we in the “Fight Motion: highlights for this past Saturday’s UFC 215 bout, the swelling began instantly and forced Melendez to the mat.

The super-slow-motion highlights capture the action from the event at Rogers place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada., which aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) once again proved his durability in the cage, but he’d probably just as soon forget all about his featherweight debut against Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC) as he dropped a unanimous decision with scores of 30-26, 30-26 and 30-25. The story of the fight was the repeated low kicks that hammered Melendez’s left leg.

“Fight Motion” highlights also include the main event, which champ Amanda Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) won over Valentina Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) by a narrow unanimous decision and Henry Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) finishing Wilson Reis  (22-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) via second-round TKO.

Check out the “Fight Motion” highlights above.

For more on UFC 215, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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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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