‘She Was Like A F*****g Demon’- Dana White Says Valentina Shevchenko Was Pissed

Published 04/26/2021, 2:35 PM EDT


UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko successfully defended her title against Jessica Andrade at UFC 261. She won her fight after inflicting a TKO finish over Andrade in round 2.

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Many lauded her for the performance she delivered. UFC president Dana White too had some words of praise for the champion in the post-fight interview session.

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Asked about his thoughts on Valentina’s performance, White said, “It’s almost like…tell me this is how you felt when she was fighting, like she was pissed like she was mad.” 

White, though, was excited about this fight.

“I loved this fight because I knew Jessica Andrade was gonna show something that she (Valentina) hasn’t seen yet…like she was gonna do this, she was gonna do that.”

He further mentioned that this was one of her best performances.

“She was like a f*****g demon tonight, pissed off that anybody believed that was possible (Andrade’s win) and she looked incredible and it was one of the best performances of her career.”

Shevchenko was clearly determined for the win. ‘Bullet’ started the first round confidently and took the fight to the ground. She almost applied a rear-naked choke on Andrade on the fourth takedown, but Andrade escaped in time. In total, she had 5 takedowns in the first round.

The second round followed first-round proceedings initially. Andrade, though, tried to control the champ but wasn’t able to do it for long. ‘Bullet’ made a quick turnaround and dumped Andrade into the mat. She then moved into a crucifix position over Andrade.

This was followed by continuous elbows, which gradually brought blood drawing out from Andrade. The ref called for the match to stop and as a result, meaning Shevchenko had defended her title for a straight 5th time.

Title defences of Valentina Shevchenko

In December 2018, Shevchenko had faced Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 for the vacant flyweight title match. She won that fight after scoring a unanimous victory at the culmination of round 5. And became the new champion.

As her first title defence, she had faced Jessica Eye in the co-main event at UFC 238. She defeated her challenger via head kick knockout in the second round. She earned a performance of the night bonus.

‘Bullet’ faced Liz Carmouche in the headlining event in August 2019 and defeated her via unanimous decision after round 5. She then faced Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247 and defeated her via a third-round T(KO).

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She faced Jennifer Maia at UFC 255 and won via unanimous decision for the fourth straight defence of her title. And after beating Andrade at UFC 261 via T(KO) in round 2, she has now an astonishing 5 title defences.

Shevchenko looks unstoppable at the moment, and it would be an enormous task for anyone to steal the title from her. Who do you can beat her for the title?

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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