HIGHLIGHTS: Valentina Shevchenko Earns a Hard-Fought Five Round Victory at UFC 255

Published 11/22/2020, 12:56 AM EST
CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 08: Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan celebrates her KO victory over Jessica Eye in their women’s flyweight championship bout during the UFC 238 event at the United Center on June 8, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia was the co-main event at UFC 255. ‘Bullet’ is one of the most dominant female fighters to have ever graced the octagon. She has not only beaten all the opponents put in front of her, but she has dominated them. 

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However, the UFC’s conveyor belt of talent has ensured a constant flow of challenges that has kept the champion on her toes. The No.3 ranked flyweight, Maia was a worthy challenger for the title. The Brazilian fighter arguably pushed ‘Bullet’ further than anyone else has been able to.

The fight was thoroughly entertaining and closer than most would have predicted as ‘Bullet’ was a -2,000 favorite going into the fight. Despite facing early adversity, she was able to show her championship mettle and secure a victory.

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Read: VIDEO: Joaquin Buckley delivers another blockbuster knockout at UFC 255

Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia: Twitter reacts

Welterweight Belal Muhammad took to Twitter to share his thoughts on coming up against Shevchenko

Promising bantamweight star Sean O’Malley took to Twitter to laud the two women for an excellent second round.

 

Fellow Brazilian fighter and former champion Rafael dos Anjos took to Twitter and gave his opinion on round two of the fight. 

 

Following her win, ‘Bullet’ delighted fans by performing her trademark post-fight dance.

 

Heavyweight Tanner Boser was in awe of the champion after her fourth title defense.

 

Brett Okamoto of ESPN Tweeted in awe of Shevchenko and compared her to ‘Mighty Mouse’.

 

Former fighter Kenny Florian took to Twitter to voice the thoughts of most MMA fans. He said that he did not expect it to be this close.

 

Marc Raimondi of ESPN showered praise on Jennifer Maia for her valiant effort.

 

Actress Rosie Perez lauded Valentina Shevchenko’s efforts in her Tweet.

 

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani took to Twitter to share an interesting statistic about Valentina Shevchenko and her performance tonight.

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What did you make of Maia’s performance tonight? Did she push the champion further than anyone else has before? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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